If you've been arrested in Florida, you will likely need representation from a West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney. Many people put off hiring an attorney, often thinking that they can resolve the issue themselves. Unfortunately, this will usually weaken their defense, as it gives their attorney far less time to prepare for the case. For that reason, and many others, it is beneficial to hire a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible, even if formal charges have not yet been filed.
Early Representation Can Protect You From Yourself
Following an arrest, it's only natural for you to deny involvement in the crime, and try to explain your side of the story. Unfortunately, this usually does more harm than good. If you've been arrested, you should not talk to law enforcement at all without a lawyer present. Even small mistakes can have a big impact in the outcome of your case, and an attorney can take over all communication to prevent this from happening.
Early Representation May Lead to Reduced Charges
If you've been arrested, but have not yet been charged, a lawyer may be able to negotiate a dismissal before charges are filed. This will not always be possible, especially for more serious crimes, but still happens with a surprising amount of frequency.
Even if charges have already been filed, you can still benefit from early representation. Your attorney generally has more negotiating power early on than later in the process. Even if they aren't able to get charges completely dismissed, your attorney may still be able to negotiate a plea bargain for reduced charges or penalties.
Trust Our Firm to Fight For You
If you're facing criminal charges in Florida, contact our West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer today. At the Law Offices of Richard Tendler, we are committed to aggressively defending the rights and freedom of our clients, and will tirelessly work to help clear your name and get your life back on track. When you retain our firm, you can trust that we will always act in your best interest and defend you against wrongful prosecution.
Call our firm at (561) 855-0255 for your case evaluation.