Why Do I Need To Hire An Attorney?
If you are being investigated for a crime or if you have been arrested and have charges pending, you have one of two options; put your head in the sand and hope that nothing will come of it, or hire a lawyer and come up with a plan of attack.
While both seem to be viable options only one will help you get the best result possible: hire a lawyer and come up with a plan of attack. Here are five reasons why.
- It costs the same or less if you hire an attorney immediately. Most criminal defense attorneys have a flat fee retainer. This means you will be aware of the cost that a criminal case will cost you. Ethically, the attorney can only keep the money that they earn. This means if you are not charged you get your money back minus nominal fees. If the charges are a simple misunderstanding, your attorney can work to get it cleared up before charges are filed, which can save you a lot of money.
- You can come up with a plan. It is not uncommon to wait a couple of weeks to a month for charges to be filed. Many times the delay is due to the wait on testing a piece of evidence. For example, if you have been arrested for a DWI, the State is waiting for a blood or urine test result before charging you. I do not want to be the bearer of bad news but in most cases, you will be charged. Everything is logged electrically. Reports do not go missing. If an Officer comes knocking on your door asking about an assault, robbery, criminal sexual conduct, it is just a matter of time before you are arrested. The officer is hoping you will talk to them and paint yourself into a corner. In the mean time you are wasting valuable time to attack the charges if you can hire an attorney.
- Do not ever talk to an investigator with or without an attorney. They do not have the ability to make plea offers and they are not trying to help you. It is not uncommon that someone will attempt to explain what their version of the events was and then talk themselves into additional charges. Also, if you chose to hire a lawyer, you can blame them for not allowing you to talk to the investigator. This makes the lawyer look like the bad guy and you look like you want to help out and profess your innocence.
- Warrants and bail. An attorney can set up a time for you to turn yourself in if a warrant is issued. This will help get a quick turnaround and get you out of jail immediately. Also, if you have hired an attorney this nearly limits any concerns that you will not appear in court or not be prepared to keep the case moving, lowering any bail costs. As an added bonus it is not uncommon that an attorney can waive hearing or combine hearings to keep you out of the courtroom and expedite the process.
- This is complicated stuff. If you think that you may need an attorney that is a strong sign that you do. Having a plan of attack will go a long ways to getting the result you deserve. The State has nearly endless resources at their fingertips and experts assisting them every step of the way. Even the playing field and let everyone know you are not someone that will be pushed around.