Why You Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer

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If you have been charged with a crime, even if you believe you are guilty, you can still benefit from working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

The criminal justice system is incredibly complicated. And when you have been charged with a crime, even a relatively minor one, the stakes are high. You could be facing significant fines and possible jail times. And the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction can be severe. They may include loss or inability to obtain a professional license, barriers to housing opportunities, lost eligibility for scholarships or admission to college or technical school, and limitations on your civil rights, such as the right to vote, the right to hold office, and the right to own a gun.

If you are facing criminal charges, you should discuss your case with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. At the Stowe Law Firm, PLLC, North Carolina criminal defense attorney Ryan Stowe will evaluate your case, explain your options, and fight hard to protect your rights and minimize the likelihood and consequences of a conviction.

How a Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help

An experienced criminal defense lawyer can provide legal advice, offer support, and explain the potential consequences of decisions you make about handling criminal charges. A criminal defense lawyer will also provide an objective evaluation of your situation and help you evaluate consequences that you may not have considered.

In addition, a criminal defense lawyer can evaluate the evidence the prosecution intends to introduce to try to convict you, challenge that evidence, work with the prosecutor to negotiate a plea arrangement, or even have the case against you dismissed.

Why You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney on Your Side

The criminal justice system is complicated and confusing, especially for people who have not studied the law and may not fully understand the nature and potential consequences of the charges they are facing.

Many people think they can go to their first court appearance alone, take a plea, and move on with their life. Unfortunately, this decision may have unforeseen consequences that will have repercussions for years to come.

By pleading guilty, even to a relatively minor offense, you risk having your driver’s license suspended, forfeiting certain career options, jeopardizing housing options for yourself and your family, and losing out on financial options that can help you attend college or technical school. You also face the loss of your civil rights, such as the right to vote, the right to serve on a jury, the right to run for elected office, and the right to own a firearm.

Creating a Defense Strategy

When you work with North Carolina criminal defense attorney Ryan Stowe, he will analyze the circumstances of your situation and the law that applies. He will independently investigate the charges against you to uncover why your case is unique and design a defense strategy that accounts for the specific facts of your situation and the law that applies. In some cases, this information can be used to negotiate a plea deal for significantly reduced charges. And if trial is necessary, Mr. Stowe will work to identify inconsistencies in the prosecution’s case to show why you should be found not guilty.

Negotiating a Plea Deal

Armed with his own independent investigation of your case, Mr. Stowe will try to negotiate a significant reduction of the charges against you or even outright dismissal of your case.

A negotiated plea is almost always better than the prosecutor’s first offer. And an experienced criminal defense lawyer like Ryan Stowe has years of experience to draw from that can be used to create a deal that a non-lawyer would be unable to think of.

Saving You Money

Believe it or not, working with an attorney can save you money in the long run. While there is an up-front cost to hiring an attorney, you will make up for that cost through significant cost savings that come from reduced fines and court costs and avoiding expenses associated with time in jail, bail, and other fees. Your attorney can also minimize the number of days you will need to miss from work and save you time by anticipating problems you may not have considered.

Defending You in Court

When you appear in court, whether for pre-trial conferences or for trial, Mr. Stowe will be your advocate. He will identify and point out inconsistencies in the prosecution’s case, call and question witnesses in your defense, and cross-examine any witnesses called by the prosecutor.

Questioning a witness is not as easy as it looks on TV, and there are complex rules of evidence that apply.

As an experienced criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Stowe will present your case in the best possible light and argue for either a reduction in charges, a reduced sentence, or outright dismissal of the case against you.

The Stowe Law Firm: Serious Representation for Serious Crimes

If you are under investigation or have been charged with a crime in or around Salisbury, North Carolina, criminal defense attorney Ryan Stowe can help.

Mr. Stowe has extensive experience defending people who have been charged with committing a crime. He is a zealous advocate for his clients and a fierce defender of their rights.

Learn more about North Carolina criminal defense attorney Ryan Stowe and the cases he handles. Read reviews from other people he has helped. Then contact the Stowe Law Firm today to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your situation and how we can help.