Got Yourself in a Jam? Find Yourself an Attorney
Even the best people can get in trouble with the law. Sometimes, just being in the wrong place at the wrong time can land you in a bind. Other times, however, having a really bad day can lead you to do something wrong. Finding a great New Jersey criminal attorney can help you out of these sticky situations.
There are many crimes that will result in a jail service of under a year, or in fines and penalties; these are known as misdemeanors. Regardless, a misdemeanor can be a huge burden on your life. Some examples of misdemeanors are petty theft, simple assault, and your first two DUI offenses. An attorney can help lessen the sentencing time or get you an alternative sentencing, like a probation. Using an attorney can, therefore, help keep your record clean and protect your career.
Felonies include more serious crimes, like multiple DUI offenses, aggravated assault, rape, and murder. An attorney’s job is to try to prove your innocence or reduce your sentencing. Your attorney will try everything in his or her power to get you in the least amount of legal trouble. Your attorney will investigate your case, challenge evidence, argue your case and bail, and, if needed, negotiate your plea deal. If in the instance you are found guilty, your attorney will stand for you at your hearing, try to reduce sentencing, and appeal your case.
Your Constitutional Rights
Have you ever heard the Miranda Warning being read, whether it be on a television show, to another person, or yourself? Did you know during this reading the arresting officer reads off some of your many rights? The Miranda Warnings state, “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.” Knowing this, why would anyone stand before a judge without an attorney or any legal advice?
Being in a jam does not always mean that you will no longer have a clean record or must spend time in jail. An attorney can help you to get out of a lot of jail time, fines, and penalties. For both unexpected arrests or possible future arrests of yourself or a loved one, finding the right New Jersey criminal attorney to help, and advice can keep your life from being hit by a huge burden.