FAQs about Criminal Law
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Dec 21, 2016 in Criminal Law
The Phillips Law Group criminal defense attorneys provide experienced representation for those facing criminal charges. It is important to remember that even if you have been arrested and charged for a crime, that does not mean a guilty conviction.
Dealing with a criminal charge is a stressful time that can leave people uncertain about their future. Individuals with questions about criminal law and the legal process can find answers to many common questions below.
Do I have to hire a criminal defense lawyer?
While you are not required to have a criminal defense lawyer to represent you, it is strongly recommended that you do so. An experienced criminal defense lawyer has an in-depth understanding of the law and has a strong record of successful cases and trial wins. If you have been charged with a crime, you will need a proven attorney dedicated to preserving your rights and freedom.
What do I do after getting arrested?
After being arrested, we recommend that you exercise your right to remain silent. Everything you say and do will be recorded by the arresting law enforcement officer and you may incriminate yourself. As soon as you are able, contact a criminal defense attorney and then explain your situation to them.
I’ve been arrested – what are my rights?
Every U.S. citizen has inalienable rights guaranteed by the Constitution designed to protect you after being arrested. The arresting police officer is required to read you your Miranda rights when you are taken into custody and should inform that you have a right to an attorney, the right to stay silent, and the right to a fair and speedy trial. If these rights have been violated, then it is important that you inform an attorney.
If I hire an attorney, can he or she get me out of trouble?
An attorney should never offer any guarantees for the outcome of your case.There are many factors involved in the criminal trial process that will determine the outcome of your case.
An experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to assess the evidence in your case to determine the best course of action when dealing with the state prosecutors and the possibility of a criminal trial.
Will I go to jail?
The question of a jail or prison sentence depends on several factors, including on the crime you are being accused of and any prior convictions on your record. An attorney will be able to fully explain the situation that you are in once they have reviewed all of the evidence in your case.
Being charged with a crime is not a conviction and the burden of proof lies upon the state to prove your guilt. If you have been charged with a crime, it is imperative that you act in your best interest and hire an attorney. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at Phillips Law Group will provide you with a professional and dedicated team to defend your rights and prove your innocence.