Facts You Need to Know
Do I need a lawyer?
If you are being investigated, if you are being charged, or if you are being interviewed by the police you need a lawyer.
You need a criminal lawyer who specializes in the sensitive issues involved in criminal cases. If you are convicted of a crime you could be ordered to pay fines or even spend time in jail. A criminal conviction will follow you for the rest of your life. It can affect your ability get a job, obtain housing, or even receive credit. Criminal convictions can affect your life in ways you could never foresee. If you have previous convictions, those convictions can be used to enhance your punishment in any new criminal charge against you.
The sooner you can get a lawyer hired for you in your corner, the better!
Do I still need a lawyer if I’m innocent?
Yes, you still need a lawyer if you are innocent. Innocent people have been charged, convicted and spent years in jail.
Just look on the news on any given day and you will see wrongfully convicted individuals being released. A lot of innocent individuals do not get so lucky. A lawyer will help ensure that your rights and liberties are protected. Even if you are innocent you need the very best legal representation possible.
Our criminal attorneys are committed to fighting for you!
Can my case be dismissed?
There are several ways to get your cased dismissed and we will work to secure the best result for you. Each case is different. If your case is dismissed you will not have a criminal conviction on your record and you may be eligible to have your record expunged. An expunction is a way to have your record erased completely.
Since we live in the computer information age, it is more important than ever to keep your record clean.
Can my lawyer guarantee a result or outcome?
No criminal lawyer can guarantee any result in your case. You need a criminal attorney to be honest and up front with you about your case. Good news or bad news, you deserve a criminal lawyer who will give you straight answers. You need a criminal attorney who will fight for your rights and keep you informed and up to date about your case.
At Goza & Carreras, P.C., you will always be informed regarding your case and our team of criminal lawyers is dedicated to being honest and up front regarding your circumstances.
Facts to Know: Deciding to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney
Hiring a lawyer to represent you is the single most important decisions you will make in regard to your case. When making the decision to hire a lawyer here are just a few questions you should ask:
- First and foremost, a criminal attorney should be forthright with you about whether your specific situation requires his or her services in the first place.
- How much experience does your criminal attorney have? The legal system is complex and most people need help navigating the legal process. Because each case has its own particular set of facts, the more experience your criminal lawyer has, the better prepared he will be to handle your specific case.
- Has your criminal attorney been successful in handling criminal cases in the past? If so, then your criminal lawyer may be able to handle your case successfully as well. Ask your criminal attorney about his successes.
- Has your criminal lawyer handled cases like yours before? Each criminal case has its own defenses, mitigating factors, and aggravating facts. A criminal attorney who has handled cases similar to yours in the past is more likely have the knowledge about what defenses and factors apply in your particular set of circumstances.