You Just Need Legal
Maybe you don't actually
need an attorney to represent you in court, but that doesn't mean you don't
have the right to consult with one to discuss your legal options. A criminal
defense attorney can explain both your rights and your options. They'll also be
able to advise you about what will really happen if you're convicted.
They can also help you
understand the potential defenses you have available to you. This option is
available to anyone (though never one we can fully recommend), but it isn't the
best path for those accused of serious (felony) crimes or those who have any
special professional licenses.
You've Been Asked to Be
Questioned by the Police
If the police want to
interview you because you've been implicated in a crime, you need to hire a
criminal defense attorney — even if you're innocent or played only a small or
peripheral role to the crime. Innocent people do go to jail and not being as
guilty as someone else doesn't mean they won't throw the book at you. No matter
what police say, they're not there to help you.
One way or another, never
answer questions the police ask you without a lawyer present. Your lawyer may
even advise the police they aren't to speak to you without them present.
You've Been Charged With
If you've been charged
with a crime, especially a serious one (like a felony), it's vital you contact
an attorney as soon as possible. This is even more true if you have a
professional license of some kind, as certain convictions may impact your
ability to qualify for those licenses.
If you've already spoken
to investigators or the prosecuting attorney, your lawyer will want to know
everything you said to them so he or she can prevent you from further
implicating yourself. They'll also instruct you on what questions you should or
shouldn't answer when questioned and put safeguards into place to ensure things
like lineups or photo arrays are conducted appropriately.
Your Case Involves a
We all have
constitutional rights, and if those rights are violated in the investigation of
a crime, it will impact the prosecutions case… but only if you have a lawyer
capable of arguing appropriately for suppression of that evidence. Sometimes
that may mean the charges are even dropped, as without that key evidence, they
have no case.
You're Going to Trial
If your case is going to
court, a criminal defense lawyer can help you decide what the best options are.
Sometimes, he or she may suggest you plead guilty or accept a plea bargain in
exchange for a reduced sentence, but they may also believe you should go to
court since they don't think the prosecution has enough evidence to prove
you're guilty beyond all reasonable doubt.
A plea bargain may sound
like a dream come true if you're facing a lot of hard time, but a criminal
defense attorney can analyze the bargain to make sure it's really a good deal.
Has the prosecutor offered you a deal to quickly get rid of the case? If so, why?
We have the experience to know. In any event, we can also negotiate a better
deal in many cases.
There may also be other
consequences of the deal that you may not be aware of, like the potential to
serve a longer sentence if you're convicted of a subsequent crime.
You Need to Bail Out
If you don't have the
option of bail, you'll have to stay in jail until the trial, which could be
weeks or even months. A criminal defense attorney can help get you released on
bail or even argue to help you get reduced bail.
How to Get a Criminal
Defense Attorney in Florida
If you're in the Central Florida area, call the Orlando criminal defense attorneys at Draper Law Offices at
866.767.4711 for a free, no-obligation consultation or contact us online.