- This is your first criminal charge
3 Signs You Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer
First things first: If you think you need an attorney, you probably do. Remember that a criminal conviction will stick with you forever – and in the future, it could cost you job and housing opportunities. If you’re still not sure, check out these three signs.
#1: You Know That Google Can’t Answer Everything
A lot of people think they can find everything they need to know about the law, penalties and what to expect in court on the internet. While you can find a lot of great info by Googling the crime you’re accused of committing, it’s not a substitute for an experienced lawyer’s advice. If you don’t have any legal experience, you probably want to call an attorney as soon as possible.
#2: You’re Emotional About Your Charges
Nobody makes the best possible decisions – or even acts completely rationally – when they’re under emotional stress… and most criminal charges come with a certain amount of stress. You’re uncertain about what will happen in court, how the judge will rule, and ultimately, what your punishment will be if you’re convicted. That means it’s probably in your best interest to work with a lawyer who can apply logic, knowledge and experience to your defense.
#3: This Is Your First Criminal Charge
Sometimes judges are inclined to “go hard” on first offenders in a well-meaning attempt to prevent future criminal behavior. However, the judge doesn’t know you or the situation you’re in, and throwing the book at you may not be the right way to go about it. That’s where your attorney comes in; he or she can argue that you don’t intend to start a life of crime and that instead, you simply made a mistake.
Do You Need to Talk to a Milwaukee Criminal Defense Lawyer?
Call us at 414-383-6700 today to talk to an experienced lawyer. We may be able to help you.