If you’ve been accused of a crime, it is important to align yourself
with a proven defense attorney who can help you develop a winning strategy
for your case. Everything you tell your lawyer is confidential, so it
is important to inform your defender of your whereabouts and actions during
the crime. Based on the facts you provide and the investigations conducted
by your legal team, a strategic defense will be built on your behalf.
At the Law Offices of Daniel J Miller, we give our clients undivided attention
to ensure satisfaction. Our Virginia Beach criminal defense attorneys
are dedicated to representing your best interests throughout the entire
Contact us at (757) 517-2942 now.
Informing Your Defense Attorney
Typically, defendants approach their situation in one of three ways:
Admission of guilt: A full admission of guilt is when a defendant admits that they committed
the crime. “Yes, I did break into my neighbor’s home through
the window and stole their TV,” would be a full admission of guilt.
Denial of guilt: A full denial of guilt is the inverse of a full admission of guilt. This
is a complete denial of whatever crime they’ve been accused of.
“I didn’t steal my neighbor’s TV. I was out of town
visiting friends. I couldn’t have stolen it,” would be a full
denial of guilt.
Admission and explanation of the crime: An admission and explanation of the crime is a hybrid of the two explanations
listed above. It typically involves admitting to a portion of the crime,
but denying another aspect of it. For example, “I did take their
TV due to the neighbor asking for me to fix the antenna, but I used the
spare key I was given. I didn’t break in, and didn’t smash
their window,” would be an admission and explanation.
Developing Your Strategy
Based on the information above, you and your attorney will create a workable
strategy to defend you against the charges that have been made in your
name. The goal is to obtain the most favorable outcome possible, whether
this means dropped charges, lesser charges, or even a plea bargain. How
is this done?
- Your attorney will ask you about the details of your arrest. Did they forget
to inform you of your right to remain silent, or your right to legal representation?
Did they question you without a lawyer? If so, anything you said or wrote
in a statement may have been obtained unconstitutionally, and your attorney
could use these facts to discredit the arresting officers and throw out
- Your lawyer will also analyze the evidence of the crime as a whole, including
any evidence the prosecution might use against you. For example, does
the prosecution have a witness to the crime? How did the witness identify
you? Your attorney will use all of these factors to present you in the
most favorable light possible to the judge and jury.
Overall, your attorney will work with you and act in your best interests,
whether that be lessening the charge, reducing the length of your sentence,
or even expunging your record after conviction. Therefore, it is important
to be open with your criminal defense lawyer, and work together to create
the most promising strategy for your case.
If you have been charged with a crime, contact our Virginia Beach criminal defense attorneys
at (757) 517-2942.
We at the Law Offices of Daniel J Miller are dedicated to helping you.
Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or need representation
for a felony, our attorneys work for you throughout the entire process.
With over 15 years of experience in criminal law, we have the focus and
experience needed to properly represent you.