If you have been convicted of a crime, you can explore other remedies with help from a post-conviction attorney. First, the conviction must be final. It is final when the deadline for filing appeals has passed, or your appeals have been denied. While this can seem like a hopeless time, your attorney can determine if…
When Do I Need to Hire a Defense Lawyer?
A defense lawyer can help you deal with any criminal charges in Missouri. However, you may not be sure when you should contact an attorney. The answer depends on your specific situation. In this blog post, we will go over some common instances where you may benefit from hiring a defense lawyer.
When to hire a defense lawyer
Though people can benefit from hiring an attorney any time they need someone to advocate for their rights, four particular situations stand out. Those experiencing one of these situations should immediately contact a defense lawyer, who will develop a strategy and provide much-needed advice.
During an investigation
An investigation normally occurs before charges are filed. Those who are under investigation should hire an attorney immediately. The attorney should be present during questioning and if law enforcement executes a warrant. They can ensure that law enforcement does not infringe on the client’s rights, and they may also be able to sway law enforcement to drop or reduce the charges after presenting evidence.
It is essential to keep in mind that law enforcement may not announce an investigation. If law enforcement is questioning a person, that person should assume an investigation is taking place. At this time, they should hire an attorney immediately. This is true regardless of whether the authorities have read them their Miranda rights.
After an arrest
Sometimes, people do not realize an investigation has taken place until the arrest. Those who do not have an attorney should hire one once arrested. The police are building a case, and the defendant needs an attorney to gather evidence. An attorney can also speak on behalf of the defendant, ensuring that the arrested party does not make statements that could hurt the case.
Before accepting a plea deal
Sometimes, prosecutors offer plea deals before going to trial. Prosecutors can offer plea deals, even when the defendant does not have an attorney. However, defendants are less likely to get a prime deal without the help of an attorney. People should hire a defense lawyer to look over the deal before agreeing to it.
After a conviction
Some people lose all hope after a conviction. The convicted parties think they must serve the time or pay the fine. However, people can still hire a defense lawyer after a conviction. The lawyer can review the evidence and see if an appeal is possible. Hiring an attorney is especially important because of the legal hurdles in place. Otherwise, the court is highly unlikely to grant an appeal.
Do not hesitate to hire an attorney
If you meet the criteria, do not wait to hire an attorney. The longer you wait, the harder it is for an attorney to defend you. With an attorney by your side, you will have an advocate in your fight against the charges. Then, you will know that your rights are protected.
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