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Dos and Don’ts as a Defendant

It’s easy to be caught up in the hubbub and complexity of the legal process. For this reason, it is key you know what to do if and when you face criminal charges.  Regardless of the charges against you, there are things you can start doing now that will help you receive the best possible outcome.  These simple dos and don’ts will help you navigate your case more smoothly.

Do:

Consult a lawyer immediately!  Having legal representation will allow you to understand the intricacies of the law and your case.  Further, being represented by a lawyer will give you peace of mind in knowing that there is a dedicated team of professionals on your side.  The Team at The Law Offices of Robert W. Gevers, II, P.C. is passionate about the defense of the accused.  We welcome many kinds of cases (from personal injury to criminal defense) and will fight for your rights not just at every turn, but throughout the entire journey of your case.

Don’t:

Do not talk to friends, family, or a broader audience on social media or text messaging services!  The authorities can seize these digital conversations and use them against you in your court case.  Even the simplest message or social post can spell trouble for your defense.  Don’t put your freedoms on the line; don’t discuss details of your involvement in a case in any medium that can be traced back to you.  This also pertains to jail phone calls.  If you or a loved one are arrested and detained, do not allow any details of the case to be discussed over jail phones — the jail records all phone conversations and these calls can be used against you in court.

It is also important to note that the days of “disappearing messages” via chat services like Snapchat are over.  Even snaps can be retrieved after they disappear from your phone if the authorities request them.

Do:

Keep your mind open!  Listen to the expert advice of your attorney, weigh your options, and pay attention to your defense case.  Oftentimes clients make the mistake of ignoring offered alternatives in favor of a long and expensive jury trial.  Depending on the circumstances of the case, your attorney may be able to negotiate a reduced sentence, reduced charges, or other benefits in leu of a jury trial.  This means less expense for you and your family and a potentially more positive outcome depending on the circumstances of your case.

If you face a jury trial, you need a strong ally by your side.  Our legal professionals at The Law Offices of Robert W. Gevers, II, P.C. are uniquely qualified to provide effective and careful representation when your freedom and liberty are at stake.

The bottom line is to listen to your attorney and pay attention to your case.  With the help of a legal professional, you will be able to determine the best course of action for your case.

Don’t:

Do not speak to the police or other authorities without consulting your lawyer!  If questioned by the authorities, you are not obligated to say anything without having first contacted a legal professional to represent you.  This right is given by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America and protects you from accidentally incriminating yourself.  It is important to be polite but firm when telling the authorities nothing other than “I will not answer any questions without speaking to my lawyer; I invoke my fifth amendment right”.

Do:

Contact the Law Offices of Robert W. Gevers, II, P.C.!  Our firm provides safety, security, and comfort for clients through years of experience in the tri-state area in state and federal courts in nearly every aspect of the law.  Let our expertise, professionalism, and integrity be the cornerstone of your representation — a representation that fights for your liberty, rights, and freedom.

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