DID YOU KNOW…IT’S NEVER A GOOD IDEA TO REPRESENT YOURSELF IN A CRIMINAL MATTER?
Whether you’re looking at fine or prison time, it’s a good idea to look into hiring the best criminal defense lawyer possible. To put it simply, the legal system is designed in such a way that, even if you have a great mind and a high IQ, representing yourself on a criminal charge in a competent manner is almost impossible.
Because no one criminal case is exactly like another, criminal defense lawyers are trained to pick out the special portions of each case that make them unique. In addition, the best criminal defense lawyer for you may be able to spot certain arguments and factors that could mitigate or even negate any potential crime. When all is said and done, hiring an attorney to represent you on your criminal charge is a necessity.
A criminal defense lawyer has many jobs. In addition to calling witnesses in your defense and cross-examining the prosecution’s witnesses, your criminal defense attorney may also work with the prosecutor to negotiate a “plea bargain”. Prosecutors have what is called “prosecutorial discretion” which means they have the ability to decide what gets charged (multiple counts or a single count—a felony or a misdemeanor). Criminal defense lawyers are skilled at negotiating with prosecutors to figure out what gets charged and what type of plea bargain may be available. Prosecutors are often unwilling to negotiate with defendants that represent themselves or even with attorneys that they do not know the reputation of. At Stockwell & Clark, we have an excellent reputation in our legal community and enjoy excellent working relationships with the prosecutors and judges. Those long term relationships provide credibility that a pro se defendant doesn’t have and allows for better negotiations.
A good criminal defense attorney will also figure out a good sentencing program for your unique situation. At Stockwell & Clark we aren’t just interested in winning cases. We are interested in the well-being of our clients and want to help them resolve the situations that may have caused our clients to interact with the criminal justice system. Whether it’s substance abuse or mental health treatment or simply life skills acquisition, we help our clients not only to get a “good deal” but to put their lives back on track.
Without a criminal defense attorney, you may not know important rules and laws that could be beneficial to your case. More importantly, in addition to written laws and rules, such as the local rules of court, that must be obeyed and followed, there are often many “unwritten rules” that go along with each jurisdiction. At Stockwell & Clark, we have been a part of the legal community for over 30 years. That type of experience and legal knowledge is invaluable.
In addition, if your case is going to trial, many witnesses refuse to give statements or information to people that were allegedly involved in a crime, for fear of their own safety. However, these witnesses are often much more willing to talk to an attorney about their upcoming testimony. At Stockwell & Clark we believe that early investigation is one of the most important parts of our job. The police and prosecutors have a head start in putting their case together so finding out information as soon as possible is key. Whether it is from requesting and reviewing body camera footage or talking to witnesses, investigator or experts, the attorneys at Stockwell & Clark know how to get the information needed for your case.
DID YOU KNOW…THAT WHILE THE PENALTIES FOR DRUG AND MINOR PROPERTY CRIMES ARE GOING DOWN, THE PENALTIES FOR SOME OTHER CRIMES ARE GOING UP?
Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a serious felony, the penalties for most crimes are harsh and the consequences are far reaching. For example, the costs associated with even a deferred or a suspended sentence can be staggering. Then there are programs that you will be required to complete and probation supervision all while you are trying to maintain your employment and put your life back together. And this is nothing compared to the effects of incarceration. Oklahoma’s prison and jail populations are some of the highest in the nation for good reason!
At Stockwell & Clark we have the ability to provide you with the best defense possible and to achieve a strategy that will mitigate some of the harsher consequences. Because we believe that a good criminal defense is comprised of investigation, negotiation, and litigation, we are very successful for our clients. Whether it is the identification of a technical defense or successfully negotiating a plea, we are clearly some of the best at our jobs.
Our years of experience have taught us how to effectively respond and defend you against any type of criminal charges. We understand how stressful of a time this can be and are here to effectively build a criminal defense strategy around protecting you and your rights. Whether you’re facing your first offense or a repeat offense, we’ll walk you through your legal options and work as hard as possible to ensure that your rights are protected.