When facing a criminal charge, like DUI, felony charges or misdemeanor charges,  your mind is filled with “what ifs” and a lot of unsolicited advice from non-lawyer friends and family.  It is important to hire a criminal defense attorney to represent your interests and protect your freedom.

A criminal conviction could impact your job, relationship, travel plans, and ability to borrow money from a bank or financial institution.  And, it can follow you for many years.

Why Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?

police-lightsCriminal defense attorneys focus on criminal law. A criminal defense attorney, like Jakob McGhie, knows the laws, knows the procedures, and knows all the local processes to effectively represent a person charged with a crime.

Understanding of Criminal Procedures

Criminal defense lawyers have an in-depth understanding of criminal laws. Criminal cases involve specific procedural rules and rules of evidence that dictate how evidence must be presented to the court, how pretrial motions are filed, and how other important aspects of the case are handled. These are often very intricate rules that require a legal professional’s assistance to safely navigate through them. Without the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney could lead to significant mistakes that could jeopardize the rights and freedoms of the accused.

Protection of Rights

From the moment a person is contacted, each and every aspect is observed and analyzed. Contact, Detention, Arrest, are all fact and procedures in a case that can determine your rights and freedoms. A criminal defense lawyer takes all steps to protect your rights.

For example, he or she can ensure that prosecutors or law enforcement officers do not talk to you without his or her presence. He or she can also challenge illegal police conduct, such as making warrantless searches or seizures. He or she can challenge evidence that was illegally obtained and hold the prosecutor to the very high burden of establishing guilt by proof beyond a reasonable doubt. A criminal defense lawyer can seek the dismissal of charges if there is inadequate evidence or inadmissible evidence.

Choosing Althauser Rayan Abbarno

Our Criminal defense attorneys are experienced and ready to fight for your rights and freedoms. If you or someone you know was charged with a crime, contact Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Olympia and Centralia at (360) 754-5844.