When to Call a Criminal Defense Attorney

One of the rights you are guaranteed when you are arrested is the right to the advice and help of an attorney. However, there are other times when a criminal defense attorney can help you navigate the legal system. If you are under investigation for a crime, an attorney’s advice can make the difference between being arrested and remaining free. A good attorney’s presence can ensure evidence is gathered appropriately, you are not illegally questioned, and you are not harassed by police while they are trying to make a case. If you have been called to testify in court as a witness to a crime, a criminal defense attorney can help you prepare your statement, prepare for questioning, and avoid having criminal charges brought against you as an accessory. Finally, if you have been served with a search warrant of your home, business, or other personal property, it is important to seek the advice of a criminal defense attorney immediately. Even if you have done nothing wrong, your attorney can make sure that the warrant is properly carried out and that any evidence taken is handled according to standard procedures.

Types of Cases

Cohen|Harris can help prepare your defense against every type of criminal case. These include but are not limited to:

  • Arson
  • Assault
  • Carjacking
  • Bribery
  • Burglary
  • Child Abuse
  • Conspiracy
  • Kidnapping
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Possession and/or Distribution of Narcotics
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Robbery
  • Sex Offenses
  • Theft
  • Trespassing
  • Weapons Charges

You Have the Right to Remain Silent

Many people mistakenly believe that they can talk their way out of a criminal case by simply cooperating. What they do not realize is that defending against criminal charges is not a matter of talking as much as it is a matter of staying silent. One of the first rights you are reminded of when you are under arrest is the right to remain silent. That right extends to every question in every case. You must identify yourself, but beyond that, you have a legal right to refuse to answer any further questions until your attorney is present. The second right most people overlook is the fact that, “Everything you say can and will be used against you.” What you say without an attorney present will never be used for your defense. It is important to remember that police officers and detectives are never just asking questions; they are always investigating. Even a simple declaration, “I didn’t do it,” can place you at a crime scene depending on the words you use. Rather than attempting to talk your way out of charges, call us and remain silent until we arrive.

What to look for when selecting a criminal defense attorney

As tempting as it is to select the largest law firm or the first name in the phone book to represent you, it is important to understand what makes a great criminal defense attorney excellent

Experience

Years of experience are important, but the quality of experience an attorney has to offer is vital to building a case. Look for an attorney that has relationships beyond their four walls. Ask if they are familiar with other attorneys’ trial styles, judges’ preferences, and statewide law modifications. At Cohen|Harris, criminal defense is not something we occasionally do, we live and breathe it. We are not only familiar with every statute and law governing criminal action, we understand the nuances of the courtrooms where you will be tried.

Preparation

An attorney who is prepared beyond what they will present will help you achieve the best possible outcome. At Cohen|Harris, we seek out every detail of your criminal case, investigate the allegations, pick apart the evidence, and defend you with unmatched tenacity. Using every tool at our disposal, we are the best-prepared people in the room when it comes time for your trial.

Communication

Many criminal defense attorneys are happy to try your case but will not communicate throughout the process. You want an attorney who will work with you to build your case and communicate with you and your family members along the way. At Cohen|Harris, whether or not you are incarcerated or free, we will work with you to create a case founded in evidence and rooted in justice.