If you are arrested, it is a serious situation. Criminal charges generally will have a significant impact on all areas of an individual's life, profession, family, education, etc. so it is vital that the criminal matter be addressed properly in order to minimize the potential negative consequences.
No, the Constitution of the United States, as well as the Federal and State laws, do not require an individual who has been arrested to speak to the authorities, with the exception of providing basic information about one's identity. The decision of whether or not to speak to law enforcement is a very important one and it should be evaluated with your lawyer as soon as possible. If you are a suspect or think you could become a suspect, you are within your rights to request a lawyer before speaking with any law enforcement officer. By law, everything you say to your lawyer is protected by the attorney-client privilege. Anything you say to law enforcement officers can be held against you.
Before we formally begin representing you, it's important to have an initial consultation-an introductory meeting where we assess your case and go over the main issues. During this initial consultation, we'll also take a preliminary look at any relevant information (paperwork, records, etc.) and discuss terms. At the end of the consultation, we'll either accept representation and become your lawyers or refer you to another trusted, local attorney who may be better suited to your needs.
If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury because of someone else's fault, it is important to obtain as much information as possible in order to make an educated decision about your legal options. A lawyer can help protect your rights in a case involving personal injury or negligence. You are not obligated to file a claim, but an experienced law firm can offer advice about your options and then you can decide whether or not to pursue legal action.
B & I attorneys approaches each case with a client-centered philosophy. That means that you will be well informed at all stages of the litigation. We've found that clear communication is the cornerstone of effective representation. Our lawyers make sure that you are part of the process each step of the way.