Finding out that you are facing criminal charges can be extremely scary. You probably have a million questions but you are not quite sure where to turn. However, it can be helpful to know what to expect as the days pass by.
Here are some of the top questions that criminal lawyers get asked on a regular basis.
What should I do if there is a warrant out for my arrest?
Before you do anything, you need to find yourself a lawyer. He or she will be able to help you decide what your best course of action is. Most of the time, you are going to have to go to court to come up with an agreement that works for everyone.
Can I really stay quiet when I am arrested?
You have every right to say nothing when you are arrested. Too many people open their mouths and say something incriminating, which can be the worst possible thing that you can do. Instead, wait until you have a lawyer because everything that you do say will be used against you, just like they tell you.
Do I really need a lawyer?
Though you can try to go through this whole process alone, it is not advised. You need someone with experience to be able to help you through the whole process, from your arrest to trying to figure out your best options. Your lawyer will also work with you every step of the way throughout your trial and what comes afterward.
You also need to consider what is going to happen next when you are trying to decide whether or not you want a lawyer. Your whole life will change, especially if you are found guilty. You may lose your family and friends. You may not be able to keep a job with a record. You really need to discuss the future with a lawyer when you are deciding what you really want to do.
If I plead guilty, do I still need a lawyer?
You are still going to need to have someone on your side. He or she may advise you to take a plea bargain instead of just pleading guilty.
How do I know if I should take the plea bargain?
Again, your lawyer will be able to discuss your options. You may not want to gamble on potentially losing your case so your plea bargain may be your best chance.
How do I choose the right lawyer?
This can be quite complicated because you are going to want someone who has the experience to win your case. However, since everything is on the line, you also want someone that you can trust. You may want to call around and meet with several lawyers until you find one that you feel comfortable with.
What is an arraignment?
When you go to your arraignment, it is a formal proceeding that occurs before the court. This is where you will find out what charges you are facing (if you don’t already know). At this time, you will have to plead guilty or not guilty. You may also reach a plea deal at this time to get a reduced sentence for the crime that you committed.
After this, you will learn whether or not you will receive bail. If you can afford bail, you will be presented with the conditions of your release. If not (or you don’t get bail), you will wait in prison until your trial.
Now that you know what to expect, it won’t be as scary. However, you should not wait any longer before you talk to someone. Don’t hesitate to contact us today. We will be happy to answer your questions, sit down with you to discuss your case, and help you figure out the right course of action for you. We will fight for you every step of the way.
DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this article does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. Please contact attorney Kirk Anderson for an initial consultation.