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Hamilton County Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been arrested for allegedly committing a crime, you need a lawyer on your side. A criminal defense attorney can help you with your case, formulating a strong defense to reduce or even eliminate your charges.

Law enforcement agencies and prosecutors have extensive resources at their disposal. As a citizen, you also have legal protections, but you need to know how to use them. That’s where a criminal defense attorney comes in. The sooner you seek legal help, the better your chances of a favorable outcome. See why you need a Hamilton County criminal defense attorney from Meldon Law on your side.

Types of Criminal Defense

A criminal defense attorney can defend you from a variety of criminal charges, such as:

  • Theft
  • Assault
  • Drug crimes
  • DUI
  • Sex crimes
  • Weapons crimes
  • Fraud

A crime can be a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the severity. Felonies are the most serious crimes and usually result in prison time as well as fines.

What Does a Criminal Defense Attorney Do?

If you have been arrested for a crime, the skill and experience of your lawyer will determine your outcome. A good criminal defense attorney understands the law and how it can help you. Your lawyer should know how to use your constitutional rights. For example, the Fourth Amendment prohibits the police from using unreasonable searches and seizures to gather evidence.

There are many other defenses that can be used in your favor. For example, you can prove that you have an alibi. An alibi shows that you could not have committed the crime because you were somewhere else at the time. Proving this may require receipts from stores or restaurants or testimony from others you were with at the time.

Self defense is another common defense. This defense is often used in assault and murder crimes, in which the person claims they are actually the victim because the other person struck them first. Defense of others is similar in that the person was defending someone else, such as a spouse or child.

Lack of intent is another defense that is often used. That’s because prosecutors often have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person intended to commit a crime. So if there was a mistake or misunderstanding, or if a person was intoxicated at the time of the crime, then it’s possible that the person may not be convicted of the criminal charge.

Contact a Hamilton County Criminal Defense Attorney Today

If you have been arrested for a crime, you need to act quickly. Without proper defense, you could end up in prison and face a variety of penalties. You could also have felonies on your background, which can affect employment and more.

The Hamilton County criminal defense attorneys at Meldon Law can provide you with high quality representation. Let us build a strategy for your case. Contact us 24/7 for a consultation. Fill out the online form or call (800) 373-8000.

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