Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney
If you or someone you know is arrested for a crime, you should contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. Do not make any statements to law enforcement or make any decisions regarding your case before consulting an attorney. A criminal defense attorney has a better sense of what you should and should not say to law enforcement. He or she can also advise you on the bail process.
It is very important to hire a lawyer immediately. Time is not on your side. The sooner your lawyer gets involved in your case, the better off you will be regardless of the charges you are facing.
Here are some questions that you should ask your attorney:
What are the charges against me? What are the consequences if I am found guilty? What are some sentencing alternatives?
What are some of my potential defenses and how will they apply to the facts of my case? What is the defense strategy?
How many similar cases have you handled and what were some of the outcomes?
What kind of evidence will the State present against me and how will you obtain this evidence (Discovery)?
How much defense investigation will need to be done and at what cost? What can I do to help?
What is an expert witness and will I need one? How much will it cost?
What can I do right now to improve the outcome of my situation? Should I enroll in any classes? Should I obtain employment? Should I seek any medical attention?
What if any evidence can be excluded based on improper police conduct? Do the current search and seizure laws apply to my case?
How should I act in court, in front of witnesses, with probation officers, and prosecutors?
What can I discuss with my friends and family members? How should I deal with these issues?