If you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime, it is imperative that you protect your right to a fair trial. The right to a fair trial is a constitutional guarantee; however, this right necessarily requires that a defendant have the ability to put forth an effective defense. Without representation from a good criminal defense attorney, this isn’t likely to happen.
The two most important things you can do after being arrested are to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible and to exercise your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent until you have spoken to your attorney. Following these two tips will help you get the best possible outcome.
Find and Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney ASAP
Many people charged with a crime are under the impression that having an attorney at a trial is the most important thing. In fact, it is probably more important to have an attorney during the pre-trial stages of a prosecution.
It is during the pre-trial stage that a defendant’s procedural and substantive rights can be protected by their attorney through the filing of motions to the court. Getting a fair bail, being granted access to discovery, and crafting a defense are all things an attorney can help you do pre-trial. Moreover, the more recent an alleged crime, the easier it is for an attorney to investigate it. Waiting weeks or months before hiring an attorney could mean losing access to important evidence or witnesses.
Exercise Your Fifth Amendment Right to Remain Silent
Before you have spoken to your attorney, you should never speak to police or prosecutors. And if you are in jail, you should never speak about your case over the phone. Hire an experienced criminal defense attorney, and let them communicate for you to ensure that you do not incriminate yourself.
To Discuss Your Case, Contact Tracy Glorioso Sheppard, APLC
Gretna criminal defense attorney Tracy Sheppard has been defending the rights of criminal defendants in Louisiana for two decades. After working as a public defender for nearly 18 years, she is experienced to handle all types of criminal cases. She has represented clients faced with traffic tickets, murder charges, and everything in between.
Tracy is dedicated to vigorously defending her clients at all stages of a prosecution to help them get the best possible outcome. If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, call Tracy Glorioso Sheppard, APLC, to discuss your case today at (504) 602-9984.