Welcome to Scott Berry Law What is a Criminal Defense Attorney?
Every day, West Palm Beach area people are arrested and charged with a committing a crime. Those crimes range from misdemeanors to major felonies. Regardless of the severity of the charges, it’s imperative anyone charged with a crime take steps to defend themselves. That’s where a West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney enters the picture.
Why Mounting a Defense is Critical for Every Defendant
Any conviction can impact a person’s life. Even a misdemeanor conviction frequently results in people being unable to move their careers forward or even lease an apartment. Everyone is entitled to a defense, and working closely with an attorney is the best way to mount a successful defense strategy.
While there is no law in place that precludes defending yourself, few people outside the legal profession understand even the basics of the legal system, and even fewer appreciate the nuances involved. A criminal defense attorney will have a solid grasp of the law and how it’s applied to various situations, giving an individual charged with a crime a much better chance to avoid a guilty verdict when they’re represented by a legal professional.
Scott Berry is a board-certified criminal trial attorney and stresses the importance of working closely with an attorney whenever an individual is charged with a crime or believes they may be charged with one.
Don’t Be Intimidated By Law Enforcement Personnel
Law enforcement officials will generally try to conduct interviews with anyone suspected of a crime without having an attorney present. While that strategy has advantages for those officers, it isn’t helpful for the suspect. If you’re ever in a situation where law enforcement officers start asking questions suggesting you may be suspected of a crime, it’s wise to immediately ask for legal representation.
Palm Beach County Criminal Defense Attorneys always encourage anyone suspected of a crime, even if they haven’t been arrested, to decline to answer questions without an attorney present to protect their rights. Even seemingly innocuous questions can, and often do, lead to responses that can harm a defense.
As a local defense attorney, Scott Berry represents clients because he believes every person is entitled to the best defense possible regardless of their guilt or innocence. That defense should always start immediately, especially if an individual is being questioned by law enforcement personnel. If you’ve got any questions about whether or not a defense attorney in West Palm Beach is necessary, contact Scott for advice before answering any questions.
What Types of Charges Do Criminal Defense Attorneys Defend Against?
Criminal defense attorneys in Palm Beach County provide representation for a wide variety of charges. Typical defendants have been charged with:
- Drug crimes
- Violent crimes
- Domestic violence
- Robbery charges
- Sex Crimes
- Misdemeanor or felony theft
Of course, there are other potential charges requiring legal representation as well, suggesting it’s always a good idea to consult an attorney to define and implement a defense strategy regardless of the type of criminal charges.
Get Legal Representation as Soon as Possible
Because it’s important to mount a defense as soon as possible, anyone charged with a crime should obtain legal representation as soon as possible. West Palm Beach attorneys encourage clients to contact them for advice at the first sign they are under investigation. Getting advice early generally eliminates the possibility of clients saying or doing anything that could be detrimental to their defense.
Mounting a successful defense generally takes quite a bit of time. Attorneys retained early in the process have a better opportunity to research the events surrounding a criminal charge and put together a solid defense.
Even when a client intends to plead guilty to a crime, a West Palm Beach defense attorney will have an opportunity to intervene and, possibly, mitigate the effects of a guilty plea. Plea bargaining is an art, and defense attorneys are well-versed at working within the legal system to obtain reduced sentences for their clients.
A Proper Defense at a Trial is Vital
While laying the groundwork for a defense is crucial, a West Palm Beach defense attorney will also need to be able to handle everything the prosecution comes up with during a trial. The defense strategy developed pre-trial generally provides everything needed, but things can happen to throw the original strategies into question.
Scott Berry will always take steps to identify potential prosecution moves well before a trial starts, but evidence or testimony at a trial may require a line of different inquiry. Scott is always prepared for those possibilities and will do whatever is necessary to provide every client with the best representation possible.
Why Choose Scott Berry for Your Defense?
With over 16 years of experience, Scott Berry has seen how area prosecutors structure their charges and handle court appearances. His experience means every defendant he represents will get the best defense available in West Palm Beach.
Scott’s qualifications include being a board-certified attorney. According to the Florida Bar, fewer than seven percent of attorneys in Florida have earned that distinction. Less than one percent are board certified in the area of criminal trial law. Scott Berry is well recognized as an expert in criminal law and spends the majority of his time using those skills to defend clients.
Scott’s promise is that he will always make sure no one takes advantage of his clients. No one should ever be found guilty and sentenced without every defense strategy being exhausted first, and Scott will do everything possible to ensure that no one he’s defending will be treated unfairly.
Your Defense Starts Now
Scott Berry Law encourages anyone currently facing charges or suspects they’ll soon be charged to take that first step and seek legal representation now. Get in touch with Scott today to ensure your rights are protected both now and throughout the legal process.
Waiting is not the best defense, and Scott Berry always suggests clients take the time now to ensure they have the best legal defenses available. If you’ve got any questions, contact a West Palm Beach defense attorney for advice today. Scott will aggressively provide the defense you need both now and in the future.