Answers And Guidance From Experienced Defense Lawyers
Everything – your reputation, your future and your freedom – are on the line when you face criminal charges. One of the best ways to minimize stress and achieve some peace of mind is to get answers from criminal defense lawyers who have helped people in your shoes before.
At Schumacher Law Group, we have been advocating for defendants in Oklahoma for more than 25 years. Read on for answers to the questions we are asked the most. Or, call 405-389-2260 to discuss your specific situation with an attorney.
What are my rights when I’m arrested?
The Miranda warning should have been read to you during your arrest: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak to me?”
Should I give a statement to the police?
No. It is not possible to talk your way out of your predicament. Something that makes perfect sense to you could actually be used to build the case against you. It is in your best interest to exercise your right to remain silent and save your talking for a consultation with your criminal defense attorney.
The officer didn’t read me my rights. Can the charges be dropped?
Any violation of proper police procedure can potentially result in the charges against you being dropped. Evidence that is obtained outside of the law cannot be used to make the case against you. One of the benefits of having an experienced attorney who has served as a prosecutor and a judge is that they will know the best way to navigate the process and make the police officer’s failure work to your advantage.
What is bail?
In layman’s terms, bail is collateral for letting you out of jail as you wait for you trial. Paid via cash or bail bond, the payment is forfeited if you fail to show up according to the terms of your release. The amount of bail can correspond with the severity of the charges and, when a defendant is considered a flight risk or a danger to the community, bail may not be offered at all.
What happens during and after an arrest?
The actual events of the arrest were a blur. Before they knew it their life had changed drastically – and not for the better. They should have been read their Miranda rights as they were placed under arrest (“you have the right to remain silent…”). After the arrest they should have been permitted to make a phone call. That’s where you likely come in to the story. Chances are you are looking to find the right attorney to help a loved one who has been arrested under suspicion of committing a crime. These minutes and hours are crucial. Having an attorney working on a defendant’s behalf from the beginning can make all the difference, including the possibility of achieving a release before charges are ever filed.
Do I need to hire a lawyer?
To be clear, you are not legally required to hire a lawyer. You can rely on the representation of a public defender or handle your own defense. However, you have too much on the line to leave your well-being in the hands of an inexperienced attorney. Tracy Schumacher, our lead attorney, is a former prosecutor and district judge. She understands the criminal justice process from all angles and can bring that informed perspective to your defense. She knows how prosecutors build cases and knows how to pinpoint their weaknesses to minimize your exposure to harsh criminal penalties and the collateral consequences of a conviction.
You Do Not Have Time To Spare. Call Now.
The prosecution is not wasting time in building the case against you. It is in your best interest to have our experienced team working to protect your interests. Call 405-389-2260 or submit our contact form to schedule a consultation. From our office in Norman, we work with clients throughout Cleveland, Grady and McClain counties.