One of the main duties of a criminal defense lawyer is protecting your rights. Your lawyer will ensure you are treated fairly while in custody, not forced to give a false confession, and informed of your criminal charges in a timely manner.
A criminal defense lawyer can also greatly affect the outcome of your case. In some cases, an attorney may be able to negotiate with the prosecutor to have your charges reduced or completely dismissed. A lawyer can also thoroughly review the evidence that is being used against you to ensure that none of it was illegally obtained. If it was, your attorney will fight to have this evidence thrown out. Criminal defense attorneys will also stand by your side during the trial to point out flaws in the prosecutor’s case against you.