Missoula Criminal Defense Lawyer

Most people who are accused of crimes are nervous or even scared. Those emotions interfere with their ability to see their case from an objective perspective. They’re pitted against the vast resources of the State of Montana or even the federal government, and they wonder what their lawyer might be doing outside of the courtroom. They might not realize that much of the work of a criminal defense lawyer isn’t very exciting. It occurs behind the scenes. Research and preparation of a defense behind the scenes are what make a criminal defense lawyer look at ease in a courtroom. Sure, there are high profile cases now and then, but nearly all criminal defense lawyers represent average people who have been arrested, charged with one or more crimes and require professional help fighting the allegations against them.

Criminal Defense Lawyer Qualities

Knowing how the prosecution builds cases, insight into how prosecutors think, anticipating the prosecution’s arguments and criminal trial experience representing clients accused of both misdemeanor and serious felony cases all contribute to a lawyer’s ability to build a strong defense. Those types of cases might involve theft, driving under the influence, drug offenses, assault, or white collar crimes.

Cross Examination

In any criminal case, the prosecution has the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Each and every element of the case must be proved, and the evidence that a prosecutor presents must be conclusively consistent with the crime that a client is charged with. On the other side of the case, the person charged with a crime need not prove anything. Many cases have been won when the defense doesn’t present any evidence at all. Effective cross examination of witnesses can raise weaknesses and create holes in the prosecution’s case. Those weaknesses and holes raise reasonable doubt and not guilty verdicts. Effective cross examination is the product of knowing every detail of a case from thorough preparation.

UM Students

Missoula is the home of more than 13,000 UM students, and looking ahead, all of them have bright futures. A student’s future could turn bleak upon a criminal conviction. The consequences of such a conviction can be wide ranging and protracted. A single conviction can follow a person for the rest of his or her life. It can affect professional, employment, educational and housing opportunities. On the basis of a criminal conviction, a UM student could be suspended or expelled. That expulsion is likely to become a hurdle to admission at another university. Our office understands the struggles that confront clients when they’re charged with a crime. Regardless of whether you’re charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, you can be assured of thorough preparation of your defense. You’ll be in court with an experienced and well-prepared Missoula defense lawyer who will be positioned to articulate every aspect of your defense. In the event of a plea or finding of guilty, take notice that alternative sentencing might be available. After successfully completing all terms and condition of an agreement that is approved by the prosecution and the court, no conviction of record will result. In many cases, expungement in the future is available too.

Contact a Missoula Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

After an arrest, no matter how trivial or serious the charges against you might seem, you’ll be needing a dedicated and skilled Missoula criminal defense lawyer who is committed to protecting your rights. Exercise those rights upon an arrest. The law doesn’t require you to help the police and prosecution in their case against you by giving a statement or confession. Politely invoke your right to remain silent along with your right to have an attorney present during any questioning. After that, call our office right away. When you visit us, you’ll be listened to carefully. Targeted questions will be asked. Then, you’ll be advised of your legal rights and options. Remember that you don’t have to prove anything. The prosecution has the burden of proving you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Moriarity & Badaruddin PLLC
736 South 3rd Street West
Missoula, MT 59802-4222
Toll-Free: (877) 728-6868
Tel: (406) 728-6868
Fax: (406) 728-7722