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Criminal law deals with offences a person commits against the State. Criminal law takes into account the consequences to or the punishment that needs to be served to a law offender. It includes acts of misdemeanors, acts of terror and white-collar crimes. A lawyer who specializes in criminal law is a criminal justice lawyer.

What Does a Criminal Justice Lawyer Do?

A criminal justice lawyer is involved in the case from the beginning. He is responsible for filing the case, carrying out investigations, assembling witnesses and recording their statements, liaising with court personals and filing pleas and motions.

A criminal lawyer can either be the prosecutor, that is a legal representative of the person who has accused someone of committing a crime, or he could be a defendant, the legal representative of the accused.

A lawyer of criminal justice, whether prosecuting or defending, can seek the services of criminal investigators to aid them in the given case. Criminal investigators look for clues and evidence to determine whether a crime has taken place or not.

Criminal lawyers can be found on an online freelance marketplace, where they offer freelance or contractual services.

If you wish to hire criminal justice lawyers, make sure they can:

  • Research in depth the facts and laws involved in the criminal case.

  • Gather and present evidence to the jury in a convincing manner.

  • Interpret laws for clients in layman’s language.

  • Represent clients in court in criminal lawsuits.

  • Liaise with peers and other judicial authorities.

  • Negotiate pleas, punishments and settlements.

  • Take care of extradition claims.

Qualification of Criminal Lawyers

It is ideal for your freelancer to have the following skills:

  • A valid law degree and license to practice law.

  • Experience in the given area or court.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Strong analytical and drafting skills.

  • Ability to work well independently and with a team.

Above all, criminal lawyers need to have an unwavering personality as often in their field of work, they may encounter people or organizations with a criminal background. The best criminal lawyers are those that are continuously updated about the changes in the penal code, laws, court procedures, precedents and government regulations.

Benefits of Hiring a Freelance Criminal Justice Lawyer

A criminal lawyer is well connected with other professionals in the legal system and these connections can aid in building a strong case. Besides, freelance lawyers tend to charge by the hour and thus turn out to be a more economical option.

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