When Can You Retain An Attorney
Interviewer: What’s the earliest someone could have an attorney involved in his or her case?
Ladan Law: I’ve seen people come directly from the jail to my office. Frankly, in those kinds of situations the people that are sitting before me are tired and they’re scared. My advice to them is to go home and get some sleep. The day after you’re released from jail would be a perfect opportunity.
I need people to be thinking clearly and it is an important matter before them. So, I’ve probably lost a few clients because I told them they need to be level headed when they meet with an attorney and I’ve sent them home. Ninety-nine times out of 100 I think that’s the better course of action, learn more.
The day after somebody is arrested and released, is rested and has their wits about them would be a great time to start thinking about getting an attorney on board. Because at that point they’re in that golden position of having been arrested, but not yet being prosecuted for a criminal offense and there is some benefits of jumping on the case early. This is because I may be able to keep the case from being filed completely.
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You May Not Be Able To See Your Family After You’ve Been Arrested
Interviewer: The conditions may have at that point already been set so that they can’t contact their family?
Ladan Law: That’s true, that damage will be done. I have appeared on rare occasions at the initial appearance with the victim, and been able to negotiate some favorable release conditions.
Interviewer: So you don’t have any domestic violence couch that people can sleep on?
Ladan Law: Unfortunately we’re not equipped to house those folks, but we are equipped to get that back home as soon as humanly possible.