Why you need a criminal defense attorney
If you’ve been arrested, the best thing you can do is be cooperative and compliant with the law enforcement officer. Even if he or she is absolutely wrong in making your arrest, you’re not going to talk them into un-arresting you. Be cooperative, compliant, and quite frankly, keep your mouth shut. Don’t say anything that’s going to cause you to have an issue in your case, then consult with an attorney. Find someone that is qualified in that particular field and hire them to represent you so that you can make sure that your rights are properly protected.
A criminal defense lawyer can do a lot for you
They can inform you about the legal process, they can explain to you what to expect. “How is this going to work? What do these court dates mean? Do I need to be there or not?” “What about my case? What facts do they have? Is it good? Is it bad?” What are your defenses? Ultimately, what they can do is assess and evaluate your case, determine what potential defenses you may have, and through that process, negotiate for you, evaluate things for you, and really put you in the best position possible to protect your rights and to preserve your defenses.
You’re innocent, but this doesn’t always mean you won’t be proven guilty
Being innocent of a charge is not going to be your key to exhortation. The truth, although it should set you free, may need a lawyer to assist you in getting there. An attorney knows how to navigate the legal process, knows how to present the case appropriately in court, understands what the legal precedents are, and understands what the statute requires of the state to prove. Unfortunately, in these types of scenarios, once you’ve been arrested and accused, even though you are presumed innocent of that offense, without a good lawyer, oftentimes the right result does not find its way to fruition. You really need an attorney to walk side by side with you to make sure that what should happen does happen, and not just assume that the truth is going to set you free.
Any time you’re charged with a crime, you have the possibility of going to jail, having any number of sanctions that could impact you, directly or indirectly. The best thing you can do is consult with a criminal lawyer, maybe speak to two or three, understand what law you’re being accused of violating and what they might be able to do for you to protect you from those consequences. Once you do that, you’ll understand why it’s so important to hire an attorney if you’re accused of a crime.