Criminal Defense Law
When you have been arrested and charged with a crime, whether a simple battery or a serious violent felony charge, the first rule is simple and it says: do not discuss your case or answer questions until you have legal representation. The Fifth Amendment protects witnesses from being forced to incriminate themselves. You also have the right to an attorney. The Sixth Amendment says that you have the right to be represented by the attorney(s) of your choice. Do not waive or give up your rights guaranteed to you by the United States Constitution. In the time immediately following a criminal charge, arrest or criminal investigation, having the help of an experienced lawyer can make all the difference. You must exercise your right to remain silent and retain legal counsel immediately. These simple steps can make all the difference at the end of the day. When you inadvertently fail to exercise your right to remain silent, you can unintentionally incriminate yourself. Having a lawyer at your side will mean that every step is taken to create the best defense possible and the pitfalls are avoided. Law enforcement is skilled at obtaining incriminating statements, so you should have a skilled advocate on your side from the very beginning. You can be confident that you will be given the best advantage, and that your rights will be protected and fought for at every possible turn. You should choose an attorney who is knowledgeable of the law, is personable, experienced, talented and skilled as an advocate as well as a negotiator, and understands you and the facts of your case.