A common reaction when someone is being investigated by law enforcement, is charged with a crime, or receives a ticket is “what should I do”. The answer to all of these scenarios is to contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. The answer is the same if you did something wrong, or you didn’t do anything wrong. As to the timing as to when to contact the lawyer – the answer is immediately. A criminal lawyer will have the experience, the skills, and the expertise to help you through a difficult situation.
Finding a lawyer is easy through a number of different sources: the internet; through friends and family who might know a lawyer; advertisements; the State Bar association. Having the name of a lawyer is not enough. How do you know the lawyer is any good? Sometimes online reviews by other clients and other lawyers is a good indication. A lawyer’s website is likely to have biographical information that will tell you a great deal about the lawyer’s history and ability. The best way to find out is by taking the time to contact the lawyer and to ask pertinent questions.
Not every lawyer will be able to handle the case you have. Be careful of lawyers that advertise that they can handle every type of case (criminal law, social security, slip and fall, divorce, bankruptcy). Too often a lawyer that is a “jack of all trades” is truly a master of none.