Finding yourself charged with a crime can be frightening. The consequences are very real, and since being “tough on crime” is rarely a losing political strategy, the consequences continue to get more and more severe. You might feel the weight of those consequences, along with facing a prosecution with a seemingly unlimited budget, backed by the power of the entire judicial system. You need something that can help you contend against them.
That’s what a criminal defense lawyer does. We believe deeply in the importance of seeing the accused’s rights upheld. It is imperative that defendants have their chance to be defended and that the burden of proof is rightfully on the prosecution. The North Carolina criminal defense team at Christina Rivenbark & Associates fights hard to ensure that our clients are given every fair chance that their Constitutional rights demand.
The penalties that are handed down in criminal cases can vary widely, depending on the particulars of the crime. Factors that are considered when determining sentencing include:
Some of the options available to a judge for sentencing include:
A criminal defense lawyer acts as the protector of your rights, your advisor, and a representative on your behalf throughout the legal process. Everything that we do is in service of defending our clients and giving them a formidable chance at victory. Some of the things that we do include:
A: Getting arrested can be a frightening thing. It can make someone feel a variety of emotions, from anger and frustration to shame and disappointment. It’s a vulnerable time, though, and if you aren’t careful, that fact will be used against you. Therefore, it’s important to handle the process of being arrested in the right way, or something that you say or do might later be used against you in court.
The first step to doing this is remaining calm. If you let your emotions take hold and guide your actions, it’s very easy to make a bad situation worse. It’s also important that you avoid saying very much. You have a right to remain silent so that you don’t accidentally say something that might later be used against you in court. Given that cops are trained to get these kinds of confessions out of people, you should use your right to remain silent.
Lastly, you should call a lawyer, like those at Christina Rivenbark & Associates, as soon as you can. We have experience working with all kinds of criminal charges, from drug offenses to robbery to assault. The sooner you call a criminal defense lawyer, the sooner they can protect your rights and get to investigating and putting together a defense on your behalf.
A: Having a criminal record can come with a severe set of consequences on its own. A criminal record is searchable on background checks, which can cause a number of career, educational, financial, and social issues. Some of these include:
A: Who you choose to represent you in a criminal case is an important decision. You are asking them to defend you when you have a lot depending on the outcome. It stands to reason that you want to find the right person to represent you. Some of the more important traits that a criminal defense lawyer can have are:
A: The type of defense that is used against criminal charges varies from case to case, though there are some general principles of defense that are worth mentioning. First of all, it’s critical to remember that the burden of proof is on the prosecution. They are required to show, “beyond a reasonable doubt,” that the defendant is guilty of a crime. It can be a successful defense strategy, in some cases, to continually challenge the validity of the evidence that the prosecution puts forth, questioning their narrative of what occurred.
There is also an array of defensive strategies that can be used to show that the defendant wasn’t even present at the time of the crime, such as the presentation of counter-evidence or demonstrating an alibi. Some strategies may even involve admitting that the incident in question occurred but, for a number of reasons, it wasn’t actually criminal. This is the thinking behind arguing for something like self-defense in violent crime or that there was consent in the case of sexual assault.
With so many options for defense available, it’s the job of a criminal defense lawyer to narrow things down to the defensive strategy that is most appropriate for a given case.
At Christina Rivenbark & Associates, we make sure that the prosecution’s case is challenged aggressively and thoroughly. We understand just how much is at stake for you in a criminal trial. Serious consequences require a serious defense, and that’s what we offer. Our investigations are thorough, our preparation of a defensive strategy is meticulously done, and our argument on your behalf in court is aggressive and relentless. It’s our job to represent you in court, and we can defend you with the same intensity that you would yourself. We deeply believe in the rights of the accused, and we push to see that they are protected and respected. If you’re facing criminal charges, or you are just under investigation, then you could benefit from contacting us today to discuss your case.