Were you recently arrested?
Are you worried about what the future holds?
If so, you are not alone. Many people are in the same situation as you. However, it is the steps you take next that will help dictate what the future holds.
One of the most important questions to answer is this: when should I consult an attorney? On the surface, this may not be something you want to do. After all, you know that hiring an attorney is going to cost some money. That being said, moving forward without the appropriate legal counsel will likely make your situation more challenging (and probably more costly) in the long run.
As a general rule of thumb, you should contact a local Pittsburgh defense attorney as soon as possible following your arrest. The moment you are arrested your situation changes. If you don’t know your rights as well as which steps to take next, you could become another victim of the legal system.
When you speak with legal counsel right away, you can receive guidance regarding your constitutional rights. This will also give you peace of mind, despite the fact that you are in a difficult spot. There is nothing more comforting than knowing that you have a qualified and experienced attorney working on your behalf.
If you don’t contact an attorney immediately, you could make two very big mistakes:
- Strengthen the prosecution’s case against you by saying and/or doing the wrong things
- Waive your constitutional rights, putting you in an even worse position
Even when people find themselves in trouble with the law, they neglect to consult an attorney because they are worried about how much it will cost or what others will think of them. Remember, there is a big difference between contacting an attorney and reaching an agreement for representation.
Before you enter into any type of agreement, you will be provided information on the services you will receive as well as the overall cost. Even if you don’t end up moving forward, at the very least you will have an attorney to contact in the near future should you change your mind.
It does not matter if you initially contact an attorney via email or over the phone, soon enough you will have an experienced professional working your case and doing whatever they can to help you avoid further trouble with the law.
Being arrested is not something that people look forward to. Unfortunately, it is something that many face at some point in their life.
Should you have any questions or need legal advice, contact a professional criminal defense lawyer at PKN Law for a free consultation.