It is imperative that you have an experienced Central Valley criminal defense attorney representing you as soon as you have any contact from or with any aspect of the criminal justice system. The different agencies in the criminal justice system that can bring criminal charges against you have far more power than an individual such as yourself. If you find yourself entangled in any way with the criminal justice system, you need an aggressive defense attorney to “even the playing field” on your behalf.
When you are facing a criminal issue, you may have questions and concerned. Although it is best to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to get answers, you may simply need some generic overview. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions.
- Do I need an attorney even for minor offenses?
Yes. Even though a criminal offense may seem inconsequential and not have a potential jail or prison time, a conviction can nevertheless still negatively impact all aspects of your life.
- Why should I hire a Central Valley criminal defense law firm if I can have a free public defender working for me?
Most state public defenders are highly skilled defense attorneys. Others are fresh out of law school. Most importantly, every public defender in the state has an extremely large caseload and they are charged with defending a lot of clients at once. When you hire a Central Valley criminal defense attorney, you can be confident that you are being represented by a professional with the experience level and the adequate amount of time that will ensure complete, thorough and effective defense representation to ensure the best possible outcome in your case.
- A law enforcement agency has requested for me to give a sample to “exclude” me as a suspect. Should I?
No. You should never give anything to law enforcement officers without consulting a criminal defense attorney. Officers are never “on your side” or trying to help you in any way. However, if you were issued a search warrant, this is a court order that you must comply with or answer in some manner — but you should still discuss it with a defense attorney before you supply anything.
- Should I comply with law enforcement if they contacted me to “get my side of the story” in a criminal matter?
No. You should simply invoke your constitutional right to remain silent. It’s normal to human nature to want to comply and provide as much information as possible. However, the bottom line is that anything you say can ultimately be used against you. As such, it is best not to talk to anyone until you have consulted with a Central Valley criminal defense attorney.
Call an Experienced Central Valley Criminal Defense Attorney
If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime in the Central Valley and is seeking an expungement of your conviction record, it is in your best interest to immediately consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you learn your legal rights and options.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Central Valley criminal defense attorney Gurjit Srai, please call (209) 323-5558 or complete our online form.