MILLER LAW OFFICE

      R. Aaron Miller, Esq.    

CRIMINAL DEFENSE

Okay, you find yourself charged with a criminal offense.  Now what?  The idea of being "innocent until proven guilty" is certainly a great ideal, but it does not work out very well practically.  You first need to understand that the cop, the prosecutor, the judge, and jury all think that you are guilty as soon as you walk into a courtroom.  In our society the idea of being presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt works well in the movies.  However, for most juries "probably guilty" is good enough for a conviction.


Here are some things that may help in the defense of your case.


1. You have the right to remain silent.  Don't talk to the cops or prosecutor until you have talked to your criminal defense lawyer.

2.  Upon being arrested or charged, contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately.  As time passes evidence is "lost" that could be helpful to your defense.

3.  Make sure that you listen to the questions that your lawyer asks you and answer those questions honestly.  The last person that you want to lie to is the person trying to keep you alive or out of prison or jail.

4.  Work with your lawyer rather than against your lawyer.  It is important that you, as a client, understand that, while your lawyer may be friendly, he or she is not your friend.  It is a lawyer's duty to tell you things that you may not want to hear because those things are in your best interest.

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