criminal defense

Charged With a Crime? Here’s What You Should Know

Wooden gavel and books on wooden tableThe criminal justice system is crucial to the framework of our society. Even so, the system has its share of flaws. This is why it is of utmost importance to obtain quality legal representation if you’ve been charged with a crime. An experienced criminal defense attorney will work to obtain the best possible outcome for your case. In addition to obtaining representation, it’s also helpful to understand the basics of criminal law and how they might relate to you.

How Charges Are Filed 

When a person gets arrested, the arresting officer prepares the police report. This report contains details about the offense and information about the person or people who were arrested. The police report is brought before the prosecutor, who either decides if criminal charges are to be filed or sends the case before the grand jury. This process is called an indictment.

This process usually takes place very soon after the arrest. Even at such an early point in the case, it’s important to have the services of a criminal defense attorney in order to avoid making detrimental mistakes. Your attorney will help you understand the legal process and what to expect.

Mistakes to Avoid 

There are some things you’ll want to avoid if you’ve been charged with a crime. One of the most damaging mistakes a person charged with a crime can make is to serve as their own defense attorney. Although you may believe that you can best represent yourself, there are so many mistakes that can be made without the proper legal training and experience. The legal system is extremely complex, and attorneys have gone through years of extensive education and training to gain the understanding of it that they possess. Another thing you don’t want to do is make any decisions without first consulting with your attorney. And, it’s wise to avoid discussing details of your case with anyone except your attorney.

Steps to Take 

The first thing you should do if you’ve been charged with a crime is retain quality legal representation. At the Law Office of John C. Fitzpatrick, we have years of experience in the field of criminal defense law. We understand how the criminal justice system works, and we’ll work hard to represent your best interests and achieve the best possible outcome. We handle cases involving breaking and entering, drug offenses, DUI/DWI, larceny, embezzlement and more.

So if you’ve been charged with a crime, don’t delay. Contact us today to schedule your 100% confidential consultation. We serve the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill areas and are standing by to serve you!