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Have You Been Arrested? What to Do Next.

If you have been arrested and charged with a criminal offense, then you need to take some steps to provide for your future and prepare for your case. These cases are important to act fast in and any delays can put you at risk for a less solid defense. First, it is vital that you remain silent. Police officers can lie to you in order to elicit a confession or enough information to obtain a conviction in your case. In addition, according to the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, you have the right to remain silent, as anything you say could be used against you in court. They will already be looking for information to use against you and you don't want to give them anything that they can twist and turn around to make you look guilty. Wait until your attorney is there and they let you know when it is ok to speak up. The police are not there to help you and they are looking for ways to build a case.

Second, you must seek legal representation as soon as possible. It is true that you may represent yourself in court; however, you will be up against a skilled prosecutor who practices in this area of law on a daily basis. Don't wait to obtain an attorney. Officers will start the case against you from the second they begin suspecting you. Already you are at a disadvantage. You don't want to wait and allow for the case against you to continue to develop with beginning defense. With the proper representation, you can aggressively combat the onslaught of accusations against you and you can have assistance in any discussion that you may have with investigators. Facing criminal charges can be one of the more difficult situations that you will face in your life, so it is important that you take the necessary precautions in your case to provide for your future. You should contact a professional as soon as you become a suspect or you are arrested.

After you are taken into custody and booked, the arraignment will take place and you will be formally read the charges against you and then asked how you plead. At this point you and your attorney should have come to a decision on how you will move forward. There may be the option to negotiate and a professional will be able to deal with this aspect. They can also start their own investigation to look into any information that is in your favor. A bail amount may also be set and in order to be released this will need to be met in some way. It is important that you start taking every effort to work with your attorney and avoid any behavior that the prosecution may try to use. Start by speaking with a professional that can point you in the right direction and carry your case through from start to finish.

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At Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C., we are dedicated to providing excellent representation for our clients, and we can put our experience to work for you. With more than 22 years of experience in handling various criminal defense cases, we are more than adequately prepared to assist you in your situation. We operate alongside our clients in a collaborative effort to pursue the best possible outcome in each case that we handle. We take the time to understand your situation and we work to provide you with the skillful and aggressive representation that you need. Seek our representation in your case today to effectively pursue a favorable outcome for your case.

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Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C. - Lafayette Criminal Defense Attorney
Located at 600 Jefferson St., Chase Towers, Suite 508,
Lafayette, LA 70501.
Phone: (888) 527-4716.
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600 Jefferson St.,
Suite 508
Lafayette, LA 70501
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643 Magazine St,
New Orleans, LA 70130