Do I need a criminal defense attorney?
Any person that is facing a criminal charge, even if it is minor, will benefit from a consultation with an experienced, competent criminal defense attorney. It is vital that the defendant understand the nature of the charges filed, available defenses, what plea bargains are likely to be offered and what is likely to happen in the event of a conviction.
For serious charges, it will be a rare defendant who does not benefit from having an experienced, competent criminal defense attorney assist with the negotiations or to prepare a case for trial. A criminal defense attorney will be able to identify important pretrial issues and bring appropriate motions which might significantly improve a defendant’s situation, or even result in the dismissal of charges.
When is the best time to hire an attorney?
The best time to hire a criminal defense attorney is immediately. Often what appears to be a simple matter becomes more complicated once the prosecuting attorney begins to work on the case. By involving your attorney early in the process, you may be afforded the time for motions such as those to suppress evidence or determine the validity of a witness that would otherwise be unavailable to you.
By retaining your attorney right away, you greatly improve the possibility of better results. The longer you wait to retain your attorney, the more you stand to risk.
What do I do if I am under investigation for a crime?
If you are under investigation for a crime, your attorney should be present during all questioning, not just questioning after your arrest. Investigators often tell potential defendants that their attorney is not required for “preliminary” or “routine” questioning. However, the answers you give them often become evidence at a trial. If you are being investigated and you have retained an attorney, you can tell the investigator that you refuse to answer questions until your attorney is present. If you have not hired an attorney, then you should ask for the time to do so.
What if I have been arrested?
If you have been arrested, the authorities should have provided you with a statement of your rights (Miranda Rights). Those rights include the right to have your attorney present during all questioning. You should exercise those rights. Your attorney is able to protect you and your rights. Additionally, if you are arrested and your attorney is quickly brought into the case, your chances of a better result are greatly improved.
Antony Garza is a criminal defense attorney representing citizens all over Kosciusko, Marshall, Fulton and Miami Counties. To greatly improve the possibility of better results, call Antony today for a free consultation.
Don’t find yourself in court without him.