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What Does a Criminal Lawyer Do?

There are many types of lawyers and each has a speciality.  Corporate lawyers help businesses with legal responsibilities and tax lawyers deal with the complexities of the tax code.  But one type of lawyer that is commonly known is a criminal defense lawyer.  This type of lawyer works to defend someone accused of a serious crime such as murder or theft.  The other crimes that fall under this category are drug charges, different degrees of assault, abuse such as child and domestic, rape, robbery, burglary, and arson.

When someone is formerly accused of a crime, a prosecuting attorney will represent the state or federal government, often referred to as “the people.”  The person accused will be represented by a defense attorney.  No matter how severe the crime, the defense lawyer is always looking for the best possible outcome.  This is, ideally, a ruling of “not guilty.”  In many other situations, evidence exists to suggest some degree of guilt, so a defense lawyer looks to reduce the punishment.  These include fines or prison stays.  Defense lawyers do well if they can reduce the amount of money their client has to pay or shorten the amount of time that has to be spent in prison.   

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