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As criminal defense lawyers, we are often pigeonholed into doing one thing and one thing only – defending people charged with criminal offenses. What is important to realize is that criminal defense lawyers develop a varied skill set that can help a wide variety of clients. One category of client that can especially benefit from the representation of a criminal defense lawyer is the last person you might expect: a crime victim. If you are the victim of a crime, and you cannot seem to get answers or find out what is going on with your case, you are not alone. Crime victims are often neglected or ignored by prosecutors. If you want your case to be heard, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced St. Petersburg criminal defense lawyer right away.

Victims in domestic violence offenses are unique. They are unique in that they exercise both an enormous amount of control over the case, yet command an extremely small level of respect from prosecutors. Most domestic violence offenses cannot possibly go forward without the cooperation of the victim. Yet when those same victims express to prosecutors that they do not in fact want to pursue charges, the prosecutors often ignore them and attempt to pursue the case anyway. Conversely, when the victims express desire to see severe punishments, prosecutors often also ignore that request and allow cases to be resolved without significant penalties to the defendant.

Representing Victims of Domestic Violence Crime

Hiring a lawyer to protect your interests if you are the victim of domestic violence can sometimes make all the difference. Lawyers are simply afforded a different level of access to the court system and to prosecutors in order to make things happen. Prosecutors dealing with domestic violence cases are often overwhelmed by their caseloads and overworked by the criminal justice system. If your case is not on their radar, it may fall through the cracks and simply be overlooked by the state attorney assigned to your case. Hiring a lawyer to represent you can help to ensure that your case does not sit on the backburner, regardless of what your goal is. A skilled St. Petersburg criminal defense attorney can help keep the case focused on your best interest and achieve the outcome you want.

If your goal is to get the charges dropped against your loved one, a lawyer can help you do that. Prosecutors are notorious for misstating facts and sometimes blatantly lying to courts about the intentions of victims in many cases. A lawyer appearing on your behalf can prevent a prosecutor from misconstruing your desires and can clearly communicate your intentions to the court. Retaining a lawyer can help expedited the dismissal of charges and can facilitate getting your family back together.

If your desire is instead to ensure a conviction and stiff penalties, a lawyer can communicate that to the court to prevent it from accepting a lenient plea dale that benefits the defense. An attorney can also help you to file an injunction or request a protective order so that even if the criminal charges don’t stick, you can be protected against the perpetrator of the crime. If you are the victim of crime, don’t assume that the criminal justice system will have your back. Often, victims of crime also become victims of the system itself. Hiring a dedicated St. Petersburg criminal lawyer can help prevent that from happening.

Speak to Our Lawyers Today

The attorneys at Hanlon Law have the skillset to represent defendants, victims and witnesses. We pride ourselves on zealously seeking the resolutions desired by our clients and adopting their goals as our own. If you are in need of a criminal lawyer, don’t hesitate to contact us right away for a consultation at 727.289.0222.

Client Reviews
As a practicing attorney, I was shocked to hear that a family member of mine was alleged to have committed a sex crime. Knowing full well the consequences this type of allegation can have on anyone and their future, I immediately reached out to William Hanlon for help. I had every confidence that Mr. Hanlon had the knowledge, expertise, and experience to handle this problem. Approximately 4 weeks from an initial conference with Mr. Hanlon, we received a call with the news that a letter of release was being issued and the case was being dropped. Now my family member can finally exhale, take a deep breath, and go on with his life. Thank you, William! Jerry
Was on the ball. Remembered names, events, places, situations. Never need to re explain the situation. Keeps in touch through out the entire experience and keeps you feeling safe, comforted and protected. Fights hard. Worth every single penny. Would never settle for anything less than Will. Carrie
I was facing a charge that if convicted would carry two years in prison minimally. Not only was he empathetic and listening to what I had to say but he arranged with the prosecutor for my charges not to be filed under terms of a pre trial investigation. Would highly recommend. Alec
I am very happy for what he did for me. Always there when I needed him. Explained everything well. He Fights for his clients. He got me what I needed. Hes an excellent lawyer. Mutaz
Mr. Hanlon did what no other lawyer could do. Not only did he turn my criminal history into a thing of the past so I could move on, he was a loyal associate. No matter how bad the situation is, he has miraculously cleared me on every charge since he became my lawyer 5 years ago. I have the best lawyer that the legal system has to offer. I have had other really good lawyers try to get my business, but I know that no one can do a better job than William Hanlon. Jesse