The state has powerful resources at its disposal and a criminal charge can have a devastating impact on your life. If convicted of a drunk driving, misdemeanor or felony charge, you could face costly fines, loss of license and jail time. In additional to these penalties, a conviction will appear on your criminal record and could negative effect future employment, housing and other community benefits. That’s why it’s important to have a criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights and interests. Leah R. Wilson, Attorney at Law, is a former prosecutor, experienced defender and advocate ready to fight for you.
Protecting Your Rights
Anytime law enforcement makes a criminal accusation or questions you in connection with a crime, the first thing you should do is to ask for an attorney. Many innocent people believe they should be helpful and cooperate freely with investigators. Unfortunately, the police may get the wrong impression based on your answers and that can lead to unnecessary litigation. The best course of action is to have an attorney present that can clarify the situation, draw a line when police go too far and protect your Constitutional rights.
Search and Seizures
If you have been charged with a crime, law enforcement may have conducted some level of search or seizure to gather evidence. In drunk driving cases, the police often pull people over and examine them for intoxication. They must have a reasonable suspicion that a crime is occurring to make that stop. In non-driving cases, the police are also required to follow a lawful procedure and generally need to get a court-approved search warrant. When they don’t, that tainted evidence could be thrown out in court.
Call An Experienced Misdemeanor and Felonies Attorney
Although that state has powerful resources at its disposal, the road between charging you with a crime and gaining a conviction in court can be long. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney challenge the accusations can prompt prosecutors to work out a reasonable plea agreement. If they won’t resolve the matter fairly, they will be forced to prove every inch of their case at trial.
If you have been charged or are the subject of a criminal investigation in the Nashville, Davidson or Rutherford area, call Leah R. Wilson, Attorney at Law.