All too often people put of retaining the services of a criminal defense lawyer until they absolutely have to. In most cases, this decision is made based on a desire to save money and the hope that their legal problems will ultimately resolve themselves. Unfortunately, this decision often creates even more problems and can end up costing more money in the long run. This is because the earlier you retain the services of a criminal defense lawyer, the more likely this lawyer is to be able to resolve your legal problems quickly. Continue reading below to learn more about the three reasons why earlier truly is always better when it comes to hiring a criminal defense lawyer.
#1: A Criminal Defense Lawyer May Be Able To Prevent Your Arrest
Surely the ability to avoid a criminal trial altogether will be far more beneficial in many ways than being able to avoid paying some minor legal fees. Hiring a criminal defense lawyer as soon as you are contacted by law enforcement can help you to accomplish this task. This is because having a lawyer represent you during the investigative phase of a criminal case can help to prevent you from ever being arrested. While it is not always possible to avoid arrest, your lawyer will be able to greatly increase your chances of avoiding formal charges by advising you before any statements are made to law enforcement.
#2 A Criminal Defense Lawyer Will Be Able To Ensure Your Rights Are Protected
The law provides you with rights during every stage of a criminal case. This includes the investigative phase when law enforcement works to build a case against you. Unfortunately, many people are not fully aware of their rights and are therefore not able to determine whether or not the evidence against them was legally obtained. Retaining a criminal defense attorney early in the process will ensure that your rights are protected at all times. This attorney will also be able to quickly identify any violation of your rights and petition the court to have any resulting evidence excluded from being used against you.
#3: A Criminal Defense Lawyer Will Be Able To Help Secure Your Freedom
The fact is that you may ultimately be arrested and charged with a crime regardless of whether you hire a lawyer to represent you or not. However, if you are not represented at the time of your arrest, you will need to remain in police custody until after you appear in front of a judge and bail can be set. If you choose to hire a criminal defense lawyer early on, this lawyer will be able to help secure your freedom by arranging for you to surrender rather than being arrested in public or at your home. This surrender will be coordinated to take place after a bond has been arranged so that you do not need to spend any time in jail after your arrest has been processed.
To learn more, contact a firm like Giancola-Durkin, P.A.