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Hello, I'm Karla Mitchell. Going through a legal case can be very expensive and challenging. I won't go into details, but I recently underwent my own legal battle that lasted several years. It is finally over and I successfully received a settlement, but I had to spend so much time studying law in order to play my role in my own court case. While I found a great attorney at one point, I felt completely lost initially and I don't want anyone else to experience the same thing. So I decided to create this blog for those who would like to know more about law.


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Don't Be In The Dark About Our Legal System

Why Do You Need To Talk To A Lawyer As Soon As Possible When You're Arrested?

by Andrew Martin

Ask anyone if they would call a lawyer as soon as they could after being arrested, and the answer would be a resounding "Yes." But few people can tell you why that's a good idea, other than giving you a general statement about how it will help you get out of jail. Speaking with a lawyer, specifically a criminal defense lawyer, as soon as you can after an arrest is crucial for helping your case because everything you do after the arrest is suspect, and prosecutors are going to be looking for anything that can help them put you away if they think you're the person who is truly guilty of a crime. Obviously, the faster you contact a lawyer, the faster you can try to get bailed out and start your defense case rolling. But there are more specific reasons why you'd want to speak with a defense lawyer as quickly as you could instead of hoping the arrest was all a mistake that will magically go away.  

Advice on What Not to Do or Say

First, that defense lawyer can give you advice on what not to do or say in the time leading up to your trial. This includes what you can and can't do with social media. Anything you post, say, write, or even respond with a grunt to is fair game for prosecutors. Your defense lawyer will let you know whether you should stop posting on social media for a while, whether all you have to do is lock down your accounts, or whether you should delete the apps temporarily. They can help you determine who is safe to speak to and how much you can tell other people. Pay attention to what the lawyer says so that you don't slip up and hand the prosecution anything that could help them.

Helping You Deal With Unexpected Treatment

If word gets out about your arrest, there could be consequences in your daily life, from losing friends to losing your job. The lawyer can help you determine if something that happened was legal or not, and for those consequences that are legal, you can find out how others have dealt with the fallout. Hopefully, nothing bad happens as a result of your arrest, but you have to be prepared for some people to not want anything to do with you.

Evidence and Its Shelf Life

One of the jobs of your defense lawyer is to find evidence showing that you are either not guilty or that you deserve a lesser sentence than what the prosecution is asking for (in the event that you really are guilty). That means the lawyer has to get that evidence and preserve it. Unfortunately, some evidence has a shelf life; it can be washed away, moved to another location, or, in the case of witness memory, twisted or forgotten. The longer you wait to find a lawyer, the more chances that evidence has to disappear.

Reach out to a criminal defense lawyer to learn more.