Howard County Criminal Lawyer: What to Do When You’ve Been Charged with a Crime
When faced with formal charges and the feeling of “impending doom” from the criminal justice system, you need to seek immediate assistance and counsel from a Howard County criminal lawyer.
Regardless of whether you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, you want to take swift action by securing an attorney that you trust to represent you fairly and strongly.
This is especially true when facing charges that result in long jail sentencing or prison time. At the Law Offices of Samuel S. Nalli, we know that sometimes people make mistakes in life and no one is perfect.
Everyone deserves a fair trial and fair legal representation. In the United States, it’s our constitutional right to receive due process without unfair loss of life and liberty, and we want to help you exercise your constitutional right.
The Miranda Warning
If you’ve been arrested and formally charged, you’ve likely received the Miranda warning. The Miranda warning includes your constitutional rights to remain silent and the right to an attorney. It also goes on to warn the arrestee that anything that he or she says can be used against him or her in a court of law.
To sum it up in a nutshell, you do not have to speak with law enforcement without an attorney present. If you cannot afford an attorney, the State will appoint an attorney to represent you. It’s sometimes easy to get caught up in the emotional-ness of an arrest and to start talking.
But you don’t have to. We encourage you to not speak until you’ve met with a Howard County criminal lawyer. In doing so before speaking with an attorney, you’re at risk of compromising any potential successful defense strategy.
The Miranda warning does not generally apply to juveniles – meaning, the Miranda statement is not given to a juvenile when taken into custody. However, juveniles have rights. Law enforcement cannot engage in conversation with a juvenile while in custody without the presence of a parent or guardian. In the State of Maryland, anyone under the age of 18 is considered to be a juvenile.
A key component of our legal services has to do with DUI and DWI charges. Take these seriously. They could impact your life for many years to come. Let us help you for other driving charges as well including driving under suspension and MVA hearings.
Legal Matters We Practice
At the Law Offices of Samuel S. Nalli, we handle the following types of criminal law cases:
- First Degree Murder
- Aggravated Assault