Should I Still Hire an Attorney if I Think I’m Guilty?
June 20, 2023
When someone finds themselves charged with a crime of which they believe they are guilty, it’s common for the accused individual to wonder if they should still hire legal representation. While this line of thought may make some sense, it's important to understand that hiring an attorney to represent you is not about admitting guilt or arguing innocence — it’s about protecting your rights and ensuring you're treated fairly.
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Possible Consequences of a Guilty Plea
Even if you believe you are guilty, there are some important things to understand when it comes to pleading guilty. While it is true that (in some cases) a guilty plea can potentially reduce the penalties you face, there are also drawbacks involved with such a plea.
Even with a potentially reduced sentence, making a deal to plead guilty may still result in jail time, which can seriously affect your life in a variety of ways, from personal relationships to employment — and more.
In the event of a guilty plea, part of the agreement you make may involve paying heavy fines, potentially crippling you financially for years.
Suspension or Loss of Your Driver’s License
In situations like DUI charges, you may lose your driver’s license, either to a lengthy suspension or a permanent revocation.
Places of work often have personal conduct policies in place that would allow them to terminate your employment if you are convicted of — or plead guilty to — certain charges.
Loss of Professional Licensing
Likewise, certain fields of work that require specific licensing may revoke such a license, prohibiting an individual convicted of a crime from being able to continue working in the field.
Loss of Right to Possess a Firearm
Pleading guilty to a felony charge will result in the loss of your right to purchase, possess, or carry firearms. Violating laws against convicted felons possessing firearms can subsequently result in further serious charges.
If you are a foreign national, pleading guilty to criminal charges can result in significant immigration issues, with deportation being a possibility.
Loss of Visitation or Custody Rights
If you currently have visitation or custody rights to children following a divorce, pleading guilty to a crime can open the door for you to lose these rights.
Damage to Personal & Familial Relationships
Aside from the legal and professional ramifications described above, there may also be significant personal fallout from a criminal conviction, including negative consequences in your relationships with family and other loved ones.
Reasons to Hire an Attorney — Even if You Think You’re Guilty
Having skilled legal representation is always a wise choice, even if you believe you are guilty. The justice system can be a confusing place. Having professionals on your side can be a valuable asset as you pursue a favorable result. There are several ways in which an attorney will be able to assist you.
Advice & Legal Options
In most legal matters, there will be different options presented to you and potential strategies to consider. An experienced attorney can explain the available options and help you understand the pros and cons involved.
Negotiating a Plea Deal
If negotiating a plea deal ends up being the best option in your case, having an attorney guiding you is absolutely vital. You should never negotiate with prosecutors on your own without having legal representation to protect your rights.
Alternatives to Jail
With some types of charges, there may be options that allow you to avoid jail time, including community service or diversion programs. An attorney can explore these alternatives and present them to you.
Making Sure the Punishment Fits the Crime
The justice system, like any other institution, is imperfect. There are some cases in which a sentence is handed down that is far too harsh for the offense that was committed. With an attorney in your corner, you have a better chance of avoiding this type of unfortunate scenario.
Communicating With Your Defense Attorney
Now that you know why hiring an attorney is so important, you also need to know how to communicate with your legal representation.
Always Answer Questions Truthfully
If you are not honest with your attorney, you not only put them in a bad spot but also place yourself in a highly disadvantageous position. Whether you believe you are innocent or guilty, it is important to be fully honest with your lawyer at all times. Only in a situation in which your attorney is fully informed can you receive the best legal counsel.
Navigating the Legal System
Legal matters are complex and multi-faceted. Attempting to find your way through such a difficult landscape is never your best option. With a knowledgeable legal team in your corner, you will be better equipped to face your situation.
Get Legal Support from Skilled Advocates
No matter what you may be charged with or if you are guilty of the crime, you can benefit from having our team working on your case. We proudly serve clients facing a wide range of charges throughout Flagler County, Volusia County, Palm Coast, New Smyrna Beach, Port Orange, DeLand, and the greater Daytona Beach, Florida, area. Contact us at DaytonaDefense.com to schedule a consultation.