When Do I Need a Lawyer?
When you are charged with a criminal offense, navigating the legal system can be a precarious situation.
If you’ve been appointed a Public Defender and don’t feel you’re receiving adequate representation or if you don’t qualify for an appointed attorney, you may feel pressure and uncertainty weighing on you.
All too often, such situations lead to undesirable results.
If you are in this situation, you should consult with a private defense attorney at Tyler Allen Law Firm.
You should always consult with an attorney in the following situations:
You are Charged with a Crime
The legal system is divided into criminal and civil violations.
A criminal violation occurs when you commit a crime defined by state or federal law.
If you are charged with a crime, you have three options: representing yourself, being represented by a public defender (if you qualify), or hiring a private criminal defense attorney to represent you.
Many are hesitant to hire a public defender because they feel their case will not receive adequate time and attention.
Tyler Allen Law Firm’s team of attorneys always provides individualized and dedicated legal representation for every client.
We understand the law, dedicate the time necessary to review and prepare your case, and we are accessible to you at every stage of the legal proceeding.
You are Arrested for a Crime
If you are arrested or charged with a crime, you should notify the officer that you would like to contact your attorney.
Once you notify the officer that you want your attorney, the officer must not ask you any more questions and you also have the right to remain silent.
If they keep questioning you, repeat that you will not speak until you have your attorney present.
Your attorney will be able to work with you to determine if anything needs to be said and inform you about what your rights are under the given situation.
Clarification About Your Legal Rights
When you first visit a lawyer, he or she will provide you with a legal consultation. During the consultation, the attorney will listen to your case, decipher what the legal issues are, and speak with you regarding any steps that need to be taken if you choose to hire them. Having a lawyer clarify your legal rights and provide you with advice is one of the most important stages of the legal process because it helps you prepare for what comes next.
You are Already at Certain Stages of the Process
No matter what stage you are at in your criminal case, you have the right to an attorney. If you decide your current attorney is not performing and you want a different attorney, then you have the right to ask for one. It is critical to have an attorney during police interrogation, initial appearance and preliminary hearing, negotiations with prosecutors and trial.
Reason to Believe You are Being Investigated
If you know or have a reason to believe you are being investigated for a crime, you need an attorney. Your defense attorney needs to understand the facts of what happened in order to determine what the next stages are for optimal protection. Moreover, by hiring a defense attorney as early as possible, you can ensure that you know what actions to take if you are arrested or are questioned by officers.
We offer Legal Representation in Other Practice Areas
If you are facing legal issues in areas of family law, employment law or a traffic case, then you should not hesitate to contact us for legal representation.
These areas of law are extremely specific and require an attorney with experience in that field.
Trying to resolve the issue on your own can lead to additional trouble or an unfavorable outcome.
You do not want to miss any court deadlines and lose certain rights related to your case.
An attorney who practices in these areas of law understands what actions need to be taken at every stage of the process.
Some circumstances are much less severe than facing a criminal charge, but you still need an attorney during the process.
For example, if you would like to leave a will for your family or simply want to get your estate in order, then you should also consider finding an attorney.
An estate planning attorney can help you if you have issues relating to a trust, financial power of attorney, living will or and a health care power of attorney.
The sooner you find a qualified estate planning attorney for your needs, the better off you and your family will be.
Tyler Allen Law Firm
Tyler Allen Law Firm provides superior criminal defense, employment, family law, traffic defense, and estate planning representation.
If you fall into any of the categories or if you simply feel like you need a consultation with an attorney regarding your specific circumstances, then fill out our contact form tor call us at 602-456-0545 today.
Our team can explain to your legal options and provide you with helpful advice during any stage of the process.