A loud knock at the door jolts you out of your after lunch siesta. You wonder who could knock your door so hard. You wipe your sleepy eyes and make for the door. All signs of sleep varnish away from your eyes as you come face to face with your visitors. One of the mean looking uninvited visitors whips out his identity card and flashes it on your face and shouts “Federal police Mr……You are under arrest”
This is a typical scenario that can occur to anyone any time. What do you do when something like this happens to you? You have no time to shop around for an attorney. You find yourself between the rock and the hard place. That is why it is important to have a criminal defense attorney. You may not have any legal issues right now but you need to have access to a reliable, qualified and experienced defense lawyer.
One major advantage of having a criminal defense attorney is that in case of unexpected arrest, he can come to your rescue at the police station. The police will always allow you to contact your lawyer if you have one. This is particularly important because you don’t have to rely on someone you scarcely know. You need someone you can have confidence with. A good criminal defense attorney will explain to you your rights while you are in police custody. Most of the ordinary people know little or nothing about the rights of a suspect. An unscrupulous police officer could take advantage of you. After all, ignorance of the law is no defense. Your attorney will explain you all your rights so that you can take advantage of them.
Another reason to have a criminal defense attorney is to bail you out in case you are arrested. The conditions of bailing depend on the crime. Whatever the crime you are suspected of, your attorney will scrutinize the facts and seek to get you a bail at the easiest terms. He can even negotiate the bail amount in court. Having no defense attorney puts you in a disadvantage. You are not likely to get the best terms for the bail.
In case an offence is done against you, your lawyer is the best positioned to advice you when and how to take a legal action. He will weigh the chances of winning the suit and advise you accordingly. It is uneconomical to sue when you have poor chances of success. Your criminal defense attorney will also prepare you psychologically on what result to expect. Big surprises can cause trauma and stress that can be detrimental to health. All this can be avoided by counsel of you attorney.