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Criminal Defense FAQ

At Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C., we are dedicated to providing our clients with the representation and legal assistance that they need. We accomplish this by providing answers to questions and the aggressive representation required in court. The following are some commonly asked questions that we provide general answers to; if you have further questions, then do not wait to retain our assistance in your case.

Do I need a lawyer?
Yes. It is true that you may legally represent yourself; however, you will be up against a prosecutor who practices in this area of law every day. A skilled representative is often the difference between conviction and dismissal of all charges.

I have been arrested; what should I do first?
Facing arrest and criminal charges can be among the more difficult circumstances you may face in your life. It is important for you to remain silent, utilize your Fifth Amendment rights, and seek legal assistance in your case as soon as possible.

Can police officers lie to me?
Yes. It is a sad reality, but law enforcement officers can lie to you in order to elicit a confession or any other information that could help obtain a conviction. For this reason, it is vital that you have skilled representation on your side that can discern between questions you should and should not answer and ensure that you are not being taken advantage of by law enforcement or prosecutors.

Representing the Criminally Accused

If you have been arrested and charged with a criminal offense, then seek our legal assistance, as you could be convicted of a crime that you did not commit. We understand the severity of your situation and we can put our 22 years of experience to work for you in your case. We are caring, committed, and capable trial attorneys who know the process and have seen how prosecutors operate. Let us work for you!

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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