Your criminal defense lawyer is ultimately your most influential weapon against the maximum penalties for your criminal charges. For this reason, it is vital, for both protecting your rights and preserving your freedoms, to hire a seasoned and qualified attorney to build your defense. However, the fate of your legal proceedings are not entirely reliant on your lawyer; there are things you can do as well to help improve the outcome of your case.
Continue reading to learn what you can do to help your own criminal case, including who to trust to build you a strong and impactful defense to avoid the maximum penalties for your charges.
If you are facing criminal charges in Indiana, your fate is mostly in the hands of the state prosecutor’s office since they have complete discretion over giving you a plea deal, and what goes into the agreement altogether. This is another reason why you must choose a seasoned and qualified lawyer for your defense; they are likely to have longstanding relationships with the local prosecution and magistrate community.
When it comes to prosecution giving you a plea deal, there are various factors that influence their decision. Such factors include criminal history, behavioral conduct with law enforcement, substance abuse, severity of crime and whether or not it involved bodily harm to another person, and more. It may seem like there is nothing you can do to alter their decision-making process, but that is not true.
Here are two things you can do that might help your case:
❶ Create a Sentencing Memorandum
Your criminal defense lawyer can draft a document referred to as a “sentencing memorandum”, which basically illustrates an accurate depiction of your life and who you are as a person. Topics to include in this document include your employment, level of education, goals, contribution to the local community, explanation of your criminal history, reason for committing the alleged crime, conduct since the arrest, role as a partner, spouse, parent, or legal guardian, and similar personal details about your life. This document can show the prosecution that you are not defined by your alleged crime, nor a threat to your community.
❷ Gather Character Reference Letters
Another great way to improve the outcome of your criminal case is to gather a collection of character reference letters from important members of your family, friends, co-workers, employers, and local community. These letters should be written by those you trust to be honest, yet supportive of your reputation. Examples of people to ask for character reference letters include employers, teachers, professors, mentors, friends, children, and even religious leaders. Within these letters, you would need to also include forms of verification, such as employment records, school transcripts, college acceptance letters, certificates and awards, attendance logs, doctors’ letters, and more.
Get Aggressive Criminal Defense in Indiana
Contact David E. Lewis, Attorney at Law, at 317-636-7514 to start building a strong and impactful defense against your criminal charges so that you have a chance at avoiding the maximum penalties for your suspected crimes. Our Indianapolis criminal defense law firm offers free initial consultations, so there is no out-of-pocket obligations to you. Get started protecting your future, today.