But I’m not guilty! Why should I have to hire a lawyer when I’m not guilty?

You need to hire a defense lawyer because nobody else is going to look out for your interests effectively.

It would be great if the North Carolina criminal justice system produced perfect justice, but, in fact, it cannot. The justice system is an imperfect human agency operating within the normal limits of imperfect knowledge.

Since imperfect knowledge means we can’t have perfect justice, the system sets a different goal: clearing cases. For example, even if you are not guilty of the criminal charge you face, the local district attorney or prosecutor believes he has sufficient evidence to convince a jury that you are guilty. If he can get a conviction on that charge, your case will be marked as cleared. The local police will also be able to check off a particular crime as having been cleared by an arrest and a conviction. Everyone involved will be congratulated for doing their job well, and they move one step closer toward the next promotion.

If it sounds like you’re being used as a pawn in a game…

It’s not quite true that you’re being used as a tally counter in some game. In almost every case, law enforcement officers and prosecutors try to avoid a gross miscarriage of justice. If they sincerely believe you are innocent, they will not charge you with a crime. But they work in a job where criminals lie to them constantly, so it’s no wonder they get a little jaded, a little cynical, and a little resistant when someone proclaims their innocence.

If the police, sheriff’s deputies, and prosecutors think you’re the guilty party, you can’t expect sympathy—even when they’re wrong to doubt you.

Can you defend yourself?

If you’ve never had contact with the criminal justice system before, there’s no easy way to make you understand how complex it is. To be effective in a North Carolina criminal case, you have to be thoroughly familiar with:

  • The state and federal law enforcement and corrections system
  • Courtroom rules and procedure
  • Statute law and the larger body of precedent law

Most laypersons simply do not have the competence that comes from years spent working as a criminal defense lawyer in North Carolina. Trust us, this isn’t something you can pick up over a weekend.

You do have the legal right under the U.S. Constitution to defend yourself. But you do not have the background and education to do that effectively. Unless you have made bail arrangements, you may not even have the freedom to learn the fundamentals before your case comes to trial. You don’t have the skills to negotiate a plea agreement or to cross-examine a witness.

We do.

You need Speaks Law Firm

Innocence is great, but it is no magic shield against being convicted of a crime in North Carolina. If you follow the news, you know that innocent people have been convicted often in U.S. courts. You don’t want to join them in prison. What you really need is an effective legal advocate who can use the fact of your innocence to build a solid legal defense strategy.

Hiring a trial lawyer from Speaks Law Firm is essential when you are facing criminal charges in Wilmington or other nearby towns. We have the experience, education, and practical understanding needed to steer your case toward the best possible outcome. Give us a call today at 877-593-4233 to learn how we can help with your defense.