No one ever wants to be investigated by the police, much less arrested or indicted. If you have been charged or are being accused of committing any crime, your first call should be to a Charleston criminal lawyer. An attorney at Howell & Christmas will fight passionately for your rights and will help you make the constitutional protections in the criminal justice system work for you- no matter what criminal charges you face.
After being accused of a crime, it is natural to be afraid for your future and concerned about what comes next. Schedule your consultation with a criminal attorney today to learn about how to make strategic choices and to get an advocate on your side as you build your defense. At Howell & Christmas, our attorneys will work hard to protect you. Call us today to learn how we can help and to get answers to questions including:
- Do I need a criminal lawyer?
- What are my options for responding to criminal charges?
- How can a Charleston criminal lawyer help me?
If police want to question you or if you are arrested, you need a criminal lawyer. If you have any reason to believe you may be a suspect in the commission of a crime, insist on calling a lawyer before you talk to law enforcement. Having a lawyer does not make you look guilty- it helps to ensure your rights are protected and to ensure you do not accidentally say anything to incriminate yourself. Even innocent people can be made to look guilty, so never assume that you don’t need legal representation even when you know you did not commit the crime you have been accused of.
Howell & Christmas helps clients facing all kinds of criminal charges. We provide representation in cases including:
- Drug crimes
- Felony and misdemeanor offenses
- Assault and domestic violence
- Sex crimes
- Bank fraud and white collar crimes
- Theft, robbery, and burglary
- Violent crimes including homicide
We will be there at every step of responding to your charges, so matter how serious the allegations are against you. We believe passionately that the criminal justice system works only when every defendant has a great lawyer and is considered innocent until proven guilty.
What are My Options for Responding to Criminal Charges?
When you are charged with a crime, you can:
- Try to get charges dropped;
- Try to plead not guilty and win in court; or
- Try to negotiate a plea deal to reduce charges.
The best course of action can vary significantly depending upon risk tolerance and depending upon the nature of the evidence against you. When you decide to plead not guilty, you have different options including raising affirmative defenses (like self defense) and/or trying to introduce doubt about guilt.
Whatever course of action you choose, you need to know the law and make informed choices about how best to try to reduce the possibility of a conviction or serious penalties. A criminal defense lawyer can help.
How Can a Charleston Criminal Defense Lawyer Help You?
Howell & Christmas will provide invaluable assistance when you are facing charges that could change your life. We’ll review the evidence, fight to keep illegally obtained evidence from being used against you, and work hard to get charges dropped or a not guilty verdict. We try to resolve your case quickly, and cost-effectively, with an outcome you can live with. To learn more about how we can help you, give us a call today.