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When and Why You Should Contact an Attorney After Being Arrested

AttorneyThere are few things more unnerving than being forced into handcuffs, placed in a police car, and tossed in a jail cell. Whether or not you believe you did anything wrong, the moment you are offered a phone call, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Making immediate contact is essential for a few reasons. Not only can your attorney give you sound legal advice, but you’ll be able to preserve evidence, negotiate bail, and experience less anxiety about the process.

Here, we’ll discuss these benefits in detail:

Creating a Better Outcome

In many cases, your attorney can negotiate a better outcome before your case ever reaches the courtroom. Indeed, prosecutors are often willing to negotiate a reduction or even dismissal of charges based on provided evidence and legal reasoning – saving everyone a great deal of time, money, and effort.

Speaking to Police

In addition to speaking with the prosecutor, your criminal defense attorney can speak to law enforcement on your behalf. Because officers will often attempt to pull information or a confession from you before your case reaches the courtroom, a lawyer can protect you from unknowingly adding fuel to the fire.

Police officers may seem casual. They may even claim to be on your side. But they will use anything and everything you say against you in court. Having an attorney when dealing with the police is not just recommended – it’s required for a positive outcome.

Preserving Evidence for Trial

When you contact an attorney immediately, you hold the key to evidence preservation and trial preparation. Your memory will be fresh, allowing you to share detailed information with your defense lawyer about the crime in question, your arrest, and how you’ve been treated since you arrived in jail.

This can make an unimaginable difference in your case, especially if police officers have conducted themselves in an improper or unprofessional manner. Your attorney will also recognize key information that you may not have deemed important. 

Legal Assistance

Big words and frustrating jargon are seemingly endless in the legal process. Without an attorney present, you’ll have difficulty understanding the charges set against you, the ways in which you can fight back, and the rights you keep while in custody.

Your attorney will explain the charges, represent your best interests in the courtroom, and ensure your questions are answered at all times. If you want to be knowledgeable about your situation, you need a lawyer to keep you fairly and accurately informed. 

Less Anxiety

The simple knowledge that you have an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side may help you sleep at night. Being arrested and charged with a crime can be scary, even when you haven’t done anything wrong. Having someone on your side, prepared to fight on your behalf, and available to answer your questions makes all the difference in the world.

Contact an Experienced Attorney for Assistance

At Elden Law Group, we represent our clients, no matter what. If you have questions that need to be answered, rights that need to be protected, and sentencing that needs to be negotiated, we’ll be there. Contact our experienced team at (800)-455-6200 to schedule a free consultation.

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