The justice system in the United States of America is built upon the founding principles outlined in the Declaration of Independence. We all know these by heart: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is precisely because of America’s reverence to individual freedom that our justice system hinges upon the presumption of innocence. This principle is an individual right guaranteed to every person in the United States and it asserts that an accused person is, in fact, innocent until proven guilty. There are standards for this too. Guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. This entails corroborating evidence, witnesses, and a factual case. The burden of proof is on the accuser and they have the task of proving to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that the accusations are substantial and based on truth.
In today’s emotionally charged climate, this well-established principle-particularly in what is often known as the court of public opinion- is often hindered by politics and takes a second place to appeasing the masses. However, a criminal court does not operate in this manner. In any courtroom in this country, you have a right to defend yourself and, when faced with accusations and/or charges, state your case.
The principle is the fulcrum of modern democracies and is therefore found in many Western nations constitutions and national documents. It is even stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as declared by the United Nations in 1948 after the world has seen the biggest and most horrific world conflict in human history. Even when the accuser is the State itself, the State carries the burden of proof.
How to Cope with Felony Charges in El Paso
Any criminal lawyer knows that a client facing felony charges is likely to confront a lot of personal stress. It’s not an easy process and requires fortitude to stand strong and keep your head high. While the Rosales Law Firm will take care of building the defense of your case, we like to stay on top of your personal well-being while you await the process.
Here is some general advice to follow:
- Trust the justice system and know that the presumption of innocence is on your side. While not perfect, the United States has a well-functioning justice system. A good criminal defense lawyer will know the law inside and out and identify weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case that can help you.
- Accept that this is a difficult position to be in. Facing charges will awaken a rush of emotions in you and being aware of this can prepare you to better cope with them.
- Take care of yourself and recognize what’s happening. This might seem obvious but while your attorney takes care of the investigation and building your case, you need to take care of yourself so that you can stay calm and be in control as decisions arise.
- Communicate with your attorney. Your legal counsel is there to represent you and build your case but the more open communication you have with them, the smoother the process will be. They are here to help you!
- Consider talking to a professional. As you feel this surge of emotion, it might not be a bad idea to speak with a professional about what you’re going through. Talking through things can be a useful way to maintain mental clarity.
Worry Less With Expert Attorneys On Your Side
If you or a loved one are facing felony charges in El Paso, it is a serious matter. We don’t have to tell you that but working to maintain your clear judgment and make the right decisions depends on your ability to stay calm and the vital choice of attorney. The Rosales Law Firm investigates every case thoroughly and understands how much is riding on this. Your future, your family, and your loved ones depend on the outcome, which is why we take this responsibility to heart. Please connect with us today so you can receive the legal help you need to get through this difficult situation.