Charged with a Crime? You Have a Right to an Attorney.
The right to have an attorney when you are accused of a crime is found in the Constitution's 6th Amendment. Specifically, it holds that “in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall…have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.”
In short, when the charges you are facing could result in prison, then you have the right to an attorney. It does not matter whether or not you actually receive jail time. If prison or jail is even a possibility, then you have the right to a lawyer.
You also have the right to hire an attorney of your choice. However, if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you. You are typically not able to choose your court-appointed attorney.
If you can afford an attorney, your best bet is to start by contacting the Robichaux Law Firm for a free consultation. We will make sure your rights are protected as you go through the criminal justice system.
Why the Right to a Criminal Defense Attorney is Important
Someone charged with a crime faces the possibility of losing their rights - the right to be with your family, the right to work, to communicate, to vote, and more. Because of this, a criminal defense attorney is essential to ensure the you have an advocate that understands the legal system in your corner.
A criminal defense attorney often has a positive influence on a client's case. They work hard to prevent their client from being wrongfully convicted or receiving excessive sentences. They make certain the constitutional rights of their clients are protected.
Going through the criminal justice system can be overwhelming and frightening. We are here to assist and to make sure your rights and freedoms are protected.