I recently saw an article that claimed that most people in the United States violate some federal law every day. That is a sad commentary on the insane number of laws that we have.
Fortunately, most people are never charged with a crime other than things like moving violations in their car or parking tickets.
If you are ever charged with a crime, the most important thing for you to remember is that you have the right to remain silent! This means that you do not have to incriminate yourself by answering questions that might tend to prove your guilt.
The second thing to remember is to not do something that will make things worse. When people encounter the police and become belligerent or lie to the police, things often become worse.
A Criminal Lawyer Can Help Your Case
If your crime is more serious than a typical moving violation or speeding ticket, you probably should hire or at least speak to a criminal attorney. Many people that are charged with crimes like a first time DUI or simple assault think that they can just go to court and handle it themselves. It is true, they can go and meet with the prosecutor on their own, but they will usually end up pleading guilty and then having that crime go on their record.
Your Criminal Record Matters
Oftentimes an attorney with experience in criminal court can get charges dropped or dismissed or can at least work to try to keep crimes off your permanent record. At the very least a criminal lawyer can lessen the fines or other consequences you might face.
Many lawyers that specialize in the area of criminal defense offer free consultations. If you are arrested, the police will tell you that you have a right to speak to an attorney. You should take advantage of that right and at least seek a free consultation to see if a lawyer can help you with your charges. While lawyers can be expensive, criminal charges are serious and often a lawyer is worth the expense. Many attorneys also willing to work with you by offering payment plans.