Criminal Law

Criminal Law

When you have been accused of a crime, it is imperative that you hire an attorney as soon as possible. Legal counsel can answer your questions and explain your rights during a time that can otherwise be confusing, frightening and frustrating. A number of factors could influence your criminal defense depending on the facts of your case, and nailing those facts down quickly is critical.

An experienced Connecticut Criminal Defense Attorney will evaluate all of these factors and determine the most appropriate course of action for you. It is obvious that the outcome of the case can impact your future. Therefore, it is important to identify a criminal defense attorney that you can trust as soon as possible. From the moment the police speak to you or arrest you, you have rights. Since the entire ordeal may fly by in a blur, learning the system and what you are about to face is helpful. Telling your lawyer what happened when you were arrested can inform him or her of whether your constitutional rights were violated. This can have a significant impact on your case, so you need to share the details with a lawyer sooner rather than later.

Don’t Face Your Charges Alone

Some people make the mistake of believing that the charges they fact are minor or that they do not need an attorney to represent them. This can easily turn out to be the biggest mistake of their lives. A conviction on your record is something that will follow you for years to come. Sadly, some individuals find this out too late, after they have already been convicted of a crime. Trying to represent yourself or hiring an inexperienced attorney is a mistake that could cost you time and money both now and in the future. Take your case seriously and get legal advice from a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer as soon as possible after you have been arrested. This is your best chance to minimize the negative outcomes for you.

The right to have an attorney in criminal proceedings is one of the most fundamental constitutional rights. It’s so important that it’s actually provided for in two places, the Fifth and Sixth Amendments, and violations can result in evidence being ruled inadmissible in court. Police are required to read anyone being arrested their Miranda rights. This is why, whenever you think you might need a Fairfield County criminal lawyer, it’s advisable to not speak with police. Remember, they can’t hold what you said against you if it was never said in the first place!

Exercise Your Miranda Rights

Thanks to TV, most people are familiar with the Miranda warnings that are required by the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution. These warnings are designed to ensure that anyone arrested in the United States knows that they do not have to say anything to police that may incriminate them in a crime. The warnings are required any time a person is in custody, and outline several rights. The right to remain silent is as simple as it sounds. Every person in the United States has an absolute right to not be forced to answer questions. What’s of greater importance is the reminder included in the Miranda warnings that “anything you say can and will be used against you.” With us as your Fairfield County criminal lawyer, we’ll advise you that police often phrase questions as trying to get your side of the story so they can help you. What they really mean is they want to lock you into a story now so you won’t be able to change it later and so that they can get to work finding evidence that contradicts your story.

If a person chooses to talk to the police, they have a right to consult with a Fairfield County criminal lawyer before and during any questioning. The treatment of those who have their own attorney and those who need an attorney provided for them will differ. People with a private attorney will usually be given an option to call their attorney and have them come in before they are formally booked or charged. People needing an appointed attorney will almost never receive one until they are arraigned in court. This means that they will be booked and formally charged before they have the chance to speak with an attorney. It’s still almost always a good idea to wait until an attorney is appointed to talk to the police, though.

Although police will only give the Miranda warnings once, choosing to talk to the police is not a one-time decision. A person can choose to exercise their right to remain silent at any time for any reason even in the middle of questioning. They can also exercise their right to a Fairfield County criminal lawyer at any time if they begin answering questions without having an attorney present. If you or your loved ones are in need of a criminal defense attorney, even if you’ve already spoken to the police, we’ll be there to help.

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Having a lawyer on your side to answer questions, protect you from the police and prosecutor, and advise you about your next steps is one of the most important things you can do for your future. Your attorney will then take it from there to establish and implement your defense. He will speak to witnesses, collect evidence, and evaluate the prosecution’s potential strategy in attempting to convict you. The development of strategy for your defense is crucial and should only be handled by someone with a background in this area of the law.

When you have been accused of a crime, there is too much on the line to leave anything to chance. Contact an experienced Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyer with more than 30 years of trial experience at the Law Office of Alexander Schwartz.

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