Criminal defense is about more than just building a defense to protect you. It's about guiding you through the criminal trial process and helping you cope with all that comes with the case. It's about preparing you for a possible trial and advising you when a plea deal is or is not a good idea.
Your attorney has experience with cases like yours, and they're also experienced in dealing with the judges, officers, medical examiners, attorneys and others who may work on the case.
Is there actual value in working with a seasoned criminal defense attorney?
Yes, because even if you think you have the right defense prepared, there is so much more to your case than just defending yourself. You need to know how to dress, speak and present yourself. You need to be able to tell at least one person, your attorney, all there is to know about your case so that you can take that weight off your shoulders.
No matter what you did or did not do, it's important that you have a fair trial and don't face unfair treatment. Your attorney makes sure of that, going as far as to ask for replacement jurors if they are not suited to the job at hand.
From the moment you're arrested until you sign a plea or go to trial, your attorney will be there for you. They'll continue to support you afterward, too, so you know that there is always someone on your team. Our site has more on the importance of a good criminal defense attorney and attorney-client relationship.