If you have been arrested or received a criminal citation, you may be tempted to simply accept the consequences so you can put the experience behind you as quickly as possible.
In almost every situation, it pays to consult a criminal defense lawyer before deciding how to respond to a criminal arrest. Criminal convictions, even for misdemeanor crimes, can have serious long-range consequences that you may not be aware of.
My name is Dontrice P. Hamilton, and I am a Rockville criminal defense lawyer serving Montgomery County, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. If you have been arrested, I encourage you to contact me for a free 10-minute consultation to learn about your legal options.
I handle a broad range of felony and misdemeanor criminal cases, including:
- Domestic violence/protective orders
- DUI arrests
- Traffic tickets
- Drug possession
- Drug trafficking
- White collar crimes
- Gun crimes
- Theft crimes including shoplifting
Do Not Talk To The Police: Talk To A Criminal Defense Lawyer As Soon As Possible After An Arrest
The two biggest mistakes made by people facing criminal charges — especially on a first offense — are:
- Trying to explain themselves to the police
- Putting off talking to a criminal defense lawyer
A criminal defense attorney is the first and only person you should talk to after an arrest or criminal citation. Trying to explain yourself to the police or a judge is generally not a good idea — you have the right to remain silent for a very good reason, and I encourage you to use that right.
A criminal defense lawyer can explain the criminal process to you and help you negotiate with the district attorney's office to reduce or eliminate the negative consequences of the arrest. A criminal defense attorney will have more reliable advice than a friend or family member who has been arrested.
Contact A Silver Spring Drug Charge Lawyer
Contact me to schedule a free 10-minute consultation regarding your criminal case.