Attorneys across the United States hear this question time and time again: “If I am innocent, what is the point of having an attorney?” The concept makes sense if everything plays out perfectly. The perfect scenario would look something like this: A man gets charged with a crime. The man knows he didn’t do it and during questioning, he is open and honest about every aspect of his involvement in the case. Interrogators believe what the man says, drop the charges and the man is free to go.
In a perfect world, this would be the outcome. But we all know that this isn’t our reality. There have been many cases where someone was charged and convicted for doing something they never did. Oftentimes, the individual’s own honesty during questioning works against him or her and actually makes that person look guilty. Sometimes, as we often see on crime shows, the individual has to do nothing more than act cold or disconnected for police officers to assume guilt.
These are just some of the scenarios that should the importance of having an attorney by your side. A lawyer will have the legal knowledge and experience it takes to navigate your case, whether it’s a drunk driving charge or a manslaughter charge. He or she can work to protect your rights from start to finish.
Knowing that you are innocent is sometimes only half the battle. In many cases, individuals are put in a situation where they feel as though they have to prove their innocence. Having an attorney by your side during this process can help alleviate the stress and fear that is often associated.