Anyone alleged to be involved in the criminal loss of another’s life should consider themselves in very hot water. The penalties for a murder conviction are harsh in Maryland and could include decades or a lifetime of incarceration.
Defending against conviction may seem impossible, but with proper legal counsel, your odds are probably better than you think. Of course, not just any representative will do—you need dedication, legal knowledge and experience to improve your situation.
How can you ensure a good match?
Some people just do not mesh well together. However, it is usually a good sign if you feel comfortable discussing your situation and confiding in a potential representative. You can learn more about your compatibility and what your candidates have to offer by asking questions like these.
- How many murder cases have you handled? Someone with prior experience can help defendants avoid mistakes and make wise decisions throughout their defense.
- What is your client communication policy? A representative who quickly shares information and responds to your calls can keep you up-to-date about your case.
- How knowledgeable are you about plea bargain risks? If the prosecution offers you a plea deal, you need someone with the knowledge to help you determine the risks and rewards of accepting.
- Will you listen to my input? You may have unique insight into your case, and skilled representatives know how to use it to strengthen your defense.
There is much to lose if convicted on murder charges, and it will affect your loved ones as much as you. With so much at stake, do not leave your fate to chance. Instead, play an active role in your defense by securing representation as early as possible.