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1. WHEN DO I NEED TO CONTACT A CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER?

You need to urgently contact a lawyer when you have been accused or charged with committing a crime. Also contact a lawyer when the Police request to question you, as it is often better to be accompanied by a lawyer. You must also urgently contact a lawyer should members of the SAPS conduct themselves in an irregular or unlawful manner. You also have the right to defend yourself without a lawyer, but this is not advisable.

If you have been charged with a crime, a lawyer can:

  • Attempt to secure your release from custody as soon as possible;
  • Work to get the charges against you dropped or lowered;
  • Interview police, interested parties, and any possible witnesses to expose any lies or exaggeration;
  • Make sure no evidence was obtained against you illegally;
  • Attend an identity-parade to ensure the correctness thereof;
  • Conduct a thorough pre-trial investigation;
  • Employ a private investigator, ballistics expert or any other experts that may be able to help strengthen your defence;
  • Appear on your behalf at trial or instruct an advocate to appear on your behalf at trial;
  • Take all the necessary steps to make sure you face the minimum possible penalties.

DO CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS/ATTORNEYS DIFFER FROM OTHER TYPES OF LAWYERS?

Not really, except that almost two thirds of law firms in South Africa do not practise criminal law! According to a National Survey of the Attorney’s Profession commissioned by The Law Society of South Africa, only 35,6 % of Attorney Firms in South Africa practise criminal law. According to Wikipedia criminal defence work can be intimidating to some lawyers and that criminal defence lawyers tend to be a special breed of lawyers!

LAWYERS AND ATTORNEYS - IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?

No. The correct title for a lawyer in South Africa is 'Attorney at Law' The criminallawyers.co.za website has been duplicated under the domain name criminalattorneys.co.za to make it easier for people who wish to search for either a criminal defense lawyer or attorney

 

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