What mistakes should I avoid when facing misdemeanor charges in Georgia?

Getting arrested and facing criminal charges in the Peach State can be a frightening and confusing experience, especially if it's your first serious brush with law enforcement. Not knowing what to do—or what to expect from the criminal justice system and its major players (police, prosecutors, etc.)—is understandable. Unfortunately, when it comes to Mistakes to Avoid Sticky NotesGeorgia criminal cases, what you don't know can hurt you.

If you don't know the relevant legal statutes inside and out, it's easy to make errors that are detrimental to your case. Hiring a highly-skilled Atlanta criminal law attorney to build a strong defense and represent your interests can help you avoid potentially harmful missteps.

Not Hiring a Lawyer Is One of the Biggest Mistakes

Not hiring a lawyer—or waiting too long to hire defense representation—is one of the biggest mistakes you can make in a criminal case. Involving an attorney in your case from the very beginning is essential to protecting your rights and future.

Without legal counsel, you might be tempted to make one of the most significant errors you can make as a defendant: giving up your right to remain silent. Asserting this right is vital, as anything you say can—and will—be used against you in court. Think coming clean or explaining your innocence to law enforcement will help your situation? It won't. Ask for an attorney, then stop talking.

Once you have a lawyer, that should be the only person you talk to about your case. Conversations between you and your attorney are privileged; conversations between you, your friends, or (even worse) other people involved in the alleged crime can be used against you. Avoid posting about your case on social media for similar reasons.

Skilled Defense for Georgia Misdemeanors

Let Rechtman & Spevak's experienced and skillful defense attorney protect your rights and guide you through each and every step of Georgia's intimidating criminal court process. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation.