The viewpoint that putting an innocent person in jail is worse than letting a guilty person go free helps shape criminal defense law. It might not be how the jury sees it, however. The number of wrongful convictions that were overturned in 2022 reached an all-time record. Every exoneration is proof that everyone, innocent or not, needs a strong criminal defense lawyer.
Exonerations Are too Rare to Be a Reliable Strategy
A criminal trial and, potentially, an appeal are generally the end of the line. The record number of exonerations set last year was still a meager 238 nationwide. Your best chance of a good result in the criminal justice system is to be found innocent in your initial trial.
As soon as you are arrested or charged, you need to speak to an attorney who understands criminal defense. Misdemeanors, felonies, and juvenile offenses should all be handled by an experienced legal team. You are far more likely to beat the charges by acting quickly than you are by hoping for an exoneration after your conviction.
According to the Innocence Project, most of the wrongful convictions they’ve helped overturn included eyewitness misidentification and the incorrect use of forensic science. While this type of evidence is not a part of all criminal cases, it’s worth considering that criminal courts can make mistakes.
In addition to evidence problems, the Innocence Project cites coerced pleas, misconduct by government officials, and inadequate defense as problems that can lead to a wrongful conviction. Importantly, each of these issues can be mitigated or even avoided by a skilled criminal defense attorney.
The Right to Remain Silent and Why You Should Use it
False confessions are another key factor in many exonerations. If you’ve never been through the criminal justice system, it might be easy to wonder why anyone would confess to a crime they didn’t commit. There are many reasons why false confessions occur, but most of them are the intentional result of police interrogation tactics. Investigators know how to pressure and even lie to people to get them to admit to wrongs they never committed.
A police interrogation is unlike anything people experience in their ordinary lives. False confessions are often secured after many, many hours of interrogation. People don’t understand what it’s like until they go through it. That’s why it’s always a good idea to remain silent when it comes to police questioning. Nothing you say will get the police on your side. They are only looking for ways to convict you. Saying nothing makes that much harder for them to do.
If You’re Facing Criminal Charges, Contact Us Now
Our Fort Worth criminal defense attorneys have the experience and skill you need. Getting through the criminal justice system takes careful guidance, hard work, and planning.
At Lee & Wood, LP, you will get a strong defense carefully tailored to your situation. The goal is to get the best possible result for you, whether through pretrial negotiations or in the courtroom. Call us to schedule a confidential consultation at 817-678-6771 or contact us online to get started as soon as possible.