When Do I Call An Attorney
Pick up the phone: Your first court date may be as soon as 10 days or as late as six weeks from the date of your arrest. The time to see a criminal defense attorney is now, while memories are fresh and witnesses still available. Everyone needs a criminal defense attorney, guilty or innocent. In fact, innocent people need a criminal lawyer more because a criminal jury may not automatically find them innocent. You should plan to start meeting with potential criminal defense attorneys as quickly as possible. Do not make the first court date without hiring your criminal attorney. By the time that you first get to court several important dates have passed. A good criminal defense attorney will have you making appointments within days of your arrest, in an effort to minimize any potential harm.
Do I need a Lawyer? This is the question that we are asked the most. Simply put, if you have to ask the question then you DO need to speak to a criminal defense attorney. Finding out if you actually need legal representation is one of the main reasons to consult with an attorney. Even if you think that you are "guilty" you must see a criminal defense lawyer to ensure that your rights are protected.
A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can provide valuable assistance even if you think that you are guilty. A knowledgeable criminal lawyer knows what punishment you should be given for your conduct. Without seeing a criminal defense attorney you run the risk of being punished too harshly for your alleged wrongful acts.
Your criminal defense attorney will make sure that you understand your sentence and will help you through the complex process of complying with the requirements placed on you by the court, and make sure that you do not get into further trouble by not understanding the many requirements placed on you by the criminal court judge.
Why Choose Us?
Bottom Line: We care! You deserve more than just a lawyer. There are many fine Criminal Defense lawyers in the 831. Experience is just the first factor. I have been defending the citizens of Monterey County for the better part of two decades. If you do not connect with your attorney, will he or she do any better in court? Face it; many people go through the Monterey County criminal court system for a wide range of Criminal offenses every day.
To the Judge and the District Attorney all Defendants look the same. You do not get special treatment if you are pretty or ugly. You do not get special treatment for being tall or short, thin or fat, or even rich or poor. It is up to your lawyer to make you stand out; to be seen as a person and not just another case number. You need to be seen as a person and not some potential criminal. If your lawyer lacks the ability to interact on a personal level with the system's players, you are going to be just another number; you will fail to standout and to get the attention your deserves.
Make sure that your attorney has passion for your case and not just your credit card. Before setting that first consultation date, call several defense attorneys. If you do not connect as people move on. Your lawyer holds the key to explaining who you are and what happened to you when meeting with the Judge and District Attorney and maybe a jury. You will never have the chance for any meaningful contact with these players in the system yourself. Your legal case is presented on your behalf to the judicial players. If your lawyer does not seem to about your case, that will come across to the Judge and the District Attorney; you will be just another case number. If your lawyer is just there for the buck, you will know it and so will the District Attorney. We will help you stand out.
Shawn C. Mills, Attorney at Law;
Law Office of Shawn C. Mills
Monterey Criminal Defense Attorney
702-A Forest Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950