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Ask attorneys in Denver: Can a defense lawyer guarantee a favorable outcome?

Ask attorneys in Denver: Can a defense lawyer guarantee a favorable outcome?

If you've been charged with a crime and you've scheduled a consultation with an attorney from a Colorado law firm, chances are you'll want to have some questions answered before you hire that individual to take on your case. One common question that criminal defense lawyers face is the following: Can you guarantee certain results?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. In fact, any attorney who tells you that he or she can guarantee a favorable outcome probably shouldn't be trusted.

"Too much of what may happen is beyond a defense lawyer's control for a hard guarantee to make sense," explains online legal resource Nolo.com. "A lawyer who guarantees an outcome may simply be trying a hard-sell tactic to induce the defendant to hire him. On the other hand, it may make perfect sense for a lawyer to express strong confidence about the outcome, as long as he doesn't express this confidence in absolute terms."

While an attorney can't guarantee certain results, he or she can improve your chances of being acquitted or facing a less severe sentence than what the prosecutor has recommended. That being said, it's absolutely in your best interest to hire a lawyer in the event that you're charged with a crime—even if there's no way to guarantee the outcome you're hoping for.

If you've been accused of a driving-related offense in the state of Colorado, you should seek out attorneys in Denver who have experience with cases similar to yours. At The Orr Law Firm, we're here to help whenever you need us and we're happy to answer any questions you have.

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