Yesterday, Former New England Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
In 2012, he signed a five-year, $40 million contract extension to play football in the NFL. Now, he is headed to a maximum-security prison where he will be confined to a jail cell just a mile and half away from Gillette Stadium where he caught touchdown passes and fans chanted his name.
The consequences we face are not always a result of our direct actions. Often, they are an indirect result of the choices we make: the people, places, and things we choose to surround ourselves with.
During closing argument, the defense conceded Hernandez was present when the murder took place. DNA evidence linking Hernandez to a marijuana joint found at the crime scene had placed him there. However, in doing so, his defense lawyer argued that Hernandez was merely present after a night partying with a few friends when those same friends unexpectedly killed the victim.
Regardless of his direct or indirect actions, Aaron Hernandez will spend the rest of his life in prison for the choices he made that night.
The Next Choice You Make
If you have been accused a crime, the next choice you make: It will be the most important one.
When you have been charged with a crime, the bell has been rung. You can't unring it.
You cannot talk your way out of it. People try. It usually makes things worse.
You cannot ignore it hoping it will just go away. It doesn't.
When you face criminal charges, there is very little you control. It is this lack of control that can create a seemingly unbearable emotional burden and feeling of hopelessness.
But, there is one thing you still control: the criminal defense attorney you choose to represent you. You need to align yourself with an experienced professional dedicated to helping people protect their rights, defend their freedom, and restore their life.
Do your research. Listen to what each attorney has to say about your case to determine whether their experience is truly rooted in criminal defense. Listen to what others have to say about the attorney to evaluate their professionalism, trustworthiness, and commitment to the people they help.
You can choose to advance your interests in a positive direction.
There is hope. Shawn Curry Law can help.
Contact Criminal Defense Lawyer Shawn Curry today.
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