1) What should I do if I’m arrested?
You have the constitutional rights to remain silent and to have an attorney. If you are arrested, the most important thing to do is tell the police that you’ve been advised by your attorney not to say anything. The second thing to do is tell the police that you want to speak to your defense attorney. Those are the two most things to keep in mind and you should never do anything differently.
2) What is a bond hearing?
If you are going to be charged with a felony, the bond hearing is generally the morning after you are arrested. A bond hearing is when the State will bring up the charges, information about the defendant and any aggravating factors. A defendant’s attorney will argue for a lower bond based on lack of criminal history, employment, ties to the state and other arguments that the defendant is not a threat to himself or the public or a risk of flight.
An attorney can try to help someone lower the bond that is required of the defendant. It is highly recommended that you appear at a bond hearing with an experienced defense attorney.
If you are going to be charged with a misdemeanor, most of the time you will be released on your signature(I-Bond) or posting close to $100.
3) What should I do if there is a warrant for my arrest?
The first thing you should do is call your attorney. Your attorney will call the police station and set up an appointment to bring you into the station. By doing this, you can time it so you don’t spend very much time in custody. Also, turning yourself in can reflect well during the bond hearing and may help in reducing the bond amount. Additionally, your lawyer will know how to protect your rights.
4) How can a criminal lawyer help me with my case?
A Criminal Defense Lawyer can evaluate the entire case by looking at the charges and evidence. He can then tell you what your options are in defending the case. He will have an expertise in strategies for defending your case and what are potential outcomes.
5) How much does a criminal lawyer cost?
A Criminal Attorney’s fees can vary and is entirely dependent on the nature of the charges and the amount of time that will be spent representing a client. Jeffry Mandell offers a free consultation that will include an entire analysis of the whole case and how much time it will take to defend you.
6) Will I go to jail?
This is a frequently asked question. This is highly dependant on the charges in your case among other factors. Other factors include history of criminality and whether your charge calls for mandatory penitentiary time. If you speak with an experienced attorney, they will quickly be able to analyze your individual situation and if there is a chance that you will go to jail.