There is hardly any obligation of a criminal defense attorney that is more important than properly investigating your Georgia criminal case. If you face a criminal charge, beginning a thorough investigation as soon as possible is critical. In some jurisdictions in Georgia, it can be years before criminal cases get to trial. If your criminal defense attorney waits until prior to trial interview witnesses and investigate your case, evidence will like be stale, if it is even available.
A COMPLETE INVESTIGATION SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN EVEN YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU SHOULD ENTER A GUILTY PLEA TO CHARGES.
Most good criminal defense attorneys understand that engaging in drastic, proactive mitigation tasks should be a basic part of ever felony case involving injury to another party. Likewise, investigating the actual facts of the case should be a part of every case, even if the defendant expresses a willingness to plead guilty.
A good guide for the duty and obligation of criminal defense lawyers to investigate pending cases is found in the ABA Criminal Justice Standards.
ABA Criminal Justice Standards 4-4.1(a) provides:
Defense counsel should conduct a prompt investigation of the circumstances of the case and explore all avenues leading to facts relevant to the merits of the case and the penalty in the event of conviction. The investigation should include efforts to secure information in the possession of the prosecution and law enforcement authorities. The duty to investigate exists accused's admissions or statements to defense counsel of facts constituting guilt or the accused's stated desire to plead guilty.
One of the critical points in the ABA's standard is that the lawyer is to investigate the case even if the client has made admissions regarding the charges or expressed a willingness to plead guilty.
OUR CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF INVESTIGATION YOUR GEORGIA CRIMINAL CASE
Investigating your Georgia criminal case is a step that cannot be recreated later. If you are facing a criminal charge or investigation in Georgia, contact the criminal defense attorneys at The Sessions Law Firm.
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