While it may have been very entertaining, the early 1990’s movie “My Cousin Vinny” doesn’t happen in real life. In that movie, a sense of humor, a colorful tuxedo and quick thinking won the day. In real life, attorneys don’t base their clients’ defense strategies on charisma. Real lawyers win cases thanks to hard work, experience and knowledge of the law.
If you’re facing serious criminal charges in New Jersey, a skilled, qualified criminal defense lawyer to represent your interests is the most important investment you can make. Whether they’re guilty or innocent, every person has the right to the best defense available under the law, and when you’re facing serious jail-time, it’s not the time to cut corners or make a hasty decision.
If you think the lawyer you choose doesn’t matter, consider the plight of Louisiana native Glenn Ford who was wrongly convicted of murdering a jewelry store worker. He spent 30 years on death row before finally being released and exonerated. To make matters worse, Ford was exposed to toxic substances while in prison and received a diagnosis of terminal lung cancer from his doctor right after his release. At his trial, Mr. Ford was represented by two lawyers who had never before tried a murder case, according to a heartfelt apology from the prosecutor that put him in prison all those years ago.
According to recent data, 4.1 percent (conservatively) of defendants sentenced to death in the United States since the 1970s have been wrongfully convicted. Additionally 36 percent of those who were sentenced to death between 1973 and 2004 were taken off death row because of the clear doubts regarding the legitimacy of their convictions. How many years did these 2,675 people have to spend their lives in jail awaiting execution for a crime they didn’t commit? Many of these cases could have gone the other way, had the defendants been afforded the benefit of quality and experienced lawyers .
Whether you’re facing a murder charge, felony assault or any other serious criminal infraction, you can’t afford to leave anything to chance. In NJ, ineffective assistance of counsel is a commonly cited cause for appeal and other post-sentencing relief. Don’t let that be you!
The skilled criminal defense lawyers at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC have the experience and qualifications to effectively represent you in your criminal case. Don’t get railroaded by ineffective representation. Let us help you mount the best defense possible so you can put this nightmare behind you. Contact us today.