If you've been charged with a crime, the first thing you need to do is hire a criminal defense attorney to protect your rights. This is essential, as the laws surrounding criminal charges can vary greatly depending on the severity of the offense. If you’re in need of dedicated and zealous legal representation in Oklahoma, you've found it at Hamel Law Firm. David Hamel is a former Marine with a passion for making sure his clients are represented to the fullest extent of the law. David prides himself on being responsive to his clients and returning phone calls and emails promptly.
Not sure if you need to retain a lawyer? Read on to find out why expert legal representation is essential.
1. The legal environment is ever changing; what was legal yesterday, may not be tomorrow. Lawyers are trained and equipped with the proper tools and channels to keep current with this environment.
2. You won't save by not hiring an attorney to represent you. Criminal cases have the potential to affect the rest of your life - there is no amount of money that is worth not having effective representation.
3. The handling of evidence by the Government and its agents is a very fact-intensive area of law and it's unique to criminal law. Criminal defense attorneys handle and challenge the Government in this area daily and have a unique skill set to do so. Procedures are NOT a technicality or rule, they're a fixture of the law; if not performed correctly, the Government's actions are illegal.
4. Legal documents have to be filed properly and on time for them to be considered allowable by the court. Attorneys know the ins and outs of the court system and are accustomed to filing this paperwork - if you're not an attorney, you may struggle with these deadlines and protocols.
5. Hiring the right attorney to defend you and your interests is the first and most important step in criminal matters. No lawyer can guarantee you an outcome, but the right attorney will be equipped with the knowledge and experience to give you options, because the right lawyer is a zealous negotiator and not afraid to go to trial.