If you have found yourself in a situation where you are accused of committing
a crime, are taken into custody or are under investigation for any type
of criminal offense, you are probably wondering whether you need an attorney.
The question of when to involve a criminal defense attorney is a crucial
one, and your choice may end up having a direct impact on your future.
Because every case is different, the best advice we can give is this: if
you think you may need an attorney, you're probably right. And even
if you do not end up needing legal counsel at this time, you have nothing
to lose by discussing your situation with a professional who can provide
insight and the answers you seek.
We place a strong emphasis on the early involvement of a criminal defense
attorney because of the serious consequences that even an accusation of
an alleged crime can have on all areas of your life. Depending on the
type of offense, you may be socially ostracized. Your employment may be
terminated. The custody of your children may even be threatened, and you
may find that friends and family members are unwilling to lend their support.
You need someone on your side who knows how to effectively challenge criminal
accusations and formal charges inside and outside of the criminal courtroom.
With law enforcement and the prosecution doing everything in their power
to gather enough evidence against you to secure a conviction, you need
an attorney to protect your rights and interests. Even before formal charges
are filed, an attorney can conduct a pre-file investigation or intervention
and work to ensure this does not occur. Search warrants should be carefully
reviewed and may be challenged in some cases. Any questioning, formal
or informal, should be supervised by your attorney to make sure you do
not say or do anything that could be used against you later on –
even if you are just trying to cooperate.
If you are familiar with Miranda rights, you know that you have the right
to an attorney if you are arrested on suspicion of committing a crime.
You also have the right to remain silent. You do not need to wait until
an arrest, however, to exercise your right to an attorney. Involve a legal
professional as soon as you become aware that you are a person of interest
in a criminal investigation, and you may find that you can avoid a good
deal of embarrassment, inconvenience and even formal charges that could
threaten your entire future.
Do Not Wait Until an Arrest to Seek Legal Counsel
In some cases, such as a
DUI arrest or situation where you are taken into custody with no forewarning,
you may have no choice but to involve an attorney after you are already
taken in. There are other scenarios where you may discover that you are
a prime suspect in a criminal investigation or where law enforcement may
call you in for "questioning." When this occurs, a pre-file
investigation may be the answer.
At The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman, we offer pre-file investigation
services to clients throughout the Orange County area of Southern California.
We recognize the immense benefit that can be brought about by the immediate
intervention of a criminal defense lawyer, even if formal charges have
not been filed. With our experience in this field, we understand that
prosecutors are unlikely to proceed if they do not have extremely strong
cases against defendants. We use this to our clients' advantage, finding
fault in physical evidence and witness testimony to weaken the prosecution's
case and persuade them to stop in their pursuit.
With the right approach and a competent attorney by your side, you may
find that you can avoid a conviction or even charges in the first place.
Contact our firm today to discuss your unique case and how we can help you.