At the Law Office of John Vernon Moore, P.A., we know that most people may not know how to react after they have been charged with a crime. Maybe you feel angry, scared, embarrassed, or just plain paralyzed. The only thing you know for sure is that you do not want this to be happening and you need to retain an attorney immediately.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to just wish yourself out of criminal charges – even if you are innocent. Law enforcement officials in the Denver area zealously pursue criminal prosecutions, and they often attempt to punish those accused to the fullest extent of the law. As a result, maximizing your odds of successfully defending yourself is key.
The best way to do this is to call experienced Denver criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible so they can advocate for your rights, minimize damage, and start working on a plan for your defense. That is exactly what Jacob E. Martinez has been doing for clients since he began practicing law.
After you come in and tell him about your situation at the free initial consultation, his primary focus will be to find a way to get the case dismissed and have the charges against you dropped. This strategy has been incredibly effective for him throughout his career, and many clients have benefitted greatly. Even when dismissal is not possible, Mr. Martinez is often able to have charges and sentences reduced.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET A MELBOURNE CRIMINAL ATTORNEY QUICKLY
Hiring a lawyer may not be the first thing on your mind when the police are pulling you over or banging at your door, but it is in your best interest to pick a representative as soon as possible. Why do you need an attorney as early in the process as possible? There are a number of reasons.
Protect your rights. When police officers and other law enforcement officials take someone through the arrest process in Colorado, most of them do their best to follow the letter of the law. But even if you are dealing with the most scrupulous officer, mistakes can sometimes be made, and they can go beyond the limits of what they are legally allowed to do. With a criminal lawyer by your side, you help ensure that your rights will not be violated – and that someone will be there to record it if they are.
Speak for you. If you have ever watched a TV show or movie with cops in it before, you probably know that you have the right to remain silent. Unfortunately, knowing this and acting on it when a police officer is pressuring you to respond are two different things. Besides, there are certain things that you are required to respond to and others that you can ignore. Do you know the specifics of these laws? Because a good criminal defense lawyer does, and they will be able to tell you when to answer and when it is better if they speak for you.
Build a case. Usually by the time police arrest you, they have already been building a case. Where major crimes are concerned, sometimes the prosecutor has been putting together a case against you already, too. To give yourself the best possible chance at receiving a positive outcome, you need to start working with a lawyer immediately so they can dive in and start creating a defense based on their knowledge of the situation and what evidence the prosecution has against you.
Gather evidence – before it disappears. Speaking of evidence, hiring a lawyer gives you a better chance of gathering all of the important evidence quickly, because there are some types of evidence that needs to be recorded in a timely manner or it may not be available to help you.
Prevent mistakes. Generally speaking, the first 24 hours after arrest are the most important ones in a criminal case. During this timeframe, the police often have suspects alone and may be able to convince you into saying something that you should not. Moreover, this is the period during which much of the evidence is likely to be collected, and if you do not have an advocate paying close attention, mistakes can occur that may harm your case, including helpful evidence being lost.