When Is It Time to Call a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Obviously, if you are not under any kind of criminal investigation or actually facing criminal charges, you don’t need to hire a criminal defense lawyer. On the other hand, if you are under investigation for criminal offenses or already facing criminal charges, the time to hire a criminal defense lawyer is right now. In a perfect world, you would have a criminal defense attorney with you when you are arrested who would keep you from making the early mistakes that so many people make when they are arrested. Unfortunately, most of the time, you don’t know you are going to be arrested until you actually are. However, the time to hire an Indiana criminal defense lawyer is as soon as you know you are facing serious criminal charges. When that moment comes, you should quickly take steps to obtain qualified legal counsel.

You Can’t Afford Not to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been arrested and think you can’t afford to hire a criminal defense lawyer, think again. Can you afford to go to prison for a few years? Or even a few months? What will a criminal record do to your ability to get a job when you think it’s all over? Because once you have a criminal record, it is never “all over.” That conviction will follow you everywhere. If you hold a professional license, a conviction could cause you to lose that license and with it, perhaps, everything you worked most of your life for.

You certainly can’t afford to risk those kinds of losses. Better to fight the charges with the best legal help possible than to potentially see a criminal conviction create serious upheaval in your life and career. You might think misdemeanor charges, such as a simple possession charge for marijuana, are not worth fighting. That would be your decision, although you should always consider the personal and professional consequences of any criminal conviction. However, there are certain charges that, without a doubt, you should absolutely hire a criminal defense attorney. These include:

  • Assault and battery. An attorney could help you establish a defense to the charges, such as self-defense, defense of your property, defense of others, or other legal defenses.
  • Drug charges. Even marijuana possession can be a serious drug charge in Indiana. Many other drug charges are felonies and carry serious consequences.
  • Operating while intoxicated charges. Even a first offense can result in jail time. 
  • Theft, fraud, or financial crime charges. Such property crime convictions would be disastrous in many professions. To face them without legal counsel is to invite the worst.
  • Homicide charges. It goes without saying that you do not try and face homicide charges alone. 

If You Are Facing Criminal Charges in Northwest Indiana, Talk to The Criminal Attorneys of Arshad, Pangere & Warring

Criminal charges are always serious. You need an experienced criminal lawyer to help you craft a defense and achieve the best outcome possible. If you are facing criminal charges, talk to the criminal attorneys of Arshad, Pangere & Warring. They can give you the legal defense you need.

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