Getting charged with a crime is a frightening thing. Those facing these charges are likely wondering just how severe the penalties could be. Is there enough evidence to lead to a conviction? If so, will the conviction come with a large fee? Will the conviction lead to a sentence that results in jail time? Will the charge impact employment? Should I get a lawyer?
Finding the answers to these questions depends on the details of the charges. However, there are some common issues that generally require legal counsel.
When is it best to get a lawyer?
Two times it is generally best to seek legal counsel include:
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI). Those charged with DWI are often wise to get a lawyer. This is especially true if there was a minor in the vehicle, if there was an accident, if you have previous DWI offenses or if your blood alcohol content was allegedly over 0.12.
- Drugs. In many cases, instances involving drug charges also warrant use of an attorney. The severity of the charge will often hinge on the type and amount of drug at issue. If there is more than a very small amount, it is generally wise to seek legal counsel to better ensure that your rights are protected. It is also important to note that drug charges often result in plea deals. It is wise to seek legal counsel to help ensure that the offered deal is not too severe. This legal specialist can review the offer and may be able to negotiate a better deal.
If you determine that legal counsel is needed it is important to be aware of the fact that the legal world has a lot in common with the medical world. There are many specialty niches within the law. Just like you would not go to a brain surgeon for heart surgery, it is important to go to the right lawyer for your legal issue. In matters involving criminal charges, it is best to seek the counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney.