Some people who are charged with a crime are hesitant to hire a criminal defense attorney. They’re worried about the expense of doing so, and will consider turning to a public defender instead. There are even a few defendants who will actually consider representing themselves. Please don’t do this, whether you’re looking at a charge involving a domestic dispute, or you’ve been accused of embezzlement or any other type of crime.

You will always be better off turning to a team of skilled defense attorneys, just like you’ll find at the law firm of Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh. We have a deep understanding of criminal defense, and we’re also intimately familiar with Florida’s judicial system. While no reputable firm will ever make any promises, we guarantee we’ll do everything we possibly can to either have your penalties reduced, or have your charges dismissed entirely.

These are just some of the many reasons why you should work with criminal defense attorneys.

They Understand the Judicial System

This is probably the most important benefit a criminal defense attorney can provide. Not only do they know how the Florida judicial system operates inside and out, they can put that knowledge to work for you. Experienced defense attorneys know all of the procedures to follow, and how to follow them to the letter. They can also tell you exactly what to expect at every phase of your case.

They’ve Built Relationships with Prosecutors

If you’re facing a drug charge – especially one that could result in a substantial prison term – you’re definitely going to want to work with an attorney who is familiar with all local prosecutors. But the same holds true no matter what kind of crime you’ve been accused of committing.

Hiring an attorney who has a good working relationship with prosecutors could eventually make it much easier on you. Your legal representative could be able to negotiate a better deal on your behalf, or could possibly even help with a dismissal. At Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh, we know prosecutors throughout the state, and we can work to help reduce whatever punishment you may face.

They Have Experience with Similar Cases

No two cases are exactly alike, of course, but most of them have similarities. If you hire an attorney who’s handled cases for several years, there’s a very good chance they’ve been successful in a case that is close in nature to yours.

Why is this important? They know how to spot technical mistakes that law enforcement agencies have made in the past. And they may have made in your case. They also know how to explore all of the loopholes in the law. And they can use them to your advantage.

They Can Help Protect Your Future

Being convicted of just about any kind of crime can have a devastating impact – not only in the short term, but in the long term as well. You might find it almost impossible to get a job with a felony record, and you might even have a hard time renting an apartment. Skilled attorneys could potentially reduce your crime to a misdemeanor, or have it completely dismissed. This will help you avoid having your crime haunt you for years to come.

They Can Save You Money

It might seem a little odd to think that spending money on a criminal defense attorney could actually wind up saving you money, but that’s exactly the case. By working to minimize your potential penalties, they could also help you save having to pay exorbitant fines. They might even be able to help save your job. After all, how could you expect to keep that job if you have to spend even a few months in jail, much less a few years. What if your conviction led to the loss of a professional license? Or to the loss of a lucrative career as well?

You will very likely find that the money you spend on an effective attorney will be well worth it.

They’ll Advise You Throughout the Process

For most people, being charged with a crime is an incredibly scary experience, and also incredibly confusing. You might not have the slightest idea of what to expect. This is where an attorney who’s been around the block a few times can be a huge help. A Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh attorney will make sure you’re completely informed at every step, and that you’ll never have to deal with any surprises. You can’t say that about all firms.

We’ve heard examples of attorneys assuring their clients that everything will be fine, and they have nothing to worry about. Next thing they know, they’re being sentenced to 10 years in a Florida prison. You’ll never experience that horrible scenario when you turn to us. Again, we’ll never promise anything. But we’ll make it a point to always be truthful, and to be by your side no matter what happens. You’ll always be able to count on us to deliver sound advice at every turn.

Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Today

You already know the stakes are extremely high if you’re facing a criminal charge. If you try to skimp on legal representation, it could very well be one of the worst decisions you’ll make for the rest of your life. The attorneys with Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh fervently hope you talk to us before making your ultimate choice. We come highly recommended, because we have years of experience earning the trust of our clients.

Let us tell you more about what we may be able to do for you. If you would like to schedule a free, no-obligation review of your case, please get in touch as soon as you can. Give us a call or contact us online.