Do I Really Need A Defense Attorney?
Some people who are arrested consider the matter hopeless and therefore do not bother to get an attorney. Why spend that money, they reason, when there is no hope of mitigating the sentence or escaping the consequences? However, this defeatist attitude is often wrong. There are many things a defense attorney can do to help you manage the fallout from an arrest or conviction. At Oswalt Law Group, we work hard to ensure that you have everything you need for a robust defense of your case. No matter how hopeless the matter may seem, we will never stop fighting for you.
What Are My Rights When I Am Arrested?
Many people do not realize that they have many rights when they are arrested; in fact, many people believe they have very little control over the arrest process. Actually the opposite is true. There is no country in the world in which those who are arrested have more freedom and protection than in the United States. Our federal and state Constitutions have safeguards to prevent illegal or unwarranted intrusion into our lives and to protect our rights if we are arrested. Some of the rights you have when you are arrested are:
- The right to remain silent. You have the right not to answer questions or make any statements to police officers. You cannot be punished for refusing to give police information or to speak with them about your case.
- The right to defend yourself. You have the right to vigorously defend your case. You have the right to appear in court, confront your accusers, and mount a defense to the charges against you.
- The right to bail. While some crimes give a judge the right to deny bail, very few actually do. It is illegal in the United States to keep someone locked up until they have been shown to be guilty of a crime, and in this country that does not happen until a trial. Therefore, in most cases, you will be eligible for a bond.
- The right to an attorney. One of your most important rights is that of being represented by an attorney. A criminal defense attorney will fight for your freedom, your rights and to ensure that you are treated fairly by the court system.
Oswalt Law Group is ready to help you exercise your rights and defend yourself against criminal charges.