It’s a dangerous and stressful situation to be charged with a crime in Georgia. Few things are more terrifying than being arrested or under investigation for a crime. The court system may be unpleasant, and criminally accused people are generally anxious about their rights. You may have never had to deal with a criminal case before. When it comes to establishing an effective defense against criminal accusations, time is of importance.
If you have been detained, imprisoned, or questioned by the police, or even if you believe you are the target of a police investigation, you should contact an experienced attorney at The Reed Injury Law Firm, P.C. as soon as possible.
What happens if you’re arrested or have a Citation Issued to You?
There must be conduct, behavior, or an occurrence that leads to the filing of charges before a criminal case may commence. If you violate a law or are accused of breaking a law, the first step is to be issued a ticket (or a copy of the charges) or to be arrested, depending on the gravity of the offense.
The police will write a report that summarizes the events that led to your arrest or citation. If you are arrested, you will be told your Miranda rights and brought to a jail or police station where you will be “booked,” or put into the system. Your image and fingerprints will very certainly be taken by the cops for their databases.
Once you’ve been processed, you’ll usually be permitted to make one phone call. You will almost always have to appear in front of a judge before being released.
What Should I Do If I’m Charged with a Crime?
Every criminal charge, whether it’s for DUI or a traffic violation, should be handled seriously. If you know what to do, you can avoid making mistakes along the process. Any blunder might jeopardize your case.
If you’ve been charged with a crime, here are some suggestions:
- Seek legal advice – It is critical to retain the services of a criminal defense attorney to ensure that your rights are safeguarded. During your arrest, cops may have violated your constitutional rights or processes. It’s possible that crucial evidence that may help you get a reduced sentence or prove your innocence is ignored. Our experts can go through every detail of your case and find places where you can improve your defense.
- Stay silent– Don’t give investigators any information or respond to their questions. To avoid self-incrimination, you should use your right to stay quiet. You should not discuss the event on social media since your remarks might be used as evidence in court. If you keep silent, you are still helping with the police inquiry.
- Do not enter a plea– Do not enter a plea before you have spoken with a counsel. Depending on what their public defender and prosecutors have told them, some defendants immediately plead guilty. This, however, can be a fatal error. If you are facing criminal charges, speak with one of our attorneys to learn about the different plea agreements available.
Our Atlanta Criminal Defense Team at The Reed Law Firm, P.C will manage your case if you are facing criminal charges in Atlanta. We have handled hundreds of criminal cases in Atlanta and around Georgia. Our Criminal Defense Team will actively fight any criminal accusations brought against you.