When a Business Could Need a Criminal Defense Attorney

business attorneyThere are many benefits of owning your own business.  You’re not hindered by company policy or a boss because you set the company policy and are your own boss.  You get to set your own hours, and often how much money you make relies entirely on your ideas and motivation.

However, there are downsides to entrepreneurship, too.  You may have financial concerns, staff issues, and sometimes, you may even have legal issues.

If you’re a big fan of the Law and Order franchise, you may think of the need for a criminal defense attorney when you think of crimes like murder, battery and robbery.  However, that is not always the case.  More and more businesses may also need the services of a criminal defense attorney.

Our world is becoming increasingly digitally based, and as such, the number of computer crimes has increased exponentially.  From computer hacking, to embezzlement, to identity theft, more and more crimes are being committed out of sight, behind a computer screen and a few strokes on the keyboard.

While white collar crimes used to get a hand slap as far as punishment, the environment has changed, and now these types of crimes are punished much more severely.  If you or your business is charged with one of these crimes, you need the skills of a good criminal defense lawyer to fight back.

 

How a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help You

As soon as possible, you’ll want to retain the services of a criminal defense attorney.  Unfortunately, you may be innocent of the charges and just the victim of a paranoid customer, for instance, depending on your business.  A good attorney can help clear your name.  In addition, he or she can help the jury understand why it was not possible for you to be the perpetrator of this crime.

If you are guilty, the lawyer can help you get a lesser sentence.

 

What To Look For In a Defense Attorney

Choosing the right defense attorney is important.  You’ll want to choose one carefully, considering these points:

1.  Is the lawyer often able to settle outside of court?  Doing this is often most favorable for both parties and can save you a significant amount of money on court and attorney fees.  Not to mention you’ll be able to focus on your business sooner if you’re not worried about a court hearing.

2.  Is the lawyer knowledgeable about technology?  You need a lawyer who is tech savvy and yet can explain complicated tech features to a jury who may not understand or may not be tech savvy.

3.  Has the lawyer won awards?  Of course, you can have a good lawyer who hasn’t won awards, but if he has, that can just help verify his skills.

While there are many benefits to owning your own business, there are also significant drawbacks such as potentially facing criminal charges, often even though you are innocent of the charges.  However, a good criminal defense lawyer can help you protect your good name and keep you out of court.

Has your business ever needed an attorney?

About Mohit Tater

Mohit is the co-founder and editor of Entrepreneurship Life, a place where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners can find wide ranging information, advice, resources, and tools for starting, running, and growing their businesses.

Comments

  1. Rockford Johnson says:

    Great post! I learned a lot about criminal defense attorneys by reading this article. Thank you for explaining that “You need a lawyer who is tech savvy and yet can explain complicated tech features to a jury who may not understand or may not be tech savvy.” I have never worked with a lawyer before but I can imagine how important it would be to hire a lawyer that can help make things make sense.

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