Criminal Defense: Steps to Defend your Case

In Criminal Defenseby johncannon

Being charged with a criminal offense is a very stressful and confusing experience for any person and their loved ones. The variety of issues you face at one time can seem daunting: your liberty, your rights, and your future; only part of the equation. You are faced with potentially life changing penalties, including a conviction whether it is a misdemeanor offense, DUI, domestic violence, serious felony charge, or federal criminal charge. You need a fierce advocate for your side when going through the complicated process of the criminal justice system; whether state or federal court.

The CANNON & ASSOCIATES, PLLC, founded by National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 in Criminal Defense, John P. Cannon, can help you, if you or a loved one is charged in Oklahoma state, federal, or military court. Our office will begin working on your case the moment you contact us. Your conduct following arrest will have serious consequences or great benefits to your defense. You need to know the following and exercise your rights, if arrested or charged:

1) Your Right to Remain Silent: Exercise your right. The Fifth Amendment protects you from self-incrimination. You have no obligation to speak to law enforcement. You and your attorney will have the chance to tell your side of the story, when appropriate and with the assistance of counsel. Speaking to law enforcement, prior to retaining counsel, is usually not in your best interested. You are giving up a right you cannot get back, silence.

2) Understand the Allegations: Each individual federal crime or state crime charge has specific potential penalties and ramifications. The indictment or information filed against you will not explain these issues. You need experienced criminal defense counsel on your side to Fight for You and ensure you understand the charges you are facing and all the collateral consequences of a plea or going to trial on your case.

3) You have Options: The fact you are charged with a crime does not mean you will automatically be convicted. The government has the burden to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. You should hold the government to its burden or seek the advice of experienced criminal defense counsel, prior to entering a plea to any federal crime or state crime charges. A guilty plea greatly limits your options. Experienced criminal defense counsel can facilitate you obtaining the best possible outcome in your case by holding the government to its burden and exploring defenses you have and weakness in the prosecution’s case.

4) Retain Counsel: An old adage goes “a man who is his own lawyer has a fool for his client”, which means it is foolish to represent yourself in court. You cannot know the rights, defenses, and consequences of your criminal case, if you don’t know the law or hire an attorney that does not know the law. You need experienced criminal defense counsel that knows the rules, procedure, and defenses available to you in your specific state or federal criminal case. John P. Cannon has spent his career serving the Accused in all jurisdictions within the State of Oklahoma.

Contact CANNON & ASSOCIATES, PLLC today to discuss your case, your rights, and your options. The CANNON & ASSOCIATES is ready to fight for you.