Can I Win My Case And Be Found Not Guilty Even Though I Know I Am Guilty?

Even if you or others believe you are guilty, you may be found not guilty in court and could therefore win your case.  We have had many situations where this has occurred.  While you may think you are guilty, or perhaps others are trying to convince you of your guilt, all of this could be entirely different from what the law says or what the judge says.  Being guilty or thinking that you are guilty of a criminal offence can sometimes be very different than being found guilty in court.

In a criminal court proceeding, the Crown attorney has to prove guilty beyond a reasonable doubt using compelling evidence.  If there is not sufficient or strong enough evidence, or if the Crown is unable to demonstrate your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, you may be found not guilty.  This clearly shows the importance of evidence and legal argument in a criminal case.  While the Crown attorney does all they can to prove guilt, your defence lawyer can work to defend your charges and argue against the evidence or the Crown’s arguments.  This can often result in an individual being found not guilty.

This is also why it is not necessarily a wise decision to plead guilty even if you believe yourself to be guilty.  If we believe that you have a defence, or that the Crown attorney does not have sufficient evidence to successfully prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, we will likely advise you to plead not guilty and to fight the charges.  While your case or even your guilt may appear to be straightforward or obvious to you, the law may state otherwise.  This is why it is so important to hire an experienced criminal defence lawyer who can thoroughly assess your case and offer sound legal advice.  As you can see, guilt and determination of guilt is not as simple or obvious as you may think.  Consult the lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth to see how you can get the best defence possible.

Should I Just Plead Guilty and Get This Over With?

While pleading guilty may seem like the best option and the one that will get your criminal case over with the quickest, it is not necessarily the best choice.  If you are facing criminal charges, you should not plead guilty until you have had a thorough review of the case against you and you have received legal advice from a criminal lawyer.  Do not be hasty in offering a guilty plea until you have all of the facts of the case and investigation.

Even if you think you are guilty, or perhaps others are telling you that you are guilty, the disclosure may reveal otherwise.  Also, your criminal defence lawyer may advise you otherwise as well, depending on what the evidence and circumstances of the case reveal.  For example, the evidence collected by the police may not be admissible against you in court.  Until you know all of the details of the case against you, you should not enter a guilty plea.  You don’t want to plead guilty when there may not even be a legal case against you.

The most important thing you should do before you think about pleading guilty, is seek the advice of an experienced criminal defence lawyer.  A good criminal lawyer will work for you which means he or she will have your best interests in mind.  Other lawyers or the police involved in the case have their own jobs to fulfill, while your criminal lawyer’s job is to provide you with a good defence and options.  Your lawyer will review all of the details of your case and will advise you on whether or not you should plead guilty.

Rather than making the decision to plead guilty under the impression that it will end your case sooner and to your benefit, speak with a lawyer.  The specific circumstances of the allegations and the evidence revealed in the disclosure will help your lawyer advise you about the best course of action.