Should I Still Hire an Attorney if I Think I’m Guilty?
Facing criminal charges is always a terrifying experience, especially when you know (or think you know) you’re guilty. Some people believe that pleading guilty and accepting punishment can make their lives easier because by doing so, they won’t have to go through the grueling court process.
However, it’s very unlikely that admitting your guilt without putting up a fight will make your life easier—even if you think there is no way you can prove your innocence. Having legal counsel can significantly improve your chances of achieving the best possible outcome in your case. Even if your innocence cannot be proven, your attorney could help you negotiate reduced charges and/or a lesser sentence.
As a criminal defense attorney at Darryl A. Stallworth Law Office, I can thoroughly investigate your criminal case, examine the evidence against you, and explain the defense options that may be available to you. My law office is based in Oakland, California, but I serve people accused of criminal offenses throughout Northern California, San Francisco, Alameda County, and the Bay Area.
Possible Consequences of a Guilty Plea
Many people do not understand what a guilty plea is and what it entails. When you plead guilty, you admit to committing the crime of which you are accused and thus accept punishment. Depending on the type and severity of the crime, possible penalties that you may face after pleading guilty include:
loss of the driver’s license
loss of professional licenses
loss of a job
loss of the right to carry a firearm
difficulty finding employment
difficulty finding housing
Another consequence of entering a guilty plea is that you waive certain constitutional protections, including the right to a jury trial. For this reason, you might want to speak with an attorney to discuss how you should proceed with your case before you make a life-altering decision.
Reasons to Hire an Attorney Even if You Think You Are Guilty
Navigating the criminal justice system after an arrest can be terrifying and overwhelming, especially if you do not retain legal counsel early in the process. Even if you think you are guilty and there is zero chance of fighting for your innocence, it might still be a good idea to hire a criminal defense attorney for the following reasons:
The attorney will provide advice regarding your legal options (your future may not be as bleak as you think);
The attorney can challenge the evidence presented against you by the prosecutor to get the charges dismissed or reduced;
The attorney can negotiate a favorable plea deal to achieve the best possible result in your case; and
The attorney can explore your alternatives to imprisonment, such as probation, community service, home detention, drug diversion programs, and drug treatment programs.
As a results-driven and seasoned trial lawyer, I will fight diligently to protect your future and clear your name. I can challenge the accusations against you, identify inconsistencies in the prosecutor’s case, and analyze your case for potential violations of your rights or procedural requirements to negotiate a favorable plea deal, get the charges reduced, or attempt to have your case dismissed.
Do Not Be Afraid to Talk to a Defense Attorney
Some people get nervous at the mere thought of having to discuss the details of their case with anyone, including a criminal defense attorney, because they’re afraid that they might say something wrong. However, it’s essential to keep in mind that defense attorneys will not judge you. Your attorney is on your side. Their job is to guide you through your case, answer your questions, and fight for your best possible result. You should not be afraid to tell them the truth because if you don’t, your attorney will not be able to defend you in the most effective and efficient manner possible.
You Have Rights. Use Them.
When facing criminal charges, hiring a skilled and dedicated attorney is crucial, even if you think you are guilty. At Darryl A. Stallworth Law Office, I can put my decades of legal experience to work and vigorously fight for your rights and freedom. Do not let the stress overcome you and cause you to make a decision you will regret. Contact my office today to schedule an informative consultation.