Criminal Defense FAQ
Insight from Atlanta’s Most Trusted Criminal Defense Lawyers
Having represented countless clients facing criminal allegations throughout the years, we know that while many clients are unique, many of them are unfamiliar with their rights, the criminal court process, and how legal representation can help them protect their future. We are a firm that strives to educate our clients and guide them through their legal journeys step by step. We are considered experts in the area of criminal law and know that being well-informed is important to your peace of mind.
Our Atlanta criminal defense lawyers have taken the time to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from clients. If you have further queries, call (888) 838-4858 today!
Should I talk to the police?
No. You have a Constitutional right to remain silent and a Constitutional right to a lawyer. If you are under investigation or being questioned by the police, you should always insist on consulting with a lawyer. Police officers are allowed to lie to you and trick you into making statements that can be used against you. Police officers will often “summarize” your statement, only writing down the parts that make you look bad. While the police will say they are only interested in “your side of the story” they are really just interested making an arrest. Why would you ever consider talking to a person who is not interested in the truth?
What should I do after I've been arrested?
Being arrested can be an experience fraught with chaos, fear, and uncertainty. Although this time can be one of tremendous difficulty, what you do after an arrest can have a significant impact on the eventual outcome of your case. One of the most important things you can do after you've been arrested is to keep quiet. As stated above, you have the legal right to not answer any questions asked by law enforcement officers. In fact, we recommend that you say nothing, as saying the wrong thing can be used against you during your case. Remember, just because you were arrested does not mean that you are guilty of the offense. You will have the opportunity to state your side of the story during your case, and with the assistance of an attorney.
Will my case go to trial?
The simple answer to this question is that it depends. The unique circumstances surrounding your arrest and allegations will always influence the path of your case. No case is the same, and no answer can be provided to this question without first investigating all aspects of your situation. This being said, it is important to remember that not all, and in fact, a majority of cases do not go to trial. Dismissals, plea negotiations, and alternative diversion programs may make a trial unnecessary. If and when a trial is in your best interests and does prove to be a viable option in your case, you can be confident knowing that our Atlanta criminal defense attorneys are seasoned trial lawyers who have handled thousands of criminal cases. Your right to trial by jury can be a powerful tool in the hands of experienced litigators, but whether or not you should exercise this right will be a decision you make once your case is thoroughly investigated and prepared for trial.
Will I go to Jail?
Again, the prospect of imprisonment is a matter that depends heavily on the unique facts of your case, including the type and severity of the allegations you face and your prior criminal history. Our legal team knows that your freedom means everything, and our efforts are always centered on keeping you from being behind bars. In certain cases, this can be accomplished by seeking dismissals or not guilty verdicts. In others, reduced charges and sentencing options, as well as alternative resolutions may prove the best available options for keeping you out of jail. Alternative resolutions may include diversionary programs or other alternative sentencing options such as drug/alcohol treatment or community service.
Can I really fight a DUI charge?
Absolutely. Just because you were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) does not mean that you are guilty. In fact, there are numerous ways in which DUI allegations can be defended against. Violations of procedures, unlawful searches and seizures, inaccurate chemical tests, and other circumstances can be enough to win your case. Using these circumstances to your advantage requires experienced legal eyes, meticulous investigations, and diligent preparation. In order to successfully fight your DUI charges you will need a proven Atlanta DUI attorney on your side. Our legal team is prepared to defend you in both criminal court proceedings and Department of Driver Services hearings.
Do I need an attorney?
Yes. Not only do you need an attorney, but you need one who has experience handling criminal cases. Having a highly experienced attorney by your side can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. You must consider the fact that your freedom, future, and reputation are at stake. A criminal conviction can subject you to life-altering penalties and collateral consequences that can compromise your personal and financial well-being for years to come. Don’t risk your freedom by trying to represent yourself and don’t hire a lawyer without significant criminal experience and a proven track record.
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By providing these questions and answers, we hope to provide you with some basic information. However, since everyone’s case is different, we strongly encourage you to find answers that specifically relate to your situation by requesting a free case evaluation with a member of our legal team.
Allow our attorneys to analyze your case, inform you about your rights, and discuss the ways in which we can help. Do not wait until it is too late. Contact Ross & Pines today.