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4 Signs It’s Time to Involve a Lawyer (Know These Before Being Detained)

No one ever wants to be in a position where they need to hire an attorney. However, if you are aware of situations when you should seek legal assistance before it is urgent, such as after the police have already placed you under arrest, it may be easier to get that legal advice ahead of time.

You Have Been Informed of an Investigation

Too often, when someone is told that they are under investigation, they don’t seek the advice of an attorney immediately. It may be because you feel you have done nothing wrong or, if you have committed a crime, there is no proof. Having an attorney, such as one from Russo Lawyers, with you throughout the investigative process can help you protect your rights and provide you with advice when you are answering questions.

Prison Time Is Involved

If there is the possibility you could face time in prison if convicted of a crime, you need to hire an attorney before the police arrest you. An attorney will work with the prosecutors and may be able to reduce the charges so that there will be no time in prison or work out a sentencing deal that eliminates a prison sentence. In order to do this successfully, however, the attorney needs to be on board as soon as possible.

You Are Not Guilty

If you are not guilty of a crime, you may think there is no need for an attorney. You believe you will simply answer questions honestly and that will be the end of the issue. The fact is that innocent people are convicted much more often than you know. Do not be concerned that hiring an attorney is an indication of guilt. An attorney will simply protect your rights and help you prove your innocence.

You Committed a Crime

If you are guilty of a crime, you need to hire an attorney as soon as you know there is an investigation. An attorney can explain your options and provide you with advice during questioning. They will have an understanding of what answers could negatively affect your case and how your answers could be used against you in court. They may also be able to work out deals with the prosecutor that could lead to a lighter sentence. In order to provide you with the best defense, however, they need to be involved immediately and you need to be truthful in your discussions with them.

Even though you never want to be in a position where you need an attorney, circumstances may occur when you need legal advice.

Author Info: Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake. You can find her on Twitter.

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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