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Importance of Counsel in Indiana Criminal Cases

Importance of Counsel in Indiana Criminal Cases

Defendants have a right to counsel in all criminal proceedings. And while nearly everyone knows this, many people choose to forego this right. Having representation during a criminal case is incredibly important and can be invaluable.

Although representing yourself in a criminal proceeding is an option, it is not suggested. Defendants representing themselves are unlikely to know the appropriate way to obtain or use pretrial discovery, make motions, question and cross-examine witnesses, introduce evidence, or select a jury. There are also countless procedural rules that must be followed in every criminal proceeding that a defendant likely is unaware of. If a defendant were to go into a trial without this knowledge, there would be very little chance of a favorable outcome. An experienced Indiana criminal defense attorney, on the other hand, knows the ins and outs of trial procedure. Their knowledge and experience are invaluable at every stage of the case.

Even if the defendant chooses to forego a trial and accept a plea agreement, it is still important to hire counsel. A prosecutor may not take an unrepresented defendant seriously and may have no incentive to reduce the charges. However, a defendant represented by an attorney likely has a better chance at securing a more favorable plea deal. Counsel would be able to make more logical, thoughtful, and convincing legal arguments about a defendant’s case that could lead to a more satisfying plea agreement.

Perhaps the most important reason counsel is needed in a criminal case is to ensure a defendant’s rights are not violated. A defendant may not know all of his or her rights, or how those rights can be preserved in a criminal case. An attorney with experience in Indiana criminal defense will not only know what the defendant’s rights are but will also make sure that those rights are protected.

An attorney is a vital resource during criminal proceedings. If you or someone you know have found yourself involved in a criminal case, contact McNeely Law today. Call us at 317-825-5110 to talk to an Indiana criminal defense attorney who can help preserve your rights and navigate you through the complexities of your case.

This McNeelyLaw LLP publication should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion of any specific facts or circumstances. The contents are intended for general informational purposes only, and you are urged to consult your own lawyer on any specific legal questions you may have concerning your situation.

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