Why Hire an Attorney

An individual charged with a crime, or who is the “target” of a criminal investigation, is in danger of having his or her liberty restricted. In light of this, the individual should hire a criminal defense attorney, for numerous reasons, including:

1. To determine whether the individual has, in fact, committed any criminal offense. The law is complex. An individual might have made a mistake (and feel guilty about it), but the behavior might not meet the technical definition of any crime.

2. To insulate the individual from the investigatory process. Any such person has a right not to be questioned by the authorities and should exercise that right. All communication should proceed through an attorney’s office.

3. To help the individual identify any potential defenses.

Every criminal charge or investigation is a serious matter. The person charged, or who is the “target” of a criminal investigation, should employ the services of a qualified attorney

© 2002 Hubert G. Duvall, Jr, Attorney at Law

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