People might look at the title of criminal defense attorney and ask what that means. How is it different than a prosecutor? Any accusation of white collar crime requires layers of detailed evidence.
A good example of how a defense attorney reviews evidence involves a recent case regarding Virginia’s Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. A diligent public defender discovered a written agreement between local police, government attorneys and the hospital to work together on child protection prosecution cases. In short, it means the parties agreed to work together, share information and that hospital experts would testify in court.
What does this mean to a defense attorney?
A partnership between medical professionals and the police is not unheard of. What jumps out to a criminal defense attorney is that the government never disclosed this contract to the defense.
In a nutshell, this matters because a defense attorney uses all information at their disposal (and then some, as this case shows). It’s reasonable to argue that there may be a conflict of interest or that the agreement means medical experts are so busy testifying in cases that they are not actually practicing medicine. A criminal defense attorney questions the facts because a guilty verdict requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
Leave no stone unturned
Missing evidence means missed arguments. Seemingly minor details can shift a case significantly. A criminal defense attorney will represent clients to their full capability, defending your case and confirming that the evidence truly points to guilt instead of speculation. When your freedom is on the line, every detail matters.