Have You Been Arrested?

Have You Been Arrested?

Actions to Take to Avoid a Conviction

Being arrested and charged with a crime is often one of the most stressful and frightening experiences of a person's life. Most people who find themselves in this situation don't know what to expect next and often end up feeling like everyone is against them. The police and district attorney are working together to build a case against you. You may find yourself overwhelmed by the complexity of the criminal justice system, particularly if this is the first time you have been arrested. Perhaps the most important action you can take at this stage in the case is to hire a criminal defense attorney with a proven track record of success. Level the playing field by giving yourself a dedicated legal advocate.

No matter how serious the situation may appear, you can greatly improve your chances of success by retaining legal representation to fight for you. Whereas you may have little - or no - experience with court hearings and working with law enforcement, a knowledgeable criminal lawyer works in this arena day in and day out. When you come to the Law Office of John L. Venza Jr. for help, you can benefit from the fact that I am a former felony prosecutor and I have extensive familiarity with the judges and district attorneys in the area. I know what it takes to get results in the local courts. This may be a highly stressful situation for you, but I am ready to stand by your side, help you make the right decisions about your case and fight to clear your name of the charges.

woman holding finger to lipsExercise Your Right to Remain Silent

The one thing you must not do is speak about the case with police officers, investigators, or anyone else without having your attorney present to advise you. You have a constitutional right against self-incrimination and do not have to testify against yourself. Unfortunately, many people in your situation make a serious mistake in thinking that they can resolve the situation by explaining their side of the story. Remember, if you have been charged with a crime such as DWI or a drug offense, the prosecutor already believes that you are guilty and will only use statements that you make to contribute to the evidence against you.

Instead, allow me to act as your advocate, speaking on your behalf with law enforcement officers and helping you avoid saying things that would make it difficult or impossible to defend against the charges. Contact me now for a free, confidential consultation during which you can ask questions about the situation, learn about strategies I may be able to use in your defense, and decide on a course of action for your case.