Investigated For A Crime You Didn’t Commit?
When it comes to facing life in prison, it can make all the difference between life in prison and 20 years in prison if you have reliable legal counsel. Having a criminal defense lawyer by your side can be of great benefit if you are facing criminal charges. They protect your rights. A criminal defense lawyer is able to negotiate a dismissal of charges and, if not, a reduction in your sentence through a plea bargain.
When is it appropriate to hire a criminal defense attorney?
while the investigation is ongoing, or should I wait until my first court date? It is very important to understand that investigation is the most important part of a criminal case and retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney early in the process can make a big difference in the outcome. Having an attorney on your side right after your arrest may give you an advantage in negotiating the dismissal of any formal charges before they are brought. In criminal cases, this can be vital, since an agreement is usually reached before charges are filed. The sooner you hire a lawyer, the better your chance of getting your charges dismissed or having a lesser sentence imposed. While your concern about whether to hire a criminal defense attorney now or wait until the case is filed is a valid concern, the real question you should be asking yourself is how much is it going to cost you if you don’t invest in yourself in your future by hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney early in the process. The cost of your lawyer’s services is a small price to pay for your freedom. A few thousand dollars could mean the difference between freedom and incarceration. Just to give you an idea, we recently had a situation where our client was investigated for having sex with someone without her consent. The accusation was false, and the accuser claimed that during the family party our client got her drunk, brought her over to his house, gave her more drinks, and when she passed out on a couch, he had sex without her consent. That was a classic case of rape of an unconscious person. And if convicted, our client was looking at a lengthy prison sentence, lifetime registration as a sex offender, losing his reputation with his family and friends, losing his job, and many more. However, our client understood the importance of retaining a criminal defense attorney early in the process. And what we did for our client was we sent our investigator to interview witnesses, obtain statements, text messages, video recordings, and to get her facts about the victim showing her motive to why. And we presented our side of the story to the detective assigned to the case. We showed to the detectives that there was more to the story than what was presented by the accuser.
The case was never filed. The district attorney chose not to prosecute our client. Now, what I want to tell you is every case is different and every situation is unique. I can’t guarantee you the outcome of your case, but I can guarantee you that we will turn every stone, we will do everything to give you a fighting chance. So let me ask you, is it better to be proactive or reactive in your case? While criminal lawyers can be expensive, it’s imperative to hire one as soon as you suspect you’re in legal trouble. If you hire a criminal defense attorney ahead of time, you will put yourself in a better position to succeed in your case. An aggressive defense attorney will do everything in their power to protect your rights. Using their extensive legal resources, knowledge, and skills, they will ensure that you walk away with a favorable outcome. I guess you know the answer. Pick up the phone and give us a call.
RP Defense has successfully defended many clients against criminal cases and can help you understand your rights and options. Schedule a consultation today to learn more. You can contact us to schedule your initial, free defamation consultation by calling (818) 646-3443 or filling out our contact form.