Criminal Defense FAQs

Is it okay to talk to the police?

It is in your best interest to have your attorney present any time to speak with the police. If the police want to speak with you, tell them that you do not want to speak to them until your attorney is present. You have the right to remain silent. Any experience attorney will tell you to assert your right and say nothing.

I used all of my money to post as bond. Can I use that money to pay a lawyer?

Yes, you may assign your lawyer the bond refund by signing a form called a Cash Bond Refund to Attorney Petition, often abbreviated as a CBR. However, your attorney does not receive the funds until the case is over. Most attorneys will require payment beyond the bond proceeds to cover the cost of representation.

What should I look for in a criminal defense attorney?

You should look for an attorney with a good amount of experience in criminal law. Ask how many bench trials and jury trials he or she has litigated in the past year. Be sure to confirm he or she has defended the type of charge you face, or make certain you have a clever enough attorney to win your case. Most importantly, make sure you feel comfortable with your attorney.

Do I need a lawyer?

It is in your best interest to hire an attorney whenever you are charged with a criminal offense. Whether you are charged with a felony or misdemeanor, the consequences are severe and often unknown to persons unfamiliar with the criminal justice system. You need an advocate that knows your rights, and will aggressively defend your rights and protect your freedom.