Most people never expect to find themselves charged with a crime. It can be a bewildering experience. If you are questioned or investigated in a crime, you probably need an attorney. The police may question you about your knowledge of things, people or events. It may sound very simple at first, but if things turn serious, you should request to speak to an attorney immediately. At this point, the authorities are required to let you call a lawyer once you’ve asked for one.
You basically need an attorney who practices law in the jurisdiction where you are being questioned or charged. For example, if you live in Maryland and are arrested in Silver Spring, you need a Maryland criminal defense lawyer. If you live in Washington, DC, but you are arrested for a crime in Baltimore, you still need a Maryland criminal defense attorney. Different types of lawyers handle different types of cases. If you are charged with violating a state or federal law, you would need a Maryland criminal defense attorney who can represent you in the state or federal jurisdiction where you are charged. Not all lawyers handle all types of defense.
Hecht & Associates provides legal defense for those charged with state and federal crimes in Maryland and DC. We provide legal representation and advice for those charged with any type of misdemeanor or felony, including very serious crimes. We also handle drinking and driving and traffic offenses.
Everyone charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. When faced with possible charges, it is wise to call a lawyer. The police are not going to look out for your best interests; they are trying to solve a crime. You need someone on your side to make sure that all procedures are properly followed and you are treated fairly.
A criminal attorney assists you with your case from questioning or interrogation through all steps of the process, including arrest, arraignment, preliminary hearings, trials, incarceration and appeal.
One common misconception that people have is that only the innocent need a criminal lawyer. If you have been charged with a crime, you need a criminal lawyer. If you did commit the crime, you still need someone to represent your interests, make sure you are treated fairly and can present a strong defense for the best possible outcome to your case.