Being arrested and charged with a crime is confusing and can leave you wondering where to turn for help. It is not always easy to figure out what to do next when faced with a difficult situation, and the way you approach your defense will depend on the type of charges against you. However, the first step to take is to find a criminal defense attorney that has experience in cases like yours and can explain the process to you. It is also important to partner with a defense attorney that listens to your expectations and works with you on an individualized basis. When you and your attorney on the same page, reaching a satisfactory outcome is more likely.
To illustrate the point, take the example of a DUI case. It is typical for persons charged with DUI to lose their license, face the possibility of having an interlock installed in their car while on probation, and be made to pay high fines and costs. Other types of cases have different forms of punishment, but regardless of the type of charges against you, it is normal to expect these three things from your criminal defense attorney:
- Your attorney should be able to explain the possible consequences for the crime, and explain how any unique factors in your case might impact the likely punishment.
- Your attorney should fully explain the attorney fee arrangement and your options for payment of any fines and costs associated with your case, so you are clear about your financial obligations.
- Your attorney must also be able to convey to you the judicial process, and keep you advised of all hearing dates and times so you are certain to appear in Court when ordered to do so.
Feeling comfortable with your choice of criminal defense attorney is a must, because you are placing your future in his hands. If you are uneasy with the advice given, or feel hesitant to give your attorney the “full story”, your case will not be as successful as possible. Call our office for a personal meeting, and allow us to get to know you and your needs.
If you have questions about criminal defense, call our office for answers. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.