Being accused of a crime, whether or not you actually committed that crime, can be one of the most frightening and confusing experiences a person can have.  While people talk about the presumption of innocence in the American criminal justice system, criminal defendants quickly come to realize that the presumption of innocence is little more than a jury instruction.  From the moment an arrest is made, criminal defendants are treated as if they are guilty by most of the actors in the criminal justice system, and, in many ways, they are dehumanized, regardless of the relative severity of the crime they have been alleged to commit.  This can lead criminal defendants to feel a variety of different emotions: hopelessness, despair, and worthlessness. These feelings, in turn, can lead criminal defendants to engage in bad decision-making such as talking to the police without an attorney being present, rejecting plea bargains that would result in more favorable outcomes than are likely at trial, or pleading guilty when the evidence is insufficient to establish that the defendant committed the charge crime.  What can be even more challenging is that many criminal defendants fail to understand the very real impact that criminal convictions can have on other areas of their life.  Future employment opportunities, civil court outcomes, and child custody decisions can all be negatively impacted by convictions for even relatively minor crimes.

Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Michael Leader works with clients throughout the Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe county area in criminal matters in state and federal courts.  No criminal defense attorney can ethically guarantee an outcome, but an experienced attorney like Michael can help you understand the charges against you, discuss whether the evidence against you is sufficient to support those charges, and help you explore your options.  Contact him at 954-523-2020 or visit him online at to schedule a free consultation and determine what Michael can do to help you.