What is a Criminal Lawyer?
When charged or accused with a crime or criminal offence, it is vital to understand the justice system, to some extent at least, and what steps to take next. A good criminal lawyer could mean the difference between prison and dropped charges. Many South Africans faced with criminal charges are unaware of their rights and what a criminal lawyer does and could mean for their sentencing, if at all sentenced. It is necessary to understand what a criminal lawyer is and what they do.
A criminal lawyer South Africa is a representative body tasked to legally defend any person, organisations, or body accused of a criminal offence. Criminal lawyers, also referred to as criminal defence lawyers, deal with varying criminal cases. They are tasked to handle cases from Sex offences, domestic violence, drug crimes, fraud and embezzlement, violent crimes, theft, and driving under the influence. A criminal lawyer, while certain laws may vary, is recognised throughout the word, as a legal body tasked to defend anyone accused of a crime. Criminal lawyers are scattered in various areas of the justice system. Some work for private practices, while others work for non-profit organisations, or the government as public defenders.
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