Far too many criminal defendants fail to take misdemeanor charges seriously. Still others don’t believe they need an attorney when facing a criminal case. Both of these situations put defendants in peril when they should opt for a competent and effective misdemeanor defense attorney.
Without a qualified misdemeanor defense attorney to advise them, the average criminal defendant is likely to make a number of important mistakes, any one of which can sink any attempt at a defense long before their lawyer arrives. If you are facing a misdemeanor charge, even if you don’t think it’s important, here are some things you should consider.
Under absolutely no circumstances should you talk to the police without a misdemeanor defense attorney present. In fact, you shouldn’t talk to the police even if you have your lawyer, as they will be happy to answer questions on your behalf.
There is nothing you can say in a police interrogation that can help you. Even if you provide the police with airtight exculpatory evidence, your statements may never be entered into evidence because they could be considered hearsay. Your misdemeanor defense attorney knows this, which is why if you ask them they will tell you to remain silent.
Do Not Consent to a Search
If the police ask your permission to perform a search of any kind, refuse. Even if they have probable cause, they still need to convince a judge and support their warrant application with a sworn declaration. All of these can be challenged in court. The moment you consent, you have waived your right to privacy and given away all your legal rights to challenge any evidence gathered.
Protect Your Case
This is likely the most important priority for any criminal defendant, but without a misdemeanor defense attorney to advise, many simply do not allow the court or law enforcement to give them the benefit of the doubt. A criminal case can be stressful, to be sure, but it never helps your situation if you interrupt, raise your voice or become combative with others.
There is also no rush. Criminal cases, like all legal actions, proceed at their pace, and rarely will a defendant’s rush to resolve the situation have much long-term effect on the outcome of the case. It is much better, much less stressful and more effective to work within the system to find a way to bring the situation to a favorable conclusion than it is to fight the basic procedures of the law enforcement agency or court involved.
With or without our misdemeanor defense attorney, it is vitally important that any defendant keep good records. Losing paperwork, filings, information provided by the prosecution or any other official documents before or during proceedings in court is one of the fastest ways to leave yourself completely defenseless. Take the time you have and prepare a competent record system so you can be certain the information you need to mount a competent defense isn’t lost or unavailable when you need it most.
The reason it is so important to have legal counsel is that your lawyer already knows how to do all these things, and they will be able to advise you on how to incorporate this vital information into your defense.
Contact Our Misdemeanor Defense Attorney
Any criminal charge is a serious matter. Take your defense seriously, hire a qualified attorney and make certain you mount the best defense possible. Only then will you have protected your legal rights and prevented yourself from being treated unfairly. Contact our misdemeanor defense attorney today for a free initial consultation.