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First Steps After Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney

First Steps After Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney

You’re facing charges. You’ve hired a criminal defense attorney. And now you’re wondering what to do next. While your attorney might set to work building your defense, your job isn’t over yet. Keep these first steps after hiring a criminal defense attorney in mind if you want to maximize your chances of clearing your name.

 

Learn About Your Case

It’s crucial you familiarize yourself with your case process for your peace of mind and so there are no surprises. Ask your attorney what happens next and what you can expect in the coming weeks. Some criminal cases move slowly while others resolve relatively quickly. It all depends on how your attorney handles your case and the pace of the court.

 

Be Proactive

Depending on your charges, your attorney may ask you to do a few things. For example, if you are facing charges for a drug-related offense, your attorney will ask you to abstain from drugs and perhaps enroll in a substance abuse treatment program. Or, if you are facing family violence (i.e. domestic violence) charges, your attorney may ask you to enroll in an Anger Management Class or Battering Intervention and Prevention program. Be proactive, and stay involved in your case.

 

Prepare for Court

If you need to appear in court, now is the time to make sure you have something respectable to wear. Many defendants overlook the importance of appearance when in court. Men should wear suits, and women should wear business attire. This is especially true for trial. The prospective jurors should look at the defense table and think everyone sitting at it is a lawyer. They will only have this impression if you are dressed professionally.

 

Make Arrangements

Discuss with your attorney what could happen if you are convicted. Whether it’s through a plea bargain or at trial, a conviction means you will be sentenced. Your attorney can advise you on the likely consequences of your charges. For example, if your attorney anticipates you will be given some jail time, now is the time to look into incarceration alternatives. Similarly, if you are looking at a DWI conviction, start learning about what you will need to do to get your license back as soon as possible.

 

Learning about what to expect and preparing for it should be your focus right now. Trust us when we say you won’t want to be surprised with anything the judge says. It’s far better to inform yourself of what could happen in court beforehand. If you are at a point where you haven’t hired a criminal defense attorney or think your current attorney may not be the fighter you need right now, consult with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney with trial experience. It’s important to speak with an attorney who has experience fighting cases all the way because such an attorney will be best able to advise you on all your options and which is the best for you.

 

If you’re facing criminal charges in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys is here to help. JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys will advise you on the best course of action. With law offices in Dallas and Denton, our attorneys provide compassionate legal services to Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Our experienced attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal cases including DWI/DUI, assault/family violence, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Call (214) 329-9433, email team@jbabblaw.com, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.

 

Why Hiring a Defense Attorney Is a Better Investment Than You Think

Why Hiring a Defense Attorney Is a Better Investment Than You Think

Investing in Your Defense

 

When faced with criminal charges, money is often a top concern. Fines for a criminal conviction can be exorbitant, but the costs of a criminal defense attorney can seem out of reach, too. Even so, hiring a criminal defense attorney is an investment in your future. If you’re not convinced or are on the fence about hiring an attorney to fight your Texas criminal charges, consider these points.

 

Paying for Protection

 

A criminal defense attorney can do many things for you, one of the most important of which is protecting your rights. This isn’t to say you can’t protect your own rights, but consider whether you really know and understand how to do that. Our experience in watching pro se defendants attempt this over the years leads me to conclude they do not. A defense attorney will understand how to protect your rights and—more importantly—leverage them to strengthen your defense.

 

Weighing the Costs of a Conviction

 

The costs of a criminal conviction might not be apparent to you at this time. Aside from any court-imposed statutory fines for your conviction, you may be ordered to pay other costs. For example, the court could order you to pay restitution, make a payment to Crime Stoppers and pay ongoing supervision fees. If you factor in potential discrimination on the job market or the chance you could even lose your job, you can begin to see how expensive a conviction really is.

 

Knowledge Is Power

 

When you hire a defense attorney, you are paying for that attorney’s knowledge. And that knowledge isn’t limited to what he or she learned in law school. In fact, you are paying for that attorney’s knowledge of Texas statutes and how to interpret them, how to navigate courtroom rules and trial procedures and how to employ negotiation tactics. Although normally not very effective, you can try to bone up on legal information at the library or online, but you can’t learn how to successfully defend cases without years of hands-on experience (it’s the equivalent of simply reading a manual in order to perform surgery on yourself). And that knowledge is powerful because without it you have a slim chance of getting the best possible outcome in your case. The legal system is not user-friendly, so when facing criminal charges, it’s unwise to go DIY. It’s simple: pay now or pay more later. And later you most likely will not be able to change the outcome.

 

Consult With a Defense Attorney to Learn More

 

If you are facing charges, you need to consult with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney. Many attorneys in the Dallas area offer free consultations wherein they can provide you basic information that can help you better understand your case. There is no excuse not to tap into this valuable source of knowledge! Discuss the details of the charges you face and learn about your options. Make sure you also discuss the potential consequences of a conviction. From there, you can make an informed decision about how to invest in your future.

 

If you’re facing criminal charges in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys is here to help. JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys will advise you on the best course of action. With law offices in Dallas and Denton, our attorneys provide compassionate legal services to Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Our experienced attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal cases including DWI/DUI, assault/family violence, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Call (214) 329-9433, email team@jbabblaw.com, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.

 

Tips to Help a Friend or Family Member in Jail

Tips to Help a Friend or Family Member in Jail

Help in a Time of Need

 

Discovering a friend or loved one was arrested can be a scary experience. You want to help but, if you’re like most people, aren’t sure how. Luckily, there are many ways you can help your friend or family member in his or her time of need. To help you navigate the process during this stressful time, here are a few tips to follow when a friend or family member is in jail.

 

The first thing to do if you discover a friend or family member has been arrested is to locate him or her. Then, gather other important pieces of information so you can set to work. Specifically, you’ll want to find out:

 

  • Where your friend or family member is being held
  • The arresting officer’s jurisdiction
  • The charge on which your friend or family member was arrested, and
  • The bail amount

 

If you don’t know where your friend or family member was taken, call the jail for the city in which he or she was arrested. Remember, stick to essential information when talking with your friend or family member in jail, i.e. do not talk about what happened that caused them to get arrested. Your communications aren’t confidential.

 

Jail Release

 

Next, you’ll want to get your friend or family member out of jail. Post the cash bail amount if you can. If you can’t post bail, your next step should be to call a criminal defense attorney. An attorney can either get the bail amount reduced or eliminated or post a surety bond. A surety bond is a promise the attorney makes to the court that the defendant will appear in court as instructed. Then, that attorney can start to work on the case.

 

An alternative to working with an attorney to post bail is to work with a bail bondsman. Typically, you pay 10-15% of the total bail amount to the bondsman, who then posts the amount needed to secure your friend or family member’s release from jail. You do not get that percentage back, however, and the bail bondsman cannot provide legal advice or representation. Conversely, if you work with an attorney, your friend or family member will have a good head start. The sooner you involve an attorney, the more an attorney can do to fight the charges.

 

Seek Advice When a Friend or Family Member Is in Jail

 

If you haven’t already, talk to a few attorneys about your friend or family member’s situation. Now is when that important information you gathered will be helpful. Find an attorney with ample experience handling cases similar to your friend or family member’s. You will want to find one who has handled similar charges in the same jurisdiction. Once the attorney has a few basic pieces of information, he or she can explain what will happen next and what you can do to help.

 

Following the above tips can help you get your friend or family member out of jail. Also, remember these tips if you ever find yourself in a similar situation.

 

If your friend or family member has been arrested and is now in jail in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys is here to help. JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys will advise you on the best course of action to help your friend or family member. With law offices in Dallas and Denton, our attorneys provide compassionate legal services to Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Our experienced attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal cases including DWI/DUI, assault/family violence, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Call (214) 329-9433, email clients@jbabblaw.com, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.