Do I Need a Lawyer?
Facing criminal charges is always a serious matter. Just being charged is extremely stressful, embarrassing and time consuming. Being convicted can lead to jail time or a prison sentence, it can come with restrictive and expensive conditions of probation and sometimes impact other areas of your life such as immigration and employment.
Given the serious consequences it’s vital that you protect your rights. DON’T PLEAD GUILTY IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO. The attorneys at The Chastaine Law Office are trained to find weaknesses in even the strongest cases. They collect and evaluate every piece of evidence to come up with creative ideas to help your case. When the facts don’t provide a viable defense, that’s when you need a professional negotiator to mitigate the damage and get you the best possible resolution.
A prosecutor’s favorite kind of defendant is an unrepresented defendant. Too often prosecutors charge crimes they can’t support, enhancements they can’t prove and make plea offers unjustified by the facts. They rely on a defendant being scared and wanting to resolve their case as quickly as possible. You don’t want to look back and wonder if you really had to plead guilty. Attorneys at The Chastaine Law Office protect you from pleading if you don’t have to and ensure you’re getting the best possible offer if you do end up pleading.
Most people believe that hiring an attorney is too expensive, but good representation is a BARGAIN compared to the cost of incarceration and the loss of your rights.