Being charged with a crime can have many consequences that could ruin your future. When you are charged with a crime, you are considered innocent under the law unless and until proven guilty in court. We hear this all the time in movies and on television, but many people don’t truly understand what his means. Innocent until proven guilty is a concession that the criminal justice system comprises people, and people make mistakes. From the police investigating crime, to the court system trying people charged with crimes, to the people working in the prison system, every step involves people who can make mistakes. People are arrested for crimes that they didn’t commit every day. In many cases, the police discover their mistake and let those people go free, but it is certainly not unusual to file charges and proceed to trial with an innocent person. The goal of the court system is to give those innocent people a chance to demonstrate their innocence; to facilitate that. Furthermore, the burden of proof in a criminal trial is on the prosecution. This means that the defense does not have to prove innocence to win, but the prosecution does have to prove guilt to win. The effect of this is that in a case where it is not absolutely clear whether the defendant is innocent or guilty, the correct verdict is not guilty.
Many people, however, make the mistake of assuming that someone who has been charged with a crime is guilty of that crime. Some people may even assume that because someone is being investigated for a crime that means he or she is guilty. An experienced Denver criminal defense attorney should never make this mistake. A big part of the defense attorney’s job is to protect the rights of clients who are either being investigated for crimes, or have been arrested and have entered the criminal justice system. Once charges are filed, the lawyer may try to demonstrate that the police don’t have enough evidence to merit prosecution and have the charges dismissed. In any event, an experienced Colorado criminal defense lawyer can help with all aspects of a case.
If you have been charged with any crime, or if you think that you will be charged, speak with a dedicated Denver criminal defense attorney immediately, before you speak with police. John Fuller is an experienced lawyer who has the legal skills to help you with all phases of defense against criminal charges. John will work to get your charges dismissed or win an acquittal, and in the event of a conviction, he will fight to secure the least restrictive possible penalty. For more information and a FREE CASE EVALUATION contact John as soon as possible at (303)597-4500.