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What does a criminal lawyer do?

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A criminal lawyer is a legal professional who specialises in the defence of individuals or organisations charged with criminal offences and traffic offences. If you’re charged with an offence, it’s very important that you seek expert legal advice from a criminal lawyer. Otherwise, the consequences could impact your life for years to come.

8 key tasks that a criminal lawyer typically performs:

  1. Provide legal advice: A criminal lawyer will provide legal advice to their clients about the charges they are facing, the potential consequences of a conviction, and the legal options available to them.
  2. Investigate the case: A criminal lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation of the case against their client, including reviewing evidence, interviewing witnesses, and consulting with experts as needed.
  3. Develop a defence strategy: Based on their investigation, a criminal lawyer will develop a defence strategy that is tailored to the specific facts of the case. This may involve challenging the admissibility of evidence, identifying weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, and exploring potential defences.
  4. Negotiate with the prosecution: In some cases, a criminal lawyer may be able to negotiate with the prosecution to have charges reduced or dismissed, or to reach a plea agreement that minimises the potential consequences of a conviction.
  5. Assist with a bail application: Being refused bail can have serious consequences. That’s why it’s important to hire a lawyer. A criminal lawyer can explain the bail laws, prepare a bail application, represent you in court, negotiate bail conditions and appeal bail conditions.
  6. Represent their client in court: If the case goes to trial, a criminal lawyer will represent their client in court, presenting evidence and arguments on their behalf, cross-examining witnesses, and making objections as needed. In some cases, they may recommend hiring a barrister. Most criminal lawyers will have a list of barristers and experts that they work with.
  7. Advocate for their client’s rights: Throughout the legal process, a criminal lawyer will advocate for their client’s legal rights, ensuring that they are not subjected to illegal or unethical practices by law enforcement officials or prosecutors.
  8. Help minimise the consequences of a conviction: Even if their client is ultimately convicted, a criminal lawyer will work to minimise the potential consequences of the conviction, such as by seeking a reduced sentence or alternative sentencing options.

Conclusion

Overall, a criminal lawyer plays a critical role in the defence of individuals or organisations charged with criminal offences, working to protect their client’s legal rights and achieve the best possible outcome for their case.

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