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When do you need a criminal lawyer?

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If this question has cropped up in your mind, it’s a clear indication that you are in need of a criminal lawyer. And you don’t want to engage the services of just any lawyer; you need one who is seasoned and has vast expertise in criminal law. Even minor criminal charges can land a person in jail if the defense isn’t handled skillfully and that is something you don’t want.

A conviction can easily haunt you for a number of years, even after you have completed your sentence. At Daniel Cooper, we have criminal law experts that work with you to make sure you get the best possible outcome in your case. Here are some things you need to know.

Do you need a criminal defense lawyer?

  • If you are facing any criminal charges and have been arrested, regardless of the crime, it’s important that you act quickly. This will help you get the protection you need. It will also prevent you from getting caught up in the law enforcement and legal system and have to deal with a bad outcome. If you have been arrested, look for a good attorney with experience in handling criminal trials; the person should also have court experience.
  • Acting as your own attorney may work for some minor civil matter and in the small claims court. But if you have been slapped with a criminal charge, hire an experienced criminal lawyer without delay. These charges are of a more serious nature and you shouldn’t try to defend yourself in court without legal help.
  • Having a seasoned criminal lawyer by your side in court for your plea bargain, trail or arraignment is a requirement. Even if you haven’t been arrested yet, but there are investigations going on against you, it’s important that you hire a lawyer immediately.
  • Police always want to make an arrest and get a conviction for a crime. They also get a lot of rope from the law when it comes to extracting information in a case. If they suspect you have been involved in a crime, don’t believe them if they say they’re trying to protect you- contact a lawyer without any delay.

Some things to keep in view

The police may try different ways to prevent you from contacting a lawyer. Once you have legal representation, the police can’t get the information they need from you. Even if they tell you that you can’t get any deal if you ask for a lawyer, don’t give in. The fact is that an experienced criminal lawyer may be able to get the charges dropped or will get you a better deal.

The police may lie to you and say that they have some evidence or witnesses against you, when in truth they may have nothing concrete to work on.  It’s just a tactic they use to get you to confess. Do not fall for these tricks and don’t speak with them without a lawyer present. If you are aware there is an ongoing investigation and that charges may be filed, you shouldn’t defer hiring a lawyer. And if you have been arrested, you need a seasoned attorney immediately. We have years of experience in this field and have successfully handled a large number of criminal cases such as violent crimes, fraud, and domestic violence charges, with successful outcomes for our clients.