Have you been charged with a crime?
If you are convicted of a crime, you could face jail or prison time. Your criminal record may haunt you literally for the rest of your life. Fifteen or 20 years after the conviction, you may still be denied career opportunities and credit because of your “prior criminal record.” Protecting your record can mean literally hundreds of thousands of dollars to you over your lifetime. The best way to protect yourself and your future is to hire an experienced criminal law attorney if you have been charged with a crime.
Your smartest course of action is to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon the police start asking questions. Your attorney can help you in several important ways. If you hire an attorney before your arrest, he or she may be able to stop charges from being filed at all. Never talk to the police without first talking to a criminal defense attorney.
If you contact a criminal defense attorney after your arrest, he or she can reach out to the prosecuting attorney and attempt to have the charges dismissed. If this isn’t possible, he or she can negotiate on your behalf to have the charges reduced to a lesser charge or take your case to trial. Finally your attorney can help protect your future by working to have the case sealed or expunged in the future.
Choosing a Colorado Criminal Defense Attorney
When you contact an attorney you should have as much information available as possible. After an arrest, this includes the charges, court date, court location, and bail amount (if applicable).
In choosing the right criminal law firm and criminal defense lawyer, there are several things to keep in mind. You need to be sure you hire a lawyer who is willing and able to devote as much time as is needed to handle your case correctly.
Spend some time talking with the criminal defense attorney about your case. Ask him or her how it will be handled and what auxiliary services will likely be required (private detective, psychologist, etc.).
Remember, it’s your future that’s on the line. Don’t be penny smart and put your whole future in jeopardy because you went with the lowest cost option. Treat a criminal charge with the seriousness that it deserves. Hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who will work hard on your behalf from the first day you meet. A good defense is your best hope for safeguarding your future long after the arrest is nothing more than a distant memory.
If you need an expert criminal defense lawyer and reside in the Denver, Littleton, and Castle Rock area, call 303-688-0944 and request a no obligation consultation with the criminal defense lawyers at Robinson & Henry.