McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyer
Protecting Your Rights and Freedom
An arrest is one of the most unsettling and potentially terrifying experiences a person may endure in his or her life. Here is a situation where your entire future is on the line, and the things you say and do from this point on may dramatically impact your freedom.
Make sure you have a knowledgeable McLennan County criminal defense attorney to protect your constitutional rights from the very beginning of your criminal case. Whether you have been formally charged or have been informally accused of a criminal offense, you may be in danger of facing imprisonment and other severe penalties if you are eventually tried and convicted.
Cases We Handle
At Milam & Fanning, PLLC, our McLennan County criminal defense lawyers handle a variety of cases, including:
What To Do After You Are Arrested
Law enforcement can make an arrest when they have probable cause to believe someone committed a crime, they have observed the commission of a crime, or a warrant has been issued against a person. The arresting officer may read you your Miranda Rights, meaning anything you say can and will be used against you in court.
The following are the steps you take after arrest to obtain favorable results in your case:
- Speak with a lawyer – As soon as you are arrested, you should try to get a hold of your attorney. Part of your Miranda Rights is the ability to contact a lawyer.
- Avoid talking to the police – Although the officers may appear to be on your side by claiming you have the chance to tell your side of the story to clear your name, do not say anything unless your attorney is present.
- Plead “not guilty” at arraignment – Your first court appearance is known as “arraignment,” which typically occurs several days following an arrest. When you plead “not guilty,” that forces the prosecution to prove their case against you and give your lawyer more time to find weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and create a comprehensive defense strategy.
- Keep a low profile – Once you’re released from custody, avoid putting yourself in situations where you could cause further legal trouble. Only discuss the details of your case with your lawyer and stay away from social media until the conclusion of your case.
Let Us Fight For You
As a small firm, we don’t treat our clients like just another case number. Our McLennan County criminal defense attorneys provides our clients with effective and personalized legal solutions and helps them get back on the right path. Just because you made a mistake doesn’t mean it should affect the rest of your life.