“Only fools rush in.”
“Patience is a virtue.”
There is no shortage of phrases that promote the importance of being patient and letting things develop before making a rash reaction. While this is good advice on most aspects of life, being patient is the worst thing you can do if you have been accused of committing a crime, have reason to believe you are under investigation, or have been arrested.
Having an experienced criminal defense attorney looking out for your interests, answering your questions and building a strong defense can help you at all stages of a criminal case, including:
- The investigation: Have you been questioned by the police or asked to come in and clear some things up? Not without an attorney. You have no way of knowing how far along they are in their investigation and whether you are viewed as their target. Early intervention by your attorney can get the ball rolling on a favorable plea deal or possibly result in charges never being filed in the first place.
- After an arrest: No, being patient and waiting for the truth to set you free is not the answer. Waiting for the truth to set you free can result in you spending days, weeks, months or even years behind bars. When your freedom, reputation and future are on the line, you cannot afford to rely on the common sense of others to make things right; you need an attorney fighting for your rights every step of the way.
- At trial:
You don’t know what you don’t know about criminal procedure, evidentiary rules and other crucial elements of a successful defense. A knowledgeable attorney can build the strongest possible defense and make the burden of proof a burden in every sense of the word for prosecutors.
The Bottom Line On Early Representation
You cannot talk your way out of criminal charges. Having a proven defense attorney is a must no matter what criminal charges you face.