The most important rule to follow is never say never when it comes to legal matters, and that means always talking to an attorney who can help you get your life back on track.
“If you don’t speak with someone who can see what’s happening in your life, you’re going to get screwed,” says Matt McBride, president of the law firm McBride & Partners in Philadelphia.
You might think you can just get out of your own way, but that can only lead to trouble.
“When you get the wrong lawyer, there are consequences,” McBride says.
You can end up with a wrongful conviction, which is a felony that carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.
And if you’re a victim of domestic violence, you may end up in court, where you may be charged with misdemeanor domestic violence.
The only thing worse than that is a criminal conviction, McBride adds.
You may also end up getting a suspended sentence, which can be a very lengthy sentence if the crime is a violent crime.
“That’s a huge deterrent,” McWilliamsays.
He advises against going to a lawyer without an attorney.
“It’s going to be a waste of time and money,” McWilliams says.
The best option is to hire a third-party legal assistance organization.
“They can represent you and be there for you at all times,” McWilliams says.
McBride recommends hiring a private attorney to handle any potential charges or civil lawsuits.
“You’re looking at going to court for $200,000,” Mc Williams says.
If you do end up going to trial, he recommends going for a jury trial.
“The only way to get a fair verdict is to have a jury,” McBryans says.
He says if you do go to trial and the defense team has a strong case, “it’s a lot more likely that you’ll get convicted than not.”
“If they’re saying, ‘You know, you don`t have a lot of evidence,’ I can understand that,” McWiliams adds.
“But you don´t have enough evidence to be sure you did it.”
When you get a lawyer to help you, the goal is to be as honest and unbiased as possible, McWilliams explains.
You don’t want your attorney to be biased.
He urges you to go for a fair trial.
You shouldn’t expect to win if you don, he adds.
McWilliams also recommends hiring an attorney with experience in family law or criminal law.
“There are lots of other legal services that are better suited for you than the ones you have right now,” Mcwilliams explains.
He also suggests having a professional to represent you in any matter.
“Go to a law firm with good representation, a very experienced lawyer,” McBeers says.
“Otherwise, you are going to have problems.”
In the meantime, you should contact your local police department to make sure the criminal charges against you are being handled appropriately.
“I have to give credit to law enforcement, because they are always looking out for the best interests of the citizens of Philadelphia,” McBarri says.
There are also many resources online to help with your legal issues.
Find out more about how to get an arrest warrant, a court date, and how to prepare to get your child back, as well as find out how to make a statement.
“Law enforcement has always been the way to go,” McWalter says.
Even though many criminal cases have been dropped, many people still go to prison for minor offenses, McWalters adds.
And McBarry says it is important to stay vigilant.
“Always be looking out and being ready to report anything that may be suspicious,” he says.
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