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Your criminal defense attorney will protect your interests

When you commit a crime, the first thing you should do is remember that you have a right to an attorney. Whether you committed a crime intentionally or not, what happens next is largely up to the authorities. Some prosecuting attorneys might seek relatively simple charges. Others, however, are more aggressive and will push for the harshest possible charges and penalties.

Facing a DWI: Here's what to think about with a breath test

If you want the best chance of defending your DWI case, you need to know if taking your breath test or avoiding it is the right choice. In the majority of cases, taking the test is the best option, since failing to do so results in an immediate one-year loss of your license.

Facing charges? Here's why a defense attorney is important

As someone who is in trouble with the law, the last thing you should do is try to represent yourself. Even if you are familiar with working in law or are an attorney yourself, the importance of working with separate council shouldn't be understated.

What do you wear to court?

Appearances matter in court. As someone who is facing criminal charges, this needs to be made clear to you. If you walk into court in an orange jumpsuit and in chains, there's going to be an automatic bias in the jury or by others. That's not fair, but it's the way that society works.

A good defense relies on honesty and trust

There are many concerns people have about working with criminal defense attorneys. Some believe that an attorney might not believe them and not take the case as seriously as they would for someone who they feel is innocent. Others believe that they'll end up being turned over to the police if they tell the attorney they're guilty or explain their situation fully.

Here's what to know about the criminal charge process

When a crime is committed and you're arrested, your opportunity to defend yourself starts immediately. It's important that you don't say or do anything that can result in a conviction. That means not talking about what you were doing, trying to explain yourself or admitting to a crime in hopes that it will help your case.

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