If you have been charged with a crime, you need someone on your side. Right now.
Because if you have been charged with a crime, you are alone in the enormous and complicated legal system, until you have a lawyer on your side. Whether you were arrested for a DUI, a drug offense, a crime against a person (like assault), a crime against property (like shoplifting, burglary, or arson), or any other criminal offense, I can help.
I value each and every one of my clients, and personally guide them through the process of the court system with dignity and respect. I defend adults and juveniles through all stages of the legal process with my extensive knowledge of criminal law and procedure.
The process in a criminal case can include:
- Strategy Planning Conferences
- Pretrial Hearings
- Settlement Conferences
- Trials and Sentencing Hearings.
Don’t wait. If you wait until after your first court appearance to talk to a lawyer, precious time and opportunities for a good outcome can be lost.
Did you know the police begin building their case against you at first contact? The conversation may seem neutral enough, sometimes even friendly. You may think you are defending yourself. You may even believe you can convince the officer not to arrest you. You may believe your statements can’t be used against you if you were not read the Miranda warnings. But there are exceptions to every rule, including the Miranda rule. Police officers are schooled in the best ways to obtain information, and cooperation, from people. They may try to get your permission to search your person, vehicle or home. You do not have to give this consent. A polite refusal is best.
Even if you have said things you wish you could take back, or allowed the police to search your property, it still may be possible to undue the damage. But only if you don’t wait! Start early, as soon after your arrest as possible. Contact me and start building a solid defense – be prepared when the judge calls you forward to answer the question “How do you plead?”
Cynthia Lyons offers free consultations- don’t wait- Call her today at 931-260-1788