If you’ve been accused of a violent crime, you probably already know that it’s in your best interest to hire a violent crime defense attorney in Chicago. But after you hire a lawyer, how much should you say? Can you tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?
This guide explains.
Violent Crime Defense: Can You Tell Your Lawyer the Truth?
Violent crime defense is unlike other types of criminal defense because in many cases, the stakes are much higher. You’re not likely to spend several years in prison if you’re convicted of jaywalking – but you could if you were convicted of a violent crime. For that reason, many people choose to work with a Chicago violent crime defense attorney who understands the law and the penalties they’re facing.
When you hire an attorney, you need to know that eventually, you’ll discuss the facts of your case. Your lawyer needs at least a little detail; if not, he can’t give you the legal advice you need.
But you may not want to spill all the tea at once. Your attorney will ask you very specific questions based on what he needs to know. And in some cases, he may ask you to tell him everything about the case from start to finish.
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What if You Admit Guilt to Your Lawyer?
Even if you admit guilt to your lawyer, that doesn’t mean he’ll tell you not to go to trial or to accept a plea bargain. Your lawyer might advise you to go to trial (even if you’re guilty of the crime) if:
- Police violated your rights
- The prosecution violated your rights
- You’re guilty of lesser crimes than what the prosecution has charged you with (such as domestic battery rather than aggravated domestic battery)
- The prosecution won’t negotiate, or has offered you an unreasonable plea bargain
- You may get a better sentence from the judge after your attorney ensures all the facts come out about your case
Even if your attorney knows you’re guilty of a crime, he can argue that the jury should find you not guilty.
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Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney?
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