I'M FACING FIRST-TIME CRIMINAL CHARGES, WHAT DO I DO?
For starters, when I get asked this question, I tell people to relax. While the charges against them are often serious, in many cases, I have been able to negotiate a favorable plea that considers the nature and circumstances of the offense, the personality of my client, and my client's future.
GET YOUR LIFE BACK ON TRACK.
That being said, facing criminal charges is never a simple process. Individuals facing these charges can often have their liberties, freedoms, and even their dignity stripped from them before their case is even resolved. The social stigmas involved with criminal charges can damage an individual's reputation, and can even affect their job status or other future employment plans. That's why it's important that you have an experienced attorney on your side to help you mitigate many of these damaging effects so that you can maximize your chances of getting your life back on track.
PREPARE FOR YOUR CASE AND PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS.
If you've been charged with a crime, the most important thing you can do is contact an attorney immediately so that your rights can be protected. Often times when law enforcement officer are handling criminal matters, they can try to get a statement or even a confession from you without an attorney present. While it's always important to cooperate with law enforcement officers, you do have rights while you are in their custody. That's why it can be critical to have an attorney working for you from the moment you've been charged with a criminal offense. That's why, when I'm working for my clients, I encourage them to call me whenever they have any questions or are unsure of how to proceed. From the moment you put me on your side, my job is to look out for you - and that exactly what I intend to do.
CONTACT AN ATTORNEY WHO PREFERS FIRST-TIME OFFENDERS.
Attorneys are educators by nature. Our jobs require that we teach judges and juries about the law, artfully inform prosecutors about the weaknesses in their case, and help our clients through a very difficult criminal justice system. When you leave my office after our initial meeting, my goal is that you understand the nature of the charges against you - including the severity, your next court date, and possible defenses.