Indiana Criminal Defense Attorneys: Do You Really Need One?
If you have been arrested, you may be wondering if you really need to hire a criminal defense attorney. Perhaps you are only charged with a misdemeanor or it is the first time you have ever been charged with a crime. However, it is best to hire a criminal defense attorney to ensure your legal rights are thoroughly protected—and that the evidence being used to charge you with a crime is valid.
Improper searches and seizures
The Constitution protects citizens from illegal searches and seizures. Any evidence obtained through an illegal search and seizure usually must be tossed out of a case—it may not be used to charge someone with a crime. For example, an officer usually must have a warrant to search your home or vehicle. Many individuals charged with a crime are unaware that they were illegally searched—until they hired an attorney.
Statements to law enforcement
During and after your arrest, you have the right to remain silent and state that you would like your attorney present. Your attorney is able to speak with law enforcement on your behalf. Many individuals charged with crimes see no harm in speaking with police officers and prosecutors because they do not think they have committed a crime. However, any statements made may be used against these individuals later.
Protecting your future
Many criminal charges have an impact on someone’s future—their career or personal relationships, for example. Criminal defense attorneys work hard to mitigate these impacts on a person’s life.
Call our Criminal Defense attorneys Today to Discuss Your Case
At Webster & Garino LLC, our criminal defense attorneys have represented clients in both misdemeanor and felony cases. To schedule a free consultation with our defense team, call 317-565-1818.