Have you been charged with a crime and are not sure if hiring a lawyer is worth it?
This week, I would like to share with you about why hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney is so important. In today’s world, with DIY (do it yourself) options everywhere and an ample amount of information on the Internet, it is understandable why some people may think that they can save money by representing themselves during a criminal trial.
Or maybe you are under the impression that just any attorney will do. I’m writing this article to demonstration the potential risk in doing that. Just any lawyer will not fight for your freedoms and your life. Only an experienced criminal defense attorney will do that.
Why You Should Hire an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
Merissa Alexander – Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison
Back in September, we reported about a case out of Tallahassee, Florida. Merissa Alexander had been sentenced to 20 years in prison after firing a warning shot at her husband.
The 33-year-old went to her home to pick up some personal items after having a baby 9 days earlier. When she arrived, she found her estranged husband and a confrontation erupted. She then went to her car for her gun. While at the home, she reported firing a warning shot at the wall. Her husband reported that she fired the gun with her eyes closed.
Her self-defense fell apart when the jury acknowledged that she had left the home and gone back to her car for the gun.
However, Alexander is now appealing and being offered another trial because the trial judge failed to tell the jury what is needed to prove a self-defense case. They called it a “fundamental error.”
For more on this story, please visit our article, Tallahassee Woman Gets 20 Years for Firing Warning Shot.
Thomas Highers and Raymond Highers – 26 Years Later Murder Charges Dismissed
After a witness came forward saying that it wasn’t two white men that killed Robert Karey, a known drug dealer, but instead two black men, the murder convictions for Thomas and Raymond Highers were thrown out and a new trial was ordered.
During the new trial, the prosecution tried to say that while they felt the brothers were guilty, too much time had passed. The defense came back reporting that with the new evidence, the case was dismissed and that was enough to free the men.
After 26 years, the two brothers now walk free.
You can read more this story by visiting the article, Murder Charges Dismissed for Two Brothers After 26 Years.
David Bryant – Released After 40 Years in Prison
When you are 18-years-old, you may think you know a lot, but what David Bryant didn’t know is that his criminal defense attorney wouldn’t provide a proper defense for him. That landed him a sentence of 40 years in prison after being convicted of raping, beating and murdered at 8-year-old child.
At some point after being arrested for the crime, Bryant confessed to the murder. This was back in 1975, and it was later revealed that his confession was coerced.
For some reason, Bryant’s defense attorney refused to do this homework because he didn’t confer with a blood and semen testing expert. Bryant spent 40 years in prison for this one mistake.
For more on this story, please visit Man Release From Prison After 4 Decades.
Getting Charges Reduced
Sometimes people make mistakes. When this happens, a conscientious defense attorney should work diligently to get the charges reduced. Below are a few examples from my website,
- State of Michigan v. Moreno
In this case, the defendant was charged with 2nd degree murder after allegedly driving while intoxicated and crashing into a vehicle that killed his passenger and fiancé.
I was able to get the charges reduced and the defendant only spent less than a year in jail.
You can read more about this case and others by visiting, Criminal Law Cases.
The truth is our freedoms are extremely valuable. If you or someone you love is facing charges that threaten those freedoms, the best defense is to equip yourself with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Please call my office today.
248-348-7400 or 586-530-1000