Knowing when to hire a lawyer isn’t always easy. You may not be sure you even have a case. Whatever your situation is, it never hurts to get a free consultation just to see where you stand. That being said, here is a handy checklist to consider when deciding if you need the services of a criminal or immigration lawyer.
Not every situation needs a lawyer. However, there are some events that necessitate a call to an experienced attorney for representation. Those could include:
- If you have been arrested for a crime
- If you are served with documents that relate to a legal proceeding or lawsuit
- If you were involved in a bad accident that caused personal injuries or property damage
- You are facing deportation for an immigration matter
- There has been a change in family status, such as birth, adoption, divorce or death
- You have experienced a change in your financial status, including bankruptcy filing, receiving real estate or losing valuable personal property.
Being charged with a crime or facing deportation are two very good reasons to hire a lawyer. Whenever your freedom is threatened or you have been accused of something serious, it’s always in your best interests to get legal representation. This is because crimes of any kind can carry penalties of fines and/or jail time that can be reflected on your permanent record.
For issues that carry possible legal ramifications, hiring a lawyer is a good idea. For example, if you’re just starting a business, you’ll need a lawyer to help you determine the best structure for your particular type of company and help you comply with the complex requirements for forming such an entity. Failure to comply with these issues could leave you open to liability that could put you in hot legal or financial water later.
You may assume you can save money and hassle by waiting to retain the services of a lawyer. The answer to that is: always err on the side of caution and call a lawyer right away. In most states, there is a statute of limitations on when you can file a case, whether in a criminal matter, immigration issue or personal injury case.
Calling an attorney immediately will save you many hours of anxiety as well as money. Placing a call quickly will get the ball rolling and increase your chances of a successful outcome.
Determining Your Case
Some problems aren’t exclusively legal problems and can be handled in part by the assistance of other professionals, including accountants, physicians, counselors and even clergy, points out the American Bar Association. However, many problems do indeed have a legal component that requires the help of a qualified lawyer. This will take some inward reflection, a lot of research and a phone call or two for free legal consultations.
Contact D&N Law Group
Contact us here at D&N Law Group for a free initial consultation. Serving Dallas County and beyond, our attorneys, Mai Nguyen and Asma Din, have one goal: to bring a personal approach to your case through highly effective and affordable representation. We specialize in criminal and immigration matters.