Violent crime charges can't be taken lightly. There is a good chance that these charges are backed by considerable credible evidence. This can greatly affect your defense, depending on what is included and how you handle it. It is up to you to initiate the process for devising a defense strategy as early in the case as possible.
Violent crimes are sometimes planned, but this isn't always the case. Just about everyone has heard about homicides that occurred in the heat of passion. This isn't just something that was made up in Hollywood. It is an actual point that is considered when a person is accused of voluntary manslaughter.
Many white collar crime charges come after a long investigation. When you think about that, you can see how much work you might need to put into a defense. These charges aren't ones that you can just throw together a defense at the last minute. Instead, you need to be willing to take the initiative to get things moving in the direction you are ready to go.
When it comes to criminal law, anyone charged with a crime is constitutionally entitled to a lawyer. Defendants who lack the resources to hire their own attorneys are assigned public defenders who represent them at no charge to the defendant. While this sounds nice, what it means in practice is that there are a lot of public defenders juggling too many clients. These lawyers often lack the time and resources to give each case the attention it deserves.
You're not home all day long. You have work and plenty of other commitments.