Why Hire A Criminal Defense Attorney?
If you are prosecuted by the State of California concerning a criminal matter, you could be fined; lose driving privileges; be placed on probation; ordered to participate in any number of rehabilitation programs; sentenced to serve time in County jail or worse yet State prison. When you receive notice of your court date (or before such time) you would be wise to seek the advice of a criminal attorney. As we all know "anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law." Never volunteer information to any law enforcement agency or individual investigating criminal conduct when you are a potential suspect. Put another way, do not talk to law enforcement individuals who believe you were involved in criminal conduct, and whose job it is to see you prosecuted and put in jail or prison. You have the right to remain silent! Common law enforcement tactics to prompt individuals to speak freely are:
- "We have it all on video." (This may not be true).
- "Co-defendants said you were there."
- "You won't be arrested if you tell me your side of the story." (The arrest often follows your final word).
Exercising your right to remain silent cannot be used against you in a court of law, but anything you say can be! An admission is generally the strongest evidence available to support a prosecution. Don't make things worse by trying to talk yourself out of involvement in criminal conduct.
An experienced and capable attorney can review your case and assist you in receiving the best possible outcome. Certain counts can be dismissed; felonies can be reduced to misdemeanors; misdemeanors to infractions; many rehabilitation programs are available as an alternative to serving time in jail. Even if you are ordered to serve time in County jail, there are alternatives to actually going to jail.
The Law Offices of Kirkpatrick and Boswell have been serving criminal clients since 1982 from their office located one block from the San Luis Obispo Courthouse, at 1045 Mill Street. We have handled adult and juvenile criminal cases ranging from possession of drugs and D.U.I., to drive by shootings, vehicular manslaughter and murder. The earlier in the prosecution you seek advice, the better the outcome for you, as a rule. Telephonic and email consultations are privileged and held in confidence. Our experience is your advantage.