I'm facing criminal charges. Should I get an attorney?
Yes, you should get an attorney. Without the assistance of a criminal defense attorney, you will be at a grave disadvantage. Without the assistance of a skilled criminal defense attorney, you will not know what defenses might be available to you or how to properly present them in court. Without the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney, you will not know if you are being treated fairly. Even if you think there is nothing an attorney can do for you, you should still get a criminal defense attorney
I'm under investigation. Should I get an attorney?
Yes, you should get an attorney. If you are under investigation, investigators are probably trying to contact you. They're probably contacting the people around you. It is important that you get an attorney at this stage so he/she can advise you of your rights and how to conduct yourself. It is important that your attorney help you gather information that your attorney can then use in order to prevent formal criminal charges from being filed. The sooner you get an attorney, the better chance you have of protecting yourself against criminal charges.
I was arrested for a DUI. What should I do next?
If you were arrested for a DUI, law enforcement probably took your physical license from you and gave you a temporary license. The temporary license is usually a pink sheet of paper that contains a lot of information. The temporary license tells you that it is only effective for 30 days following your arrest. After that 30 days is up, your license will be suspended. However, you can challenge the DMV's action against your license.
If you contact the DMV within 10 days of your arrest and request a hearing, the DMV will send you another temporary license that will last indefinitely, pending the outcome of the DMV hearing. At Fisher Law Office, we will make that request for you at no expense to you regardless of whether you retain us or not.
If you are arrested for a DUI, you should immediately contact an attorney so that your driving privilege can be preserved.
How do I fight DUI charges?
DUI's are highly technical violations of the law. It is important to retain an attorney who has a lot of experience handling DUI cases. Your attorney should know whether the traffic stop was legal or not. Your attorney should know the proper procedures for field sobriety tests, breath test and blood tests. Your attorney should know how breath tests are supposed to be administered and how the breath machines are supposed to be maintained. Your attorney should know the proper procedure for obtaining, maintaining and testing blood samples. Your attorney should know the advisements you must be given before submitting to chemical tests. The list goes on. If you are charged with a DUI, it is important to get a criminal defense attorney who is experienced and skilled in fighting DUI charges.
What is an arraignment?
An arraignment is the first court date in a criminal court case. At the arraignment, the judge will officially state the charges against the defendant and the defendant will have the opportunity to enter a plea of Not Guilty, No Contest, or Guilty. Issues like bail and protective orders are commonly addressed at the arraignment.
At the arraignment, the district attorney and the defense attorney will usually have private discussions about the case. Sometimes, cases can be resolved at the arraignment, but, more often than not, additional court dates are required before a case can be resolved. It is common for the defense to require additional evidence or information that is not available at the arraignment before a case can resolved. It is common for the defense to need more time to review the prosecution's evidence and to do their own investigation before a case can be resolved.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
It depends on several factors. Some case may be resolved fairly quickly, but others, due to their complex nature, take longer to resolve. Some cases require certain items of evidence that take longer to obtain or investigation that takes longer to complete. Additionally, negotiations with the district attorney may take some time.
At Fisher Law Office, we are always mindful of the fact that our clients would like to put these matters behind them as soon as possible. Therefore, we always try to move things to a resolution as quickly as possible. However, our number one priority is obtaining the best possible result for our clients. The results of a criminal case could have long-term impacts on a person's life. For that reason, we will always handle our cases in the most thorough, careful manner, even if that means it takes a little more time to get to a resolution.
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