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5 Common Misconceptions About Criminal Justice Attorneys

5 Common Misconceptions About Criminal Justice Attorneys

Many people have misconceptions about what a criminal justice attorney does. They believe that the lawyer is there to defend the person who has been accused of committing a crime, and this couldn't be further from the truth. The goal of a criminal justice attorney is to help those who are accused of crimes understand their rights and legal options so they can make an informed decision as to whether or not they want representation by counsel. In this article we will discuss 5 common misconceptions about Criminal Justice Attorneys and why you should never hire one without first understanding their role in your case.

Criminal Defense Attorney

A criminal defense attorney is a defense attorney that fights on your behalf in court. Anyone looking for legal help should seek out a criminal defense attorney to assist them. However, many misconceptions about this kind of lawyer exist due to the media, films, and TV shows. These myths might cause you to avoid hiring one.

Here are 5 Common Misconceptions and the Reality behind them:

Misconception #1 – Criminal Justice Attorneys are just as competent.

People who cannot afford legal representation are assigned a public defender by the government. We really aren't suggesting that public defenders are ineffective, but they should only be used as a last resort. Because they are managing so many cases at once, they are frequently underpaid, overworked, and may not care as much about the result of your case. Although public defenders have excellent intentions, they are not always the greatest alternative for legal counsel due to the way the system operates. They are not the same as a criminal defense attorney, and they have extremely little time to devote to your case. If you can afford it, get a criminal defense attorney.

Misconception #2 – Criminal Justice Attorneys are all the same.

You might think they're all the same, but in truth, they're no different from any other industry. Some are better than others, and a lawyer's ability to defend you is heavily influenced by their prior experience. Lawyers who have handled (and won) more cases have a superior understanding of the law. They understand how the legal system works and how to secure the best outcomes for you. You can inquire about a lawyer's track record. This is a great approach to see which lawyer is most suited to defend you in court.

Misconception #3 – You need a large sum of money to hire a good one.

    People believe that you have to be wealthy in order to employ a competent attorney. This is rarely the case, and the cost of employing a lawyer will not always tell you whether or not he or she is effective. As we previously said, it's about the experience, not the amount they charge, that tells if a lawyer is capable at their job.

Misconception #4 – Criminal defense attorneys are regarded as untrustworthy

    The reputation of a criminal defense lawyer has taken a hit in Hollywood. They are not shady, and they want to assist their clients as much as possible. They also understand that they are not above the law, and most criminal defense attorneys would never resort to unethical tactics to win a case. Attorneys have an obligation to obey the law and flout.

Misconception # 5 – Criminal justice attorneys are bound by the same rules that other attorneys are

    Criminal defense attorneys face a lot of scrutiny and public opinion, but they still have to follow the law. The differences between criminal defense attorneys and typical lawyers center around how much control their clients have over them in court. A criminal defense attorney works on behalf of the client. They must follow their directions and guidance while in court, whereas a lawyer who is defending someone on civil charges has more control over what they say or do in front of the judge because they are not bound by any previous instructions from their clients.

So, what exactly will a Criminal Justice Attorney do for me?

Consider your criminal defense attorney as the person you engage to ensure that the government follows the regulations. At the end of the day, the prosecutor's goal is to show that you broke the law. They may try to do this by breaching the law, such as by conducting illegal searches or detaining you without reasonable cause. Similarly, without someone to enforce fairness, a prosecution might easily employ unequal methods in court, such as asking witnesses questions meant to sway the jury's decision or even distort the evidence.


Being a competent criminal defense attorney is about building a case based on facts, logic, and reason, not winning debates. At the end of the day, navigating the criminal justice system entails more than simply developing relationships with our clients; it also necessitates establishing connections with all of the stakeholders involved in the process — law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and court clerks. Being an honest broker rather than a mythmaker is the best method to gain your clients' confidence and trust.

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With Lynn Gorelick you don't have to face criminal charges alone. You will receive personal attention to your case. Ms. Gorelick will be the one to appear in court with you from beginning to end. Ms. Gorelick, herself, will be doing your DMV hearings. You will not be handed off to another attorney or associate. You deserve this kind of attention to your needs at this stressful time. Ms. Gorelick has represented people charged with DUI for over 38 years.  She has NEVER been a prosecutor who pursues convictions. She has only DEFENDED people accused of crimes. Contact us today for your consultation!


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