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I've Been Charged with a Crime, What Do I Do?
First, read all of the paperwork you are given very carefully. In many cases you can be required to go to the police station, or to the courthouse on a certain date and time. If you do not follow the instructions you are given, it is possible that a judge will issue a bench warrant for your immediate arrest. Next, you should seriously consider consulting an attorney to discuss your case.
Should I Post Bail?
The decision whether to post bail can be difficult, especially if you have limited financial means. If you decide post bail, you will likely have to hire a bail bondsman in order to secure the amount of money required by the courthouse. Consider calling several bail bondsmen to ask about their rates, as they are not set by law, but are negotiable. Once you know how much posting bail will cost you can make a more informed decision about bail. The next thing to consider is the severity of the crime that has been alleged, and the likelihood that a plea bargain will be entered. You will be given credit for time served at the end of your case, so it might be beneficial to serve time in County Jail sooner than later. The bottom line is, the decision whether to post bail is not an easy decision to make, and you should consider seeking legal advice to help you make this important decision.
What If I'm Innocent?
Unfortunately, innocent people get charged with crimes every day in our country. Although you are presumed innocent until proven guilty, it is important to realize that the District Attorney already believes that you have committed a crime, and has some sort of evidence to support a case against you. For that reason, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney from The Law Offices of Mark A. Homen as soon as possible to discuss your legal defense.
What If I'm Guilty?
Guilt is a legal conclusion, and a person is only guilty if he or she is proven guilty in a court of law, or decides to enter a guilty plea in front of a judge. Even if you have committed a crime, you should not panic. There may be legal defenses available to you, or you may be able to secure a favorable plea bargain by negotiating with the District Attorney. Either way, it is important to realize that anything you say or do can be held against you, so should discuss your case as soon as possible with a competent and experienced attorney.
Why Should I Hire The Law Offices of Mark A. Homen?
As a small private law firm, we are able to give your case the attention and the priority that your case deserves. The public defender, as well as many large law firms, handle so many cases at the same time that they simply call out names when they get to the courtroom, because they don't even know who their clients are. Our office is different. We meet with our clients in advance of your court date to discuss your situation, your options, and to learn who you are and what matters to you. And of course, anything you tell our attorneys is protected by the attorney-client privilege.
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