If you’ve never been in trouble with the law before, you might not know when it’s a good idea to have a criminal attorney on hand. Some encounters come on suddenly, where you might not know you need a lawyer until you’re being read your Miranda rights. Other times, you could find yourself the target of an investigation, even if you’re not under arrest. Either way, it’s important that you get legal advice.
Here’s a brief overview of when and why you should call a criminal lawyer.
After you’ve been arrested
When someone is arrested, the police are required to read them their constitutionally-guaranteed Miranda rights, which notify the suspect of their right to remain silent, and their right to counsel, even if they can’t afford a criminal attorney on their own. If they fail to inform you, or they subsequently violate your rights in another related way, that evidence could be excluded.
While you need to give the police your basic identification details, be sure to ask for a criminal lawyer right away, and don’t say anything else until you have legal counsel.
When you’re the target of an investigation
Sometimes, people find themselves targeted by the police while they’re investigating a crime. It doesn’t matter if you actually did anything wrong or not—you need a criminal lawyer. The police can use tactics like asking you to voluntarily come in and “clear a few things up,” but they won’t tell you that your right to remain silent and have counsel present doesn’t apply until you’re actually under arrest.
It’s also just a good idea to have an attorney in this situation, as they can guide you through what to expect, what to say and how to avoid further run-ins with the police. If you do end up under arrest, your criminal attorney will already know the situation and can jump in immediately.
When there’s a warrant or notice to appear
Sometimes you’ll be served with a search or arrest warrant, or a notice to appear in court. You need to take these situations very seriously. Call a criminal defense attorney right away, before you surrender. It’s also a good idea to call them when you know you’re about to be the subject of a search warrant.
When you have questions about post-conviction issues
Finally, if you run into post-conviction issues, reaching out to a criminal lawyer is wise. Your lawyer can help you navigate parole and probation hearings, check-ins and other legal requirements. Since failing to comply with the conditions of parole or probation can land you back in jail, you need solid legal advice. Your lawyer will help you comply with these conditions without giving up any of your rights.
When you’ve had a run-in with the law, you need the help of a seasoned criminal attorney. The Law Office of Rob Biggers can help. Reach out to us today for a consultation, and to get help with your specific situation. We look forward to learning more about your case.
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