Criminal Law FAQs

Why is a defense attorney necessary?

Can I ask that the trial be held in front of a judge or jury?


Why is a defense attorney necessary?

Because as a practical matter you can't afford to subject yourself to the direct and indirect pain that comes with conviction. When people decide to be their own lawyer in a criminal proceeding, they are always, without exception, making a terrible mistake. This is true whether they mount a defense or plead guilty.

When you plead guilty to charges, your conviction will go on your permanent record. Schools, employers and anyone who asks can see this blot on your record. Your reputation in the community will suffer. On top of this, you will be punished, with jail time or substantial fines.

Hire Casale & Bonner, P.C. We know the community, and we know the courts. Our goal is always to get the charges against you reduced so they don't become part of your criminal record.

Or don't hire us — but hire somebody. Too much is at stake for you and those who love you to sit back passively and accept punishment.

Can I ask that the trial be held in front of a judge or jury?

A jury trial is a constitutional right guaranteed to all citizens. In practice, however, most criminal cases are resolved before the trial can take place. The reason is that our system relies on plea bargaining to keep the courts from jamming up. When you hear about a lawyer getting charges reduced from something serious, like felony assault, to something less serious, like misdemeanor assault, that's a plea bargain. The plea bargain system is not perfect but is usually the best (and least expensive) course of action.


Casale & Bonner, P.C., is happy to answer any questions you have about criminal law. Call us at 570-326-7044.