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  • What does a criminal defense lawyer do?Open or Close

    A criminal defense attorney represents a company or person facing criminal charges of all varieties. A defense attorney can speak on his or her client’s behalf, investigate the details of a case and collect evidence or statements, devise defense strategies, negotiate for minimal punishment, and apprise the client of all available options. If you are unsure of what to look for in a criminal defense lawyer, consider his or her experience with your case type, the results of the cases, and overall reputation.

  • If I am under arrest, do I have to speak to the police?Open or Close

    If police take you into custody, a criminal defense lawyer may advise you not to speak to police personnel until you first speak to your attorney. Sometimes, the police will attempt to use your words against you to get a conviction. Wait for your defense lawyer to arrive, who can advise you of how to address the police before you answer any questions.

  • Do I need a lawyer for a misdemeanor arraignment? Open or Close

    The arraignment is the first time a criminal defendant stands before a judge to enter a plea. Typically, a person can navigate this on his or her own. However, having an attorney present at the time of your misdemeanor arraignment can prove beneficial for many unforeseen events or questions.

  • Why should I hire a criminal defense lawyer?Open or Close

    In some instances, the state will assign defendants free criminal lawyers. While these individuals serve their appointed clients, they represent several clients facing many different criminal infractions at once. Hiring an attorney with experience handling your specific type of case may be your best option in getting focused representation and fair treatment.

  • What sort of cases does a criminal defense lawyer take?Open or Close

    Your defense attorney can handle a variety of criminal cases.  The legal team at the Law Firm of S. Joshua Macktaz, Esq. handles a plethora of cases, including assault and battery, drug and narcotics offenses, Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Intoxicated, driving with a suspended driver license, white collar crimes, and shoplifting.

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