Criminal convictions can change the direction of careers and lifetime opportunities. If you were sick, would you do your own surgery? If you are facing a legal issue, does it make sense to try to defend your criminal case? How many times have we heard, "I'll just go to court and see what 'they' offer me?" Time-and-time again, individuals go into court whether charged with driving under the influence (DUI), domestic assault or some other criminal offense, even a violation of probation, and trust his or her own judgment and opinion to know what is best when defending a criminal case. And, yes, DUI is a criminal case.
So, the question is, "why get a criminal defense attorney?" There are more reasons than can be listed in this blog, but let's point out a few, just to attempt to stress the importance of being represented by a criminal defense attorney.
If you are pulled over and then arrested for DUI, do you know the reasons an officer must have in order to justify the traffic stop? Do you know what an officer is looking for when conducting field sobriety tests during a DUI investigation in order to justify an arrest? What about a traffic stop on the interstate? Do you know what information an officer needs in order to search a vehicle during a traffic stop? How about what information an officer must have in order to obtain a search warrant for your home, business, cell phone or electronic device?
Whether you are arrested for a felony or misdemeanor drug offense, domestic assault, DUI, theft, or any other criminal offense, whether felony or misdemeanor, it is very important to understand that the government must not only be able to prove specific elements of each criminal offense, but the government must also be able to prove that the evidence gathered during the course of the investigation, and even after the arrest, was obtained legally. This is because illegally obtained evidence is subject to being suppressed, or "thrown out," which could have a major impact on the government's ability to prosecute a criminal offense. Why is this so important? Without an experienced criminal defense attorney, how could illegally obtained evidence and a criminal conviction affect custodial rights with children, the ability to rent or lease a home or the ability to continue to pursue opportunities? Even the most insignificant criminal conviction can potentially have the most significant impact on employment opportunities, educational opportunities, travel restrictions, etc. There is no question, occasionally individuals plead guilty to criminal offenses the government cannot prove. Regardless of whether the criminal offense was committed, the government must still be able to prove the evidence and information was gathered lawfully.
Back to the original question, "why get an attorney?" More specifically, "why hire a criminal defense attorney at Parkerson Santel PLLC?" The criminal defense attorneys at the Murfreesboro law firm Parkerson Santel PLLC are all former prosecutors. The Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys at Parkerson Santel PLLC have prosecuted thousands of criminal cases between them. The Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys at Parkerson Santel PLLC know criminal law and know what it takes to defend a criminal case.
Contact Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys at Parkerson Santel PLLC to prepare the defense to your criminal case.