Holly A Martin Daughter in Madison County Jail Edwardsville IL We know she is NOT GUILTY of such acts as she is being charged with! We do not have a lot to work with and need someone that will work with us on the financial end. We are so WANTING to PROVE her innocence. PLEASE HELP We know it is a Mountain that will be difficult to climb and want to prove to the world that she is innocent! Being an election year and with such charges there seems to be NO ONE that wants to touch this case unless of course you have around $7000 up front. We just do not have this kind of resource, we are so distraught over being helpless. I know somehow, someway this young lady with no priors and no drug usage just can not be incarcerated for something she DID NOT DO because of MONEY. She is naive/young(no attorney present) and went to East Alton Police Station with an officer Cranmer(who by the way is trying to make Lieutenant. She was barraged by this Major Cranmer and made to feel like crap(using her weight and size) and was told she could go home if she just made an confession. SOMEONE PLEASE SEE THRU THE BS for God sake! Cherie Ingold Mother 6185802643 work M-F 6 till 430 Sat 6 till Noon
Let me start by saying that I am not going to call although I am not indifferent to your plight and I am truly sorry that you're going through this.
Let me also emphasize that your daughter has a lawyer at this point in time. If she can't afford a lawyer, she gets a lawyer for free of charge from the Madison County Public Defender's Office.
Private lawyers are expensive to go with instead of the Public Defender's Office for a really good reason. That reason is that there's a large amount of time to spend on the case in order to do a good job.
The fact is, there's a lot of desperate people out there who hear nightmare stories about Public Defenders who reason that any lawyer for any price must be better than the lawyer from the Public Defender's Office.
That's just flat out not true.
But people have been known to bring in lawyers who have never practiced criminal law in their lives who go up against professional prosecutors and then get smoked.
People have been known to hire lawyers fresh out of law school who don't have the necessary experience with criminal law, criminal procedure, with trial procedures, evidence law, or the court system. Those lawyers also get smoked by their professional opposition, the prosecutor.
And sadly, there are lawyers who are quite aware of the stereotype of public defenders, play it up, take a small fee, and do as little work as possible to get through the case as fast as possible because that's the only way to make a profit. As a result, there's no investigation done, no research done, and little to no thought done about the case at hand.
Some lawyers in Public Defender offices are simply great. Some are not. Frankly, some private lawyers are also great, and some are not
Here's another thing for you to consider: sometimes lawyers are only as good as the witnesses you have. You didn't reveal what the charge was, so I looked it up. This is easily a case that will cost a lot of money for expert witnesses to refute the State's expert witnesses separate and apart from the legal fees. If you can't afford that, many a Public Defender Office can.
Apart from expert witnesses and expenses, lawyers charge for their time. You want a lawyer who is competent, has experience with these kinds of charges, and is well versed with dealing with expert witnesses.
An all call to anyone and everyone to call you if interested is just not the way to go about doing this. If it turns out that you have the funds for a private lawyer, you need to contact lawyer's offices and ask them what kind of experience they have with this specific type of charge.
Because in the end, the prosecutors want to win. So do you for your daughter.
I wish you and your daughter the best of luck.
I would only add a very obvious financial consideration, no professionally qualified criminal defense counsel could afford handling a protracted criminal case that requires costly expert wintesses pro bono. Such case alone may easily destroy the entire livelihood of that professional.
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