When you’re facing a criminal trial, you may already know there are two sides in the courtroom: the prosecution and the defense. If you’ve been accused of a crime, you know you’re the defense, but what is the role of the prosecution?
Because your future may be on the line, it’s vital you know what to expect from the prosecution and what role they play in the trial. Reach out to the lawyers at Hoeller McLaughlin PLLC to learn more about prosecution and how to defend your case.
What a Prosecutor Does
Prosecutors are lawyers who represent the interests of the community, whether that’s on a state or federal level. Prosecutors are expected to charge and try the defense for the criminal offenses they allegedly committed. They must prove the defendant is guilty beyond reasonable doubt to convict them.
Because of this, the prosecution is opposed to you as the defendant. When you’re on trial, you and your lawyer will typically seek ways to gather evidence counter to the prosecutor’s and get your charges reduced or dismissed.
Investigation into the Criminal Offense
Prosecutors are involved in the investigation of a crime. This is especially true if the crime is complex. They need to do this investigative research to determine who to question, gather evidence for a search warrant, and try you in the courtroom when you’re accused of committing a crime.
The investigation and presentation of evidence during the trial is a key part of the prosecutor’s work. It will also be vital to act now and speak with a defense lawyer to protect your future.
The Other Tasks a Prosecutor Does
US and district attorneys will decide who will represent the community during the preliminary hearing against the defendant. They will then present the indictments through the grand jury process.
Prosecutors have the ability to contest or agree with motions to remove evidence from the court case. They also decide which witnesses are going to testify during the case while making opening and closing statements to the judge and jury. They have the right to object to questioning and evidence presented in your case by the criminal defense lawyer.
Additionally, prosecutors can decide whether they want to retry the case if there was a mistrial, proceed with any grand jury hearings, and appear in front of appellate courts.
Plea Bargains and Sentencing Recommendations
There are times when a prosecutor may recommend a plea bargain. This is usually when the defendant has information that might help the case. The prosecutor may also have to accept or reject a plea bargain offered by the defense attorney depending on the situation.
Prosecutors also have the option to recommend or authorize alternatives to the original sentencing, such as counseling, community service, or other punishments. If the alternative punishment is completed, the original charges are usually dropped and are fulfilled.
Have an Attorney on Your Side
When you’re facing a legal case and your future is on the line, knowing what to expect from the prosecution can help you understand how your case will be handled, but what about the defense? Choosing the right lawyer for your defense can change the outcome of your case.
If you’re facing penalties and impacts on your future that can change your life, reach out to Hoeller McLaughlin PLLC. We’re ready to help you recover from accusations of criminal offenses. Talk to an attorney by calling 817-334-7900 or by completing the online contact form below.