How a Lawyer Can Help You When You’re Charged with a Crime

By Kathryn Simmons,

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Being charged with a crime can affect your life mentally, emotionally and physically. Many first time offenders often describe the feeling as humiliating and intimidating. No matter the circumstances of your charges, you deserve to talk to a lawyer. Get solid advice and seek aggressive defense. The first meeting is without charge.

If you have been charged with a crime, felony or misdemeanor, call 248-408-7679. I offer free initial consultations and affordable flat-rate fees

Facing misdemeanor and felony charges can take a heavy emotional and mental toll upon an accused offender – especially first time offenders. Drunken driving is the most common crime committed throughout the United States; however, an arrest on OWI charges is socially unacceptable, and a conviction can be absolutely devastating – financially, psychologically and emotionally.

After being charged with a crime, speaking with a lawyer can often bring a sense of relief: You realize you are not going it alone. You realize there is the possibility of help after being accused. Shame, embarrassment and fear can be debilitating and leave you reluctant to talk about your ordeal. However, defense attorneys deal with criminal law for a living, and they know that not every arrest that occurs is warranted. And they also know that not all evidence will hold up to questioning before the courts.

Remember:

  • Being charged with a crime is not a guilty verdict. It is a supposition of law enforcement officials that you have committed a misdemeanor or felony offense. You are entitled to face your accusers in court with a legal counselor at your side to contest the allegations they are making against you.
  • Law enforcement officials are required to act within the law whenever they are pursuing a suspected criminal. They must have probable cause to initiate pullovers and investigations, and every bit of evidence that they collect must be obtained through legal means.
  • Evidence obtained through illegal search and seizure operations can be rendered inadmissible before the courts. So if you were apprehended without probable cause, and police conducted an illegal search of your person and discovered evidence to support an arrest, you may still be able to have your case dismissed. Why? A law enforcement officer’s lack of adherence to legal protocols may result in a violation of your constitutional rights.
  • If you have been charged with a crime, you are innocent until proven guilty, and you are entitled to a solid and aggressive legal defense.

Experienced defense attorneys understand the difficulties that their clients are facing; they know what’s at stake if their clients are found guilty. Speaking with a lawyer after being arrested or questioned by police can help put your mind at ease and allow you to focus on fighting for your rights and your freedom. An attorney can also help you see that there may be light at the end of the tunnel and provide you with a bit of hope for your future.

Standing before the courts is intimidating, especially when so many aspects of your life can be affected by a conviction on a misdemeanor or felony offense. Jail time, a prison term, hefty fines, probation, parole, community service and restitution costs can be overwhelming to consider, but you may be able to avoid such consequences.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact a defense attorney and discuss the details of your case. You may find that you have more options for a defense than you had imagined.

If you have been charged with a crime, felony or misdemeanor, call 248-408-7679. I offer free initial consultations and affordable flat-rate fees

Kathryn L. Simmons is a defense attorney in Lake Orion, Orion Township, Rochester Hills, Oxford, Clarkston, Auburn Hills, Waterford, Pontiac, Bloomfield Hills, Troy, Macomb County and the Oakland County Circuit Court.

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