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What are the Responsibilities of a Criminal Lawyer?

maryland criminal lawyerIf you have been charged with a crime in Maryland, an aggressive criminal defense lawyer is going to be your new best friend. They are the person that is going to be in your corner through thick and thin both in and out of court attempting to convince the judge and jury of your position in the case. There are certain objectives that a criminal defense lawyer will strive to meet in order to make sure that they do everything in their power to get a successful outcome for your criminal case.

What Are Some Basic Objectives of a Maryland Criminal Lawyer

You may not see everything that your Maryland criminal lawyer does, but it doesn’t mean that they aren’t working hard for you behind the scenes. Courtroom appearances are only a small part of what your criminal lawyer does. Some of the behind the scenes work that they are required to perform outside of the courtroom include:

  • Conduct legal research – Even after a full 7+ years of formal education there are always new cases and procedures that need to be researched; every new case brings its own issues that need to be researched for current law. The US Supreme Court is always deciding new and interesting issues which actually changes the criminal law for the States so attorneys have to stay on top of those changes in addition to new law in their own state in order to be current.  Attorneys generally spend time researching issues that pertain specifically to a given case, looking for law, loopholes and similar cases that can help achieve success in your case.
  • Developing evidence – Usually you will assist in this part and your Maryland criminal lawyer will clue you in on what certain pieces of evidence mean and how it can benefit your case, but you may not see all witness and evidence development that goes on in the background. Your lawyer will do everything in their power to develop evidence to support your case and discredit the prosecution’s case.
  • Interviewing and gathering witnesses – Chances are there are more than a few people who can help give credence to your case. Your lawyer will spend time getting witness testimony and finding out everything they can about what really happened to spin your case in a positive fashion for the fact finder (judge or jury). They’ll also locate and identify expert witnesses that may testify on your behalf. In the majority of case be it civil or criminal, issues tend to crop up which are outside the intellectual jurisdiction of the normal juror or judge, when that happens a party is required to bring in an expert in order provide testimony on that issue.  This is why there are so many experts called to court to testify in all types of cases.
  • Instruct you on courtroom etiquette – How you dress, what you say, and how you look and behave in court, all matter more than you may think. The little things can easily sway a judge or jury as they are watching the parties very closely in order to decide whether they like the person, trust the person and want to help that person in their legal plight. Your Maryland criminal lawyer will assess the situation and instruct you on what is necessary to help you get the best possible outcome in your case. It’s important that you heed the advice of your criminal lawyer as they have experience in courtroom procedure and etiquette and can give you the best direction.

Bruce Robinson & Associates – Your Maryland Criminal Lawyers

Robinson and Associates is a criminal defense firm. If you have been charged with a criminal offense, contact us for a free review of your case.  To schedule your free consultation, give Robinson & Associates a call at 443-524-7395 or visit our website You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Source: Lawyer Edu

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