Though everyone loves criminal and procedural drama on television, no one actually wants to go through the criminal justice system. Criminal law seems daunting and the various stages of a criminal trial, from the initial interview to the pre-trial hearings to the appeals, all seem very confusing and complex to a lay person already overwhelmed by the criminal charges they are facing. Maryland residents may not be aware that they are entitled to have a legal representative with them at every stage of the justice system.
As mentioned in last week's blog, if a grand jury issues an indictment against someone, the justice system often operates faster, as the prosecutor has already demonstrated that they have enough evidence to proceed against the accused. Unfortunately, many accused people think this means they shouldn't defend themselves against the charges they face-they end up agreeing to unfavorable deals or signing away their rights without knowing that they have the right to defend themselves.
However, their constitutional rights remain throughout the course of a trial and they have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. Having someone represent and guide one through this stressful time can be very beneficial and lawyers at our firm can provide this counseling at this crucial time. Our founding partner has conducted a number of criminal trials as a prosecutor and is aware of the tactics they may use to pressurize Maryland residents. Our founding partner has more than 28 years of criminal law experience and he uses it to aggressively defend his clients' rights.
Specifically when it comes to grand jury proceedings, speaking to an attorney early and obtaining immunity can go a long way for the rest of the course of the trial. To learn more about criminal defense at every stage of the justice system, visit our page.