Say NOTHING to the police
They already have your basic information. Do not attempt to explain things, even if you are innocent. The time for explaining things will come later. Now is the time for the government to build its case against you. Don't help them.
EVERYTHING you say now WILL be used against you, in some way.
Get a qualified attorney IMMEDIATELY.
Most attorneys will show up in court, but your life hangs in the balance.
Do you really want just any attorney, or do you want an experienced, aggressive attorney who will fight for you every inch of the way?
If you have been arrested for a crime, you have a right to an attorney, and you have a right to a fair, speedy trial.
It is strongly recommended that you always use an experienced criminal attorney and never defend yourself in a criminal trial. There are countless legal traps and loopholes that can result in unfair convictions and severe sentences.
If you cannot afford a private attorney, you have the right to a court-appointed public defender. However, even a public defender is not free. Depending on the circumstances, you may be required to pay for the defense at the conclusion of your trial.
Moreover, public defenders or court-appointed attorneys are often overburdened and cannot always devote the time that your case requires. No two cases are alike, and each defendant needs and deserves the full commitment of his or her defense lawyer.
The ideal situation is to hire a private attorney with whom you feel comfortable. Do not wait for the court to appoint an attorney for you. Whether you hire The Criminal Defense Group or another law firm, you must get an attorney immediately.
Until you have an attorney, do not speak to anyone. Exercise your constitutionally guaranteed right not to incriminate yourself. Do not answer any questions.
It is human nature to want to defend yourself when accused of a crime. Most people who incriminate themselves do so by trying to explain or defend themselves to the arresting officer or judge at their arraignment. Resist this temptation! Anything that you say can and will be used against you, and even the most seemingly innocent questions from a friendly law enforcement officer can severely damage your ability to defend yourself.
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Understanding the Criminal Process
If you have been arrested of a crime, are under criminal investigation or suspect that you are, this is likely your first experience with the criminal justice system. Facing criminal accusations can be one of the most frightening and confusing experiences in your life. You are a single individual, yet your are facing experienced prosecutors backed by the vast resources of the American government.
This page presents an overview of the criminal justice process. Please call us at any time of day or night if you have any questions or wish to discuss your case. We know what you are going through, and we are ready to help.
All criminal charges must be taken seriously. Generally, you get only one chance to defend yourself. Ignoring your legal problems will not make them go away. The decisions you make about your defense right now will affect the rest of your life.
Whatever you do, we strongly encourage you to obtain the services of an experienced criminal lawyer immediately. Do not wait for the court to appoint a public defender for you. Choose an attorney or law firm that you feel comfortable with. Regardless of whether you hire The Criminal Defense Group or not, you owe it to yourself and to your family to get a lawyer and protect your rights.
This guide is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. To speak to an attorney, call (800) 209-4331.