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Importance of Hiring an Attorney

Why You Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer

One of the most common questions we hear when we meet with potential clients is, "Do I really need to hire a lawyer?" Some of those who ask this question think that the case may be simple enough that they can represent themselves in court, while others believe that the evidence against them is so overwhelming that there is no hope of fighting the charges. While you are legally entitled to represent yourself, it is almost never advisable that you do so. The stakes are simply too high in this situation for you to afford taking any chances with the outcome, and the odds will be stacked against you.

Don't Talk to the Police

The first thing you must realize is that neither the police nor the prosecutor are your friends, and not even the judge can be counted upon to look out for your best interests. The investigators may take on a very friendly attitude when speaking with you, but keep in mind that their job is to solve crimes, and they are talking to you, because they think you are guilty. Anything you say can be used as evidence against you, and they are likely to try to get you to make statements which could be construed as a confession. You cannot expect that by explaining your side of the story during questioning or in court that you will be able to clear the situation up-as obvious as it may appear to you that you are innocent, you would not be charged with a crime unless there was already compelling evidence of your guilt. You need an attorney to speak on your behalf, help you avoid making self-incriminating statements and to advise you of your rights and your legal options.

We Can Help You Pursue the Best Possible Outcome

You may think that there is no hope of avoiding a conviction and believe that your only chance of staying out of jail is to accept a plea bargain from the prosecutor. While this is true in some cases, it rarely occurs that the prosecutor's first offer is the best offer. We may be able to negotiate far better terms such as a reduced charge, less time on probation or less restrictive terms of probation, or even a diversion program which would help you avoid being convicted altogether. Even better, we might be able to file a motion to have the charges dismissed before trial, such as if your Constitutional right against unreasonable search and seizure was violated by a DUI stop without probable cause or a drug crime arrest without a warrant. There are most likely options which you simply would not be aware of without extensive experience in the criminal justice system.

Let Our Courtroom Experience Work for You

Most of our clients have never before been arrested, and have never gone before a judge on criminal charges. This lack of familiarity means that they fail to realize what a stressful and intimidating experience this can be. Standing up before a crowded courtroom and attempting to defend yourself against criminal allegations when your future is threatened by a possible conviction and time in jail or prison can be challenging to say the least. Even the smallest mistake or ignorance of court procedure could mean losing the case. Why take such risks? Instead, contact us at Seaton Law Offices, P.A. Our lead attorney is a former Assistant Attorney General, a background which makes us uniquely well-suited to take on even the most difficult cases.

Let us help you find your way out of the criminal justice system so that you can get your life back on track. Call us today at (850) 972-2524.

Reasons To Choose Attorney Seaton:

  • Over 10 Years of Legal Experience

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers

  • Numerous Cases Successfully Litigated

  • Free Consultations to Retired/Active Military & Law Enforcement

  • Proudly Represents in the Entire 14th Circuit

  • Admitted to the 11th Circuit