Being accused of a crime is an overwhelming and frightening experience. It doesn’t matter if the charge is murder, drug possession, or tax evasion; you are in over your head. You need another person to help you through this difficult time. A representative’s job is to gather the appropriate evidence, interview witnesses, investigate other possible suspects, analyze police reports and other documentation, formulate arguments for pretrial hearings, research case law that affects your case, prepare opening statements and closing arguments for trial proceedings, collect information about how state laws apply to your specific situation (if you are pleading guilty), negotiate with prosecutors to get the best possible plea deal for you (if applicable), accompany you during questioning by authorities (as required by law), guide you through the intricacies of the justice system, and serve as a liaison between you and your loved ones.
Here are 5 things that most people mistakenly believe they can handle without a lawyer: William D King
In the event that you have been sentenced to probation, it is critical that you abide by all terms of your sentence. If you violate the terms of probation, expect to find yourself in court facing additional criminal charges. In some circumstances, violation of these terms may even result in jail or prison time. When defending clients on new charges related to probation violations, we analyze how the original sentence was executed and determine whether any malfeasance occurred during this process. We litigate (argue) for reduced or alternative sentencing and work hard to keep our clients out of jail.
Personal Injury Claims
Some people think that because they have been involved in a car accident, they are entitled to compensation for damages. This is simply not true. You can only file a claim after you have exhausted your own insurance coverage, which is typically much less than the total amount of damage suffered. Plus, when you sue someone else in civil court, it is almost guaranteed that their insurance company will hire an attorney to defend their client against your claims. Our firm works with leading personal injury lawyers in the area who handle all aspects of personal injury cases from start to finish so that victims don’t have to worry about anything except recovering from their injuries. We know what needs to be done and how best to accomplish it.
Criminal Cases without a Warrant
Almost all criminal cases begin with an arrest and the filing of formal charges by law enforcement officers or prosecutors. A warrant is issued that authorizes the police to detain and interrogate a suspect after he has been read his Miranda rights. Arrests usually occur at the suspect’s home, place of work, or school. If you are not under arrest, it is best to politely refuse to answer any questions until your lawyer is present. Once you have been charged with a crime, no matter how minor, it is critical that you speak with an attorney about your case as soon as possible — even if only to find out what options may be available for resolving your case prior to trial. Criminal convictions lead to incarceration, fines, probation, and the permanent damage of a criminal record. This is obviously something you want to avoid if at all possible.
Traveling with Firearms
Unauthorized possession of a firearm is a federal crime that can result in stiff penalties including lengthy prison sentences-even for small firearms violations. More importantly, many other countries have strict laws prohibiting unauthorized firearm possession which can result in severe penalties upon entry into another country-no matter how innocent your intentions may be. When you travel abroad with firearms, even on hunting trips or while exercising your right to bear arms under the second amendment of the Constitution, make sure you are familiar with foreign gun laws before you leave home. Representation by an experienced attorney who specializes in international client defense is essential in protecting your rights and freedom.
Most people mistakenly believe they will lose their right to vote if they are convicted of a felony offense. This is not true in Texas where most offenses are classified as misdemeanors rather than felonies. If you have been arrested or charged with a criminal offense, it is important that you learn about which charges will affect your voting rights before you appear for court proceedings so that the judge can advise you accordingly. Contact our firm today if want to know more about how an attorney who specializes in criminal defense law can help restore your lost civil liberties and ensure that no mistakes were made on your arrest records or during the investigation process.
Conclusion by William D King:
Hiring an attorney who specializes in criminal defense law is always better than trying to represent you. Not only will the attorney act as your counselor, guide, and adviser; he or she can also help you get excellent results in your case if it ends up going to trial. You should call today for a free consultation so that we can go over the facts of your arrest records and advise you on how best to proceed with your case.