Connecting with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible is essential to achieving the best possible outcome of a criminal case. While it would be ideal to have an attorney on your side during the investigation, often this is not always possible, as the first you might hear about your allegations is during the arrest. At that point, you have a Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. We suggest that you exercise this right and do not say anything further to law enforcement until you have an attorney.
One of the experienced criminal defense attorneys from the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus is standing by to answer any questions you might have, and read on to learn more about what you might ask a lawyer you are considering for your case.
How Can You Help My Case?
For you to be successfully charged with a crime, the state must prove each element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt, which is where your criminal defense attorney comes into play. When you have made the decision to hire a lawyer, they can help in many ways, including:
- Investigating the circumstances of your allegations
- Identifying if the police violated your constitutional rights in any manner
- Gathering evidence in your defense
- Representing you at all court hearings
- Negotiating with prosecutors for a plea deal
- Filing motions to exclude evidence, which might result in a dismissal
- Representing your in front of the judge or jury if you fight your charges at trial
Having an advocate helping in this manner can often improve the outcome of your case.
What Experience Do You Have with Cases Like Mine?
Ask your attorney if they have worked on similar cases and if they have worked in your local courts. Some criminal defense attorneys focus on certain types of cases, such as traffic violations or DUI, and they have little experience defending against serious felony charges like armed robbery or sex crimes. There is more at stake with felony cases, so you want a lawyer who regularly takes on tough cases if you are facing felony charges.
Will I Go to Jail?
The answer to this question will vary depending on your situation. While most people receive probation for misdemeanors, some do spend time in jail for less serious convictions. On the other hand, the right lawyer can help avoid imprisonment for serious offenses under the right circumstances.
Connect with a Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer Now
If you have been charged with a crime, your freedom and your ability to support yourself and your family could be at risk. Even for charges without incarceration, having a criminal record can put a damper on your ability to get jobs, sign leases, or obtain home loans for years to come. To protect yourself, your family, and your future, criminal charges are not to be taken lightly, and competent, zealous representation is essential to ensuring you mount the best defense possible in your case. Reach out to the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus to schedule a risk-free consultation to discuss how we can help you.