What Is a Criminal Defense Attorney?
Criminal defense attorneys represent people who are being criminally prosecuted by either the state or the federal government. Unlike in civil cases, where a person or a company can commence a lawsuit (whether it be for an injury, a contract violation, a property dispute, or anything else), in a criminal case, only the government can bring the action. Civil cases typically involve financial penalties, but if a defendant is convicted in a criminal case, he or she can be sent to jail or placed on probation, among various other consequences. Criminal defense attorneys represent their clients’ interests in court and help them achieve the best possible results in their cases.
What Does a Criminal Defense Attorney Do?
Every case is different, and a criminal defense attorney’s role will change based on the nature of the proceedings. With that being said, many criminal defense attorneys will:
- Consult with their clients
- Review evidence
- Prepare motions and other legal papers
- Negotiate settlements
- Represent their clients at trial (if a case doesn’t settle)
Need a Criminal Defense Attorney in Clearwater, FL?
If you’ve been charged with a crime in Clearwater, Florida, or a surrounding area, you can rest easy turning to Charles Holloway for representation. He has been serving this community as a criminal defense attorney for more than three decades, and he has experience handling a wide array of criminal charges, including DUIs, drug offenses, probation violations, and many others. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.