Criminal Law St. George
Palmer Litigation in St. George is a Law Firm that understands the justice system is not perfect and things are not always as they appear. We never disclose your private personal or case information, we protect your privacy when discussing your case, and we never violate your trust.
One of the most important decisions you will make after being arrested for a criminal offense is the attorney you choose to represent you. Whether your case is DUI Defense, Domestic Violence related, Petty Theft, protective order or a stalking defense Palmer Litigation can help. Having a reputable attorney by your side will increase your chances of winning your case.
The representation you choose will impact the rest of your life, as well as that of your family. If you are looking for an aggressive criminal law attorney in St. George that is approachable at an affordable rate then contact Palmer Litigation today for a free confidential consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Hiring A Criminal Defense Attorney
Deciding, when to hire a criminal defense lawyer, is easy: as soon as possible when facing a criminal charge. Ideally, it’s best to have your criminal defense attorney beside you upon arrest, which is not always practicable. If you are seeking a defense lawyer in Southern Utah post-arrest, do it as soon as you can. This will help you avoid falling into legal traps that can have serious consequences later.
Cooperating with law enforcement without giving all the details without your defense attorney present is key. You don’t need to always need to tell an officer everything that they ask. Sometimes you can state that you need to speak to an attorney or say, ‘I don’t feel comfortable answering that question. Cooperation does not mean answering every single question the police officer asks. Such as in a DUI case, you don’t necessarily need to do the field sobriety test, you can say no. Be polite and cooperative while staying mindful of what you are saying without your defense attorney’s guidance.
Bond can be accomplished by the local law enforcement officer informing you what you’re bond amount is according to a bonding schedule. However it may involve going in front of the judge. Generally, when you go in front of the judge you have a few more options.
- Arguments can be stated that may help your case
- Your attorney can argue the bond amount
- The judge may set the bond amount
The criminal arrest process has many stages. You can be arrested, or booked, then there can be a complaint, and then there’s an indictment. An indictment only occurs after a grand jury has met. A grand jury is generally a group of people who have been summoned to appear to a grand jury. They roughly hear thirty different stories or cases a day that is presented by a prosecutor, and then they get to decide whether to issue a true bill. Once a true bill has been signed, it determines that probable cause exists, and an indictment will be issued. The indictment can either be served in person or by certified mail.