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A criminal lawyer, also called “criminal defense lawyer” or “public defender“, defend entities, individuals and organizations that have been charged with a crime. He/she handles a varied range of criminal affairs, extending from domestic violence crimes, drug crimes, sex crimes to driving under the influence (DUI), embezzlement, fraud and theft, amongst others.
A criminal lawyer represent defendants facing criminal charges in every level of judicial proceeding. In addition to a deep expertise and knowledge of the legal framework, he/she must have excellent oral and written advocacy skills in order to argue a client’s affair before a judge and persuade a jury (when required). In addition, investigative and research skills are also relevant in building a client’s case and establishing a strong “shield”. Finally, a criminal lawyer must have influential creative thinking and analytical skills to examine case law, litigate complex cases and refine a legal strategy.
As part of the lawyer’s job functions, a criminal lawyer is able to:
- advocate for the defendant in a lawsuit ;
- argue, draft and file motions (motion to dismiss, motion to distress, etc.) ;
- argue, draft and file appeals ;
- formulate a defense and develop a case strategy ;
- investigate the affair and interview witnesses ;
- negotiate with the prosecution to plea bargain to lesser charges ;
- research case law, crime codes, procedural law, statutes, etc.
Definition of criminal lawyer :
a lawyer who specializes in criminal law ; especially : a lawyer who represents defendants in criminal cases
Criminal law - crime
Criminal law concerns the system of legal rules that define what behaviour or conduct is classified as a crime and how the government may prosecute individuals that commit crimes. It covers some of the most serious issues in Society, such as murder, rape or robbery. It can also implicate international relations and multiple jurisdictional rules, in particular regarding issues such as cross-border crimes, extradition, money-laundering, terrorism, etc.
A crime is any act or omission of an act in violation of a law commanding or forbidding it.