Charged With A Crime? Here Are The FAQs You Should Know.
From your reputation to your career, a criminal conviction has the potential to impact so many facets of your life. As such, it is vital that you take advantage of the tools and resources an attorney can offer when facing serious criminal charges.
Here at the Law Office of David Jellinek, we have compiled the answers to some common questions you may have to help you get started.
Q: Do I Need An Attorney?
A: Yes, especially if this is not your first encounter with the law. But regardless of whether it is your first or fifth offense, you can benefit from the insight of a skilled former prosecutor. Set yourself up for a fair trial and protect your constitutional rights with the help of attorney David Jellinek today.
Q: I Failed A Field Sobriety Test. Am I Guilty Of Drunk Driving?
A: No. In Massachusetts, failing a field sobriety test does not mean that you are automatically guilty of a DUI. Due to the subjective nature of these tests, various factors can result in a failed outcome. But because it does establish probable cause for an arrest, it can be used against you as evidence in a court of law. For this reason, if you have failed a field sobriety test, it is crucial that you work with an attorney to fight your charges.
Q: What Should I Do If I Am Arrested?
A: First and foremost, you must remain silent. Do not offer up any information that could potentially incriminate you further. Next, you will need to obtain legal representation. For the best possible outcome, secure the counsel of a lawyer, you can trust to protect your rights.
Q: What’s The Difference Between State And Federal Crimes?
A: Being charged with any crime is something that should not be taken lightly, whether you are charged with a state or federal crime. Very simply put, the difference between a state and federal crime has to do with the laws that were broken. A state crime violates state law, and a federal crime violates federal law. It is important to seek representation from an attorney who has experience in defending individuals charged with the specific type of crime you have been charged with.
Q: Should I Talk To The Police?
A: The police can and will use anything you say against you. Even if they seem friendly or helpful, it is best to avoid saying anything to the police during an arrest, investigation or in questioning. Instead, exercise your right to remain silent. It is also best to avoid talking about any part of your case to friends or family, as they may be questioned, as well.
Q: What If I Am Falsely Accused Of A Crime?
A: Being falsely accused of a crime is a terrifying ordeal to go through. If you are in this situation, immediately contact a criminal defense attorney. Do not talk to the police.
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