As a citizen of the United States, you have the right to an attorney when charged with a criminal offense. When it comes to creating a compelling defense to reduce or eliminate the charges against you, don't let just anyone represent you. The savvy attorneys at Erie Trial Lawyers will guide you every step of the way, from arrest to pre-trial to courtroom, helping you clear your name and your standing.
The Constitution affords U.S.citizens — anywhere from Portland, OR to Erie, PA — to a number of fundamental rights. They include a right to a fair trial, the right to equal protection under the law, the right against self-incrimination ("pleading the Fifth"), the right to a fair and impartial jury, the right to cross-examine witnesses testifying against you, and the right to recruit witnesses to testify on your behalf. Your criminal defense attorney will make sure you have a clear understanding of these and all your rights and use them to your advantage.
Most criminal cases do not go to trial, ending in a plea bargain instead. A plea bargain is an admission of guilt in exchange for a reduced sentence. When improper procedure is suspected or an arrest happened without probable cause, charges may be dropped altogether.
As soon after your arrest as possible. The criminal defense attorney will immediately give you careful instructions and negotiate on your behalf.