In our previous post, we began speaking about the role of facts in Minnesota criminal cases, an admittedly rather broad topic. What we would like to speak briefly about here is really the role of a criminal defense attorney in building up and handling a criminal defendant’s case, from the standpoint of facts.
From a criminal defense perspective, there is certainly a concern for facts, just as there is for police conducting criminal investigations and for prosecutor’s pursuing charges. The task of a criminal defense attorney, though, is not to deal solely with the facts, but to deal with the facts in the context of the adversarial process. The overall goal of a criminal defense attorney is to protect the rights of the accused. Presenting evidence in court is part of this, but not the whole of it.