Having never had a need for a criminal attorney for any matter whatsoever, I admit to thinking that criminal defense attorneys are only for those who are trying to beat a deserved rap; however, over the past year, I have rethought my position on that issue to a great extent. I have watched many shows of "Dateline" and "48 Hours"in the last year and have seen several episodes where totally innocent people were wrongly convicted of a crime they never committed. Most of these cases had one thing in common, the belief that this could never happen to me. I could never be convicted for a crime I did not commit. Unfortunately for them, they were wrong and were convicted wrongly and lost years from their lives, years they would never get back.
A California criminal lawyer can provide protection from just that type of situation as well as help in other instances as well. Sometimes, being innocent is just not enough; a good Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer is needed to assist in establishing that innocence. If there is one lesson I have learned from watching some of these cases, it is not to assume anything. Law enforcement agents can make mistakes just like anyone else, and there are even a few who will do anything to advance their careers even at the cost of another person's life. The obvious answer to this type of situation is to retain a good defense attorney.