What if you have been arrested and charged with a crime? What do you do? How do you find an attorney? Do you financially qualify for a court appointed attorney? Do you take legal advice from your mom’s friend’s husband’s nephew? What are some smart steps to take when you need legal representation?
First, do not panic…take a deep breath and think about what result you want? What do you want from your attorney? Someone who will return your calls, treats you with respect and upholds your right to be “innocent until proven guilty” is a good start.
The thought of prison time or other serious penalties can be overwhelming and frightening. Your criminal defense attorney is someone who will be fighting for you. You will want an attorney with a proven record of success and one that is comfortable in front of a judge and jury. Not every lawyer has is an experienced trial lawyer. More often than not, plea bargains and negotiating deals are common practice…and not necessarily to your benefit. Or, while you might expect to be able to have your day in court, you may find that the trial will cost you extra and more than you thought you were going to have to pay.
An criminal defense attorney has the expertise to hone in on those unique features in your personal case to help defend you and produce the best possible outcome for you and your family. Whether it is calling on witnesses, finding the details that make a difference, fighting for a dismissal, or simply by standing by your side, your defense attorney is there to work for and with you.
Also of note is to listen to your attorney and take their advice. Not only do they know the law, but specifically know the law in your state. Navigating the state legal system, local court politics and having a good relationship with and respect for with the local municipality will go a long way.
If you are in need of legal representation for criminal defense, we are here for you. Please contact us, we are glad to be of service.