If you’ve been charged with a crime, you may be wondering if you need an attorney. After all, the criminal justice system can be confusing and overwhelming, and it’s natural to want someone on your side who can help guide you through the process.
Here’s how to know if you should contact an attorney:
You’re Charged with a Crime
You need an attorney if you’re facing felony charges or anything similar. These types of charges can result in significant penalties, including prison time, and you’ll want to make sure you have someone on your side who knows how to navigate the criminal justice system.
You’re Not Sure What Lies Ahead
Attorneys provide clarity and direction when you’re feeling lost and confused about your legal situation. Your attorney will be able to explain the charges against you and your options for moving forward, which can help ease your anxiety and stress.
You’ve Been Contact by Law Enforcement
You should contact an attorney as soon as law enforcement contacts you. Attorneys provide peace of mind. They’ll ensure you don’t say anything the prosecution will use against you.
You’re Facing Jail Time
If you’re facing the possibility of jail time or other severe penalties, you need an attorney. Attorneys advocate on your behalf. They do what they can to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed.
The Evidence Against You is Overwhelming
If the evidence against you is strong, you may still have options, but you’ll need an experienced attorney to help you navigate the criminal justice system. They’ll review the evidence against you and use any weaknesses in your favor.
You Already Have a Criminal Record
If you have a previous criminal record, it’s important to have an attorney on your side. Legal professionals ensure that your previous record doesn’t unfairly impact your current case.
You’re a Juvenile or Your Child is Accused of a Crime
You need an attorney if you’re under 18 and you’re facing criminal charges. They can explain the juvenile justice system and your rights, so the experience is a little less daunting.
You’re Not a US Citizen
If you’re not a US citizen and you’re accused of a crime, it’s important to contact an attorney immediately. A conviction can result in your deportation, even if you’ve been living in the US for many years. An attorney can help you navigate the criminal justice system and work to keep you in the country.
These are just a few signs that you might need an attorney. If you’re unsure, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and contact an attorney. A legal professional will review your case and help you understand your rights and options.
If you’d like to speak with an experienced legal professional or you fit into any of the above categories, please contact David Lindsey to schedule a consultation.