If you have been charged with a crime, it seems like your entire world has been turned upside down. You may be facing hefty fines, loss of license and even jail time. A criminal conviction can have a profound negative impact on life as you know it. Whether you have been arrested, charged or just contacted by law enforcement about a crime, it’s imperative that you contact the Law Office of Jacob Austin immediately. Your very freedom may be at stake.
Any time the police undertake a criminal investigation, their primary goal is to gather evidence to use against you. They have a crime to solve and if you are being questioned, you could end up in handcuffs. One of the mistakes many innocent people make is to cooperate without an attorney present. After all, if you are not guilty then you have nothing to fear, right? Wrong.
Sometimes the police misunderstand the information you are open to providing. That may result in you being erroneously charged and having to endure unnecessary litigation. Always have an attorney present to make sure the information the police are entitled to is clearly articulated and concise. As your legal counsel, we will also draw a line when the police request information they are not entitled to possess.
If law enforcement has already level an allegation against you, it’s in your best interest to remain silent and let our firm represent your interests and protect your rights. Our firm will call for your release from custody and petition the courts for you to be set free on your own recognizance or be given reasonable bail so that you can aid in your defense.
Keep in mind, just because the state has leveled a criminal accusation against you does not mean they will be able gain a conviction. There is a long legal process between slapping on the cuffs and a guilty verdict. The state has vast resources but unreliable eye witness accounts, faulty breathalyzer results and police not following lawful and proper protocol can add up to reduced charges, dismissals or prosecutors being willing to negotiate a suitable plea agreement. When the state refuses to be reasonable, we will see them at trial!
If you have been charged or are the subject of a police inquiry, you need an experienced San Diego criminal defense attorney. Contact the Law Office of Jacob Austin today.