SHOULD I STILL HIRE AN ATTORNEY IF I THINK I'M GUILTY?
April 22, 2022
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in 2020, there were 7,700 alcohol-related crashes in the state. Driving under the influence remains a safety issue in Pennsylvania, and if you have been arrested for a DUI or another crime, you are not alone.
Even if you believe you are guilty, there are several points you should consider before you decide whether or not to hire an attorney. When you are facing criminal court, you are in a serious situation and should have all the information you need about the consequences of a conviction.
My law firm, The Law Offices of John Della Rocca, serves clients who are guilty of charges and those who aren’t sure how the law applies in their case. I want to answer your questions and help you understand the possible outcome of your case. With 24 years of experience, I know what it takes to provide assertive legal service to my clients – and I know exactly what’s on the line.
The Law Offices of John Della Rocca serves clients in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the nearby areas, including Delaware County, Montgomery County, Bucks County, Chester County, and communities throughout New Jersey.
Reasons to Hire an Attorney Even if You Think You’re Guilty
Facing criminal charges is a difficult experience and one that’s made worse when you do it alone. A criminal defense attorney can help significantly even if you think you are guilty.
Understand Your Options
With the help of an experienced Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney, you can learn more about the legal process and how the charges could affect your future. An attorney can describe your options, such as types of pleas and alternative sentencing, based on your charges.
Burden of Proof
The prosecution must be able to prove that you are guilty before you can be sentenced. Your criminal defense attorney can help your case by casting a reasonable doubt that the prosecution has fulfilled its burden of proof duty.
If the prosecution cannot respond and prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, then you may be able to receive a lighter sentence.
Negotiate a Plea Deal
When you are guilty of charges, you may have the option to negotiate a plea deal. On your own, it may be difficult to negotiate. But with a skilled attorney who knows the law and may already know the prosecutor, the chances of negotiating a better plea deal could be much higher.
Alternatives to Jail
In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, you may be eligible to receive alternative sentencing in place of a jail sentence. Whether are eligible will depend on your criminal record and your current charges. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you seek an alternative such as a diversion program, house arrest, community service, or probation.
Ensure the Punishment Fits the Crime
In some cases, the charges are inappropriately heavy for the crime that was committed. In this situation, it can be helpful to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side who can demonstrate that the punishment does not fit the crime and needs to be changed.
Communicate With Your Defense Attorney
When you hire a defense attorney, you get their experience and knowledge on your side. Answer their questions truthfully. Be honest with your attorney. Their goal is to help you move past these charges and move on with your life in the best way possible for you. Remember that your attorney will guide you as to what they want to know.
Don’t Risk Your Future. Call Now.
Hiring an attorney could be the difference between jail time and probation. At my firm, The Law Offices of John Della Rocca, I will do everything I can to serve your needs and put your best interests first. The Law Offices of John Della Rocca serves clients in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the nearby areas, including Delaware County, Montgomery County, Bucks County, Chester County, and communities throughout New Jersey. Contact my firm today to schedule a free consultation.