If you find yourself faced with a criminal charge, whether for fraud, drug possession, sexual offense, arson or murder, you understandably are shaken to your core. This time can be extremely overwhelming, scary and frustrating as you seek the answers to your questions. The first thing on your mind should be self protection. How can you protect your rights as a citizen falsely accused of a crime of this magnitude? You’ll want to make a phone call to your criminal lawyer as your first order of business.
Representing yourself in this process can be a foolhardy proposition, as it’s difficult or near impossible for a person to competently handle his or her own defense in a criminal case. Your very freedom is at stake — perhaps even your life. You need the services of a skilled, tenacious, experienced attorney that can guide you in the right direction. As a so-called pro se litigant, representing your own best interests in a criminal charge, can prove detrimental to your case. Many people fight lesser charges on their own successfully, such as landlord-tenant disputes. But a criminal charge brings with it much higher stakes.
When questioned by law enforcement about your role in the incident that spurred the criminal charge, tell them you would like to call your lawyer. Do not speak to anyone about the details until you speak to an attorney.
Why You Need a Criminal Lawyer
Criminal defense attorneys see a variety of felonies, misdemeanors, white collar crimes, drug use and possession charges, and state and federal crimes throughout their years in practice. A good lawyer has a lot of experience in criminal law and should be able to:
- Reduce your criminal charge.
- Lessen the punishment severity.
- Cut down or eliminate jail time, such as with probation.
- Help you create a quality defense strategy.
As someone charged with a serious offense, you know how high the stakes are. You can’t afford to hire a lawyer who doesn’t focus on criminal law and who doesn’t have enough experience to properly represent you. Thus, you need one with the necessary skill level needed to defend your case. A lot of work goes into compiling and defending a criminal case. The attorney you choose must have years of experience in crime scene investigations; interviews; extensive knowledge of photographs and video; top-notch attention to detail; and a proven history of getting desired results.
In addition, criminal laws and penalties are different depending on the state you’re in, which is why your attorney should know the state and local rules of court inside and out.
Questions to Ask
Before choosing the best criminal defense lawyer for you, there are certain questions you should ask as part of your free initial consultation, such as:
- How many years of experience do you have handling cases like mine?
- How much of my criminal case will you handle and how much will other lawyers on the team or paralegals handle?
- How many jury trials have you been a part of?
- What is your success rate?
- In how many instances do you work out plea agreements or request a lesser charge?
- What are your fees and how do you calculate them? Can I pay in installments or do I have to come up with one large sum?
- Can you provide references from clients you have helped in the past?
Contact D&N Law Group in Irving TX
If you are facing a criminal charge, it’s imperative to call us right away. In fact, it’s a good idea to call us even if you sense an impending charge is looming. Contact us at D&N Law Group for a free consultation now.