Many people who are charged with a crime have the same questions when they are trying to find a criminal defense lawyer. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs).
If you are charged with a crime and your question is not listed here, contact Criminal Defense Attorney Howard Bailey at 973-982-1200 to arrange a free consultation.
Only your lawyer. You have a right to remain silent, and anything you say can (and will) be used by the prosecution to try to convict you. Even an oral statement can be used against you. Sign nothing! Say I WANT A LAWYER! Then use you RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT and let your lawyer talk for you.
A criminal conviction can have life-long consequences. If you do not know the law, the sentencing consequences (like whether you will go to jail or prison), and what legal issues are most likely to help protect you, then you need a lawyer to protect your rights and freedom.
This is a question that only you can answer. Any lawyer licensed in NJ can represent you in any type of legal proceeding. Most importantly, you need a lawyer who knows what they are doing before they start representing you. One of the ways you can decide whether the lawyer has the knowledge, experience and interest in the field of criminal law that you want them to have, is to ask, how much of your practice focuses on defending people charged with a crime? How much of your practice is focused on other areas of the law? Once you hear their answers you can decide whether you want that lawyer protecting your rights and your freedom.
Ask: How many cases like this have you handled? When was the last trial you did? What type of legal issues will help or hurt my case? What are the most likely defenses we can raise? What will the most likely sentence be if I accept a plea deal? What will the most likely sentence be if I get convicted after trial?
No, a lawyer can only tell you what is likely to happen based on his or her knowledge and experience from representing other clients. Best advice: If a lawyer tells you… ‘I guarantee you…’ don’t hire him (or her). Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true.