The criminal justice system can be difficult for anyone to navigate. It has complex rules that have to be followed exactly in order for people to have their rights protected. Deviating from these rules can have a negative outcome on a person's case.
Since no one is perfect, it goes without saying that people make mistakes. When these mistakes involve criminal charges, the consequences can be serious. A criminal conviction can lead to jail or prison time, large fines, probation and more.
Criminal proceedings can be long drawn out affairs. At best they can take months, at worst criminal proceedings can last years. From the initial charges all the way through the appeals, having the right criminal defense strategy can make all the difference. But criminal defense can include more than just defending against the charges, in some cases plea negotiation can be vital to a person's defense.