Articles Tagged with retaining a lawyer

When a family member is arrested, there is often a period of concern and worry because the family member cannot be reached.  Sometimes the family member is deprived of the ability to use a telephone during their initial period of incarceration.  A lawyer has greater access to see persons incarcerated, because the 6th Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the right to be represented by counsel.  The following are some obstacles that a person has while initially incarcerated.

  1.  The family may have concerns about the general health and well being of the incarcerated family member.  This is especially true when the family member has a physical or mental health issue and needs to receive proper medication.  In many instances jails deny persons incarcerated proper medical care and proper medication.  The intervention of a lawyer sometimes can correct this situation.
  2. The family may have concerns that the incarcerated family member’s rights are not being protected.  Often after an arrest a police agency will attempt to obtain a statement from the person arrested concerning what allegedly occurred.  An individual who speaks to the police, especially without consulting with a lawyer, is at a great disadvantage.  Police officers are trained at gathering evidence, which includes obtaining statements that are or seem to be incriminating.  Police officers also sometimes try to obtain consent to perform searches of property.  Sometimes the consent given can undermine the case or defense.  Police are not supposed to question a Defendant that it knows is represented by a lawyer.

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.

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