Should I Tell My Lawyer I Did It?
When people are arrested and accused of a crime, their first step is typically to hire an attorney. People know that there is a lot on the line when they are facing a conviction, and they also know that an attorney can help to mitigate the consequences of their crime. Unfortunately, some people believe that they should only tell their attorney the facts if they are innocent of the crime. The truth of the matter is that people should disclose everything to their attorney, even if they committed the crime of which they stand accused.
The State Has to Prove Their Case
In any criminal proceedings, the state has the burden of proof. That is, even if you and your lawyer know that you have committed the crime, the state still has to prove it. Not only does the state have to show that you did what you are accused of, but they have to do so beyond a reasonable doubt.
Within the criminal justice system, you are considered innocent until proven guilty. Whether or not you actually committed the crime, you need an attorney who can cast doubt on the case. Without all of the information, your attorney cannot represent you to the best of their ability. When your attorney has the facts, they can offer you their best assistance.
Perhaps you did commit the crime. You know you are guilty, your attorney knows you are guilty, but your attorney also knows that there is more to the case. Maybe you acted under duress or in self defense. An attorney can look at the facts and interpret them using current law. In some cases, you may have committed a crime, but not one as serious as you have been charged with. No matter: Your attorney can only work for you in the best way if they know everything you know.
A person should never assume that their case is open and shut. Even if there is nothing that can save you from being found guilty, your attorney can negotiate on your behalf, possibly lessening the severity of your punishment. An experienced attorney can work on your behalf to lessen your sentence, possibly even helping you to avoid jail time. An attorney cannot do this if you tie their hands with lies and falsehoods.
When you provide your attorney with all of the pertinent information, and even the information you think may not matter, you are giving them the tools they need to defend you to the best of their ability. Keep in mind that your attorney is your advocate, not your enemy.
If you have been arrested for a crime in Atlanta, call our experienced team of criminal defense attorneys for assistance today. We will help you schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation and advise you of your legal options. Don’t assume that there is no defense for what you may have done. We have years of experience in the local court systems and will defend you vigorously.