After being arrested and charged with a criminal offense, the reality of what lies ahead starts to sink in almost immediately. This is a situation that no one ever wants to find themselves in, whether you are innocent or not. The prospect of going to jail, incurring hefty fines, and having your personal and professional life ruined forever can weigh heavily on anyone.
If you’ve been accused of a crime or merely suspect that you are being investigated for a crime, it is paramount that you contact an experienced Easley criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Early intervention can help you avoid any damaging charges or give you the best chances of a favorable outcome for your upcoming case. If you’ve already been formally charged with a crime in and Easley, South Carolina, you need the best possible legal defense you can get.
At Hernandez & Cabra, we have a team of highly-skilled criminal defense attorneys who have experience tackling criminal cases, and they know and have what it takes to build the best defense strategy for their clients, regardless of the crime. We will fight aggressively to prove your innocence or ensure the minimum possible punishment by skillfully negotiating with the prosecution. Call us today at 864-501-4384 today to protect your right. We are prepared to build a formidable defense for you.
What Are Your Rights as a Criminal Defendant in South Carolina?
Your rights as a criminal defendant are guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. However, since most people don’t know about these rights, the police and prosecutors often take advantage of this ignorance to ensure they end up behind bars. An attorney will help you better understand your rights and ensure that they aren’t trampled upon.
The Fourth Amendment Rights
The Fourth Amendment protects American citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures. It stipulates that the government should have probable cause to carry out any searches or seizures. It also prohibits the use of illegally obtained evidence against a defendant.
The Fifth Amendment Rights
The Fifth Amendment offers protection against self-incrimination. It guarantees your right to remain silent (Miranda rights) and your right not to be put in double jeopardy (being tried for the same crime twice).
The Sixth Amendment Rights
The Sixth Amendment guarantees the following rights:
- The right to legal representation (an attorney)
- The right to a speedy trial presided over by a jury of peers
- The right to confront witnesses
The Eighth Amendment Rights
The Eighth Amendment guarantees the right to reasonable bail and provides protection against cruel or unusual punishment.
How Can an Easley Criminal Defense Lawyer Help Me?
While you are legally entitled to represent yourself in a criminal case, it is in your best interests to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side during the entire process. While appearing in court pro see will help you avoid the costs of hiring a lawyer, the chances of realizing success in your case are next to zero and you are sure to face far more severe penalties than you would have had you hired a lawyer to fight for you.
Here are some of the ways an attorney can help your case:
Evaluating Your Charges and Evidence
An attorney will carefully evaluate the charges laid against you, assess all the relevant facts and evidence, and get started on building a solid defense strategy for you. Depending on the specific facts of your case, they may try to have the case dismissed, choose to enter a plea bargain or fight the charges in a trial.
Knowledge of the Law
Criminal defense attorneys have an in-depth understanding of the law and are familiar with court rules and procedures. They will help to determine whether everything starting from your arrest was done properly and according to the law. Some factors such as the violation of certain rights can help your attorney have your case thrown out of court even if you are guilty.
Educating You on the Laws that Apply to Your Case
An attorney will help you understand what to expect and how the applying laws affect your case. This can help you avoid unnecessary worries and help you better prepare for your case.
Negotiating a Plea Bargain
It is a fact that the majority of criminal cases don’t go to trial and are resolved through plea bargains. Your attorney will be able to determine whether it is better to enter a plea bargain or fight for your innocence before a judge and jury. If entering a plea bargain is your best option, your attorney will use their negotiation skills to reach the most favorable plea agreement in your case. He or she will seek to reduce the number or severity of the charges laid against you, thus resulting in a lighter punishment.
Our attorneys have extensive trial experience and know what it takes to guarantee the best possible outcome in a criminal case. We know how to present facts and arguments in the most effective and convincing manner, ensuring that the judge and/or jury remain on your side throughout the process. With us, you are guaranteed the best possible outcome in your case.
What Are the Types of Cases We Specialize in at Hernandez & Cabra?
Our legal team at Hernandez & Cabra handles the following criminal defense cases.
Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or felony charge in Easley, South Carolina, our team of experienced criminal defense attorneys at Hernandez & Cabra can provide the best legal representation. We have a firm understanding of criminal law and we will leave no stone unturned when it comes to building a strong defense for you.
Juvenile Criminal Defense
At Hernandez & Cabra, we understand the devastation a criminal charge can have on a minor’s life. This is why we are committed to fighting for the rights of juvenile defendants. It is only right that they get a second chance at a bright future. We will fight to have the charges laid against your child significantly reduced or even dropped.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious criminal offense that can have severe and long-lasting consequences on your life. Our attorneys will fight hard to protect your rights and keep the charge off your record.
Contact an Experienced Easley Criminal Defense Attorney
Being accused of a crime is something that you should take very seriously. In the event that you are convicted, you could face serious legal ramifications as well as other negative consequences that will follow you long after you’ve completed your legal punishment. It is in your best interest that you keep your record clean or at the very least minimize the effects of a conviction.
With the experienced team of Easley criminal defense attorneys at Hernandez & Cabra, you can be assured of the best legal representation and outcome from your case. Call us today at 864-501-4384 to protect your freedom and future.