BRYAN, Texas. Recently, President Trump’s budget cuts targeted programs such as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. While the calls to preserve PBS and Sesame Street were heard loud and clear, there were other targeted agencies that may not be as popular, but are equally important. Among organizations facing budget cuts (and in this case, outright defunding), was the Legal Services Corporation, an organization that provides free legal aid to those who cannot afford it. The organization supplements public defenders, who are already strained in most districts. According to U.S.A. Today, when the poor cannot afford a lawyer to represent them, they may suffer time in jail, lose access to important social support services (including public housing), and lose other privileges, like the right to drive. Without proper representation, the poor face a downward spiral of poverty that begins with the inability to seek proper legal defense. Wealthier individuals who can afford a criminal defense lawyer are wise to hire one. With proper legal help, individuals can better protect their rights, see wrongful cases dropped, and protect their records. The Wagnon Law Group, P.L.L.C. in Bryan Texas are criminal defense lawyers who understand the value of qualified representation.
Why is having a lawyer so important? Criminal court cases, even for relatively minor infractions can become complicated and can have a serious impact on a person’s life. Even misdemeanor charges can limit a person’s ability to find work, access federal aid for education or housing, and can result in other collateral consequences. Judges generally place immense trust in the police, but, as a recent report in the Atlantic indicates, the police may not always behave ethically and may sometimes use excessive force. For instance, a routine traffic stop for speeding ended up with a Texas driver being paralyzed after police shot him in the back. Yet, the officer’s account of the day’s events contradicted the victim’s account. In a case where these two accounts may differ, having a qualified criminal defense attorney in Bryan, Texas like the Wagnon Law Group, P.L.L.C. can make all the difference. After all, when a jury hears a case, they may make their decisions based on the narratives both prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers present. A qualified attorney can present your evidence in a sound and compelling way.
Additionally, with more reports of police using excessive force and increased reports of civil rights violations, your attorney can review the circumstances of your arrest. Officers must have probable cause to pull you over in the first place. If officers fail to show probable cause and fail to establish sound evidence, your case could be dropped and you may even be able to pursue a lawsuit to collect damages if you have been injured.
There are many options available if you are facing criminal charges. You are innocent until proven guilty. Facing charges can be frightening, but a sound criminal defense lawyer may be able to help you.