As Cincinnati criminal defense lawyers, we at Patituce & Associates often talk to clients who have questions about Ohio laws and how to fight criminal charges against them. This criminal defense FAQ page answers some of the most common questions.
What Do You Charge for Your Legal Services?
The answer to that question is based in large part on our approach. We have fairly standard fees for every type of case we handle, and we have very favorable payment options for our clients. However, we cannot determine what the exact fee will be until we determine what it is you wish to obtain out of our business relationship.
For example, often, an individual who was charged with a DUI will want us to merely show up and help him or her plea “no contest.” We charge a different fee if that same individual would like us to fight to have the evidence suppressed or have a full-blown trial.
The bottom line is this: Every arrest or citation is different. So we’ll tell you exactly what it’s going to cost up-front, and we’ll work with you on taking care of our fees.
What Should I Do If I’m Arrested?
If you are arrested, it is important to remain calm and remember your rights. You have the right to remain silent and to speak with an attorney. You should exercise these rights and not answer any questions or make any statements until you have spoken with a lawyer.
If you are arrested, you should ask to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. You have the right to remain silent except you are required to tell the police your name and identify yourself.
It is also a good idea to let someone you trust know that you have been arrested and provide them with your location and any other relevant information. This person can then contact a lawyer on your behalf and help ensure that your rights are protected.
Do not discuss your case with anyone other than your lawyer and remember you are innocent until proven guilty.
Should I Answer Questions From the Police?
It is important to remain silent if you are arrested because anything you say can be used as evidence against you in court. This is especially true if you are unable to speak with a lawyer before making a statement.
Even if you are guilty of a crime, it can be difficult for the prosecutor to prove it without your own admission of guilt or other incriminating evidence. By remaining silent and speaking with a lawyer, you can protect yourself and ensure that your rights are upheld throughout the legal process.
Officers may try to trick you into offering up a statement by making small talk. You should calmly tell them you want to wait until your attorney is present before speaking with them.
Once you insist on your right to have your attorney present, the police must stop talking to you. Do not let yourself be made to believe that talking to an attorney before the police will hurt you in any possible way.
Can the Police Lie When Questioning Me?
Yes. It is not uncommon for investigators to lie to you in order to get you to say something incriminating. For example, if you and another person were arrested at the same time, the police may lie and tell you that the other individual is going to blame the alleged offense on you if you don’t tell them your side of the story.
Again, exercise your Fifth Amendment right and wait until your attorney is present before speaking to the police.
What Should I Do If the Police Ask to Interview Me, My Spouse, or My Child?
It is important to always be respectful when interacting with the police, as they are just doing their job. However, it is also important to remember that you and your loved ones have rights that must be protected. If you are asked by a police officer, investigator, or detective to come in for questioning, even if it is not a formal interview, it is a good idea to speak with a lawyer before agreeing to do so.
Your lawyer will be able to advise you on the best course of action and can even accompany you to the interview if it is in your best interests. At Patituce & Associates, attorneys are always available to their clients for such consultations and will only agree to an interview if it is in the client’s best interests.
What Should I Do If Officers Come to Search My Home?
It is important to remain calm and respectful when interacting with the police, even if you feel that your rights are being violated. Do not swear at or yell at the officers, and avoid making any statements or signing any documents until you have spoken with a lawyer. If the police officers have a search warrant, you can politely request a copy of it and then consult with an attorney before proceeding.
If the officers do not have a search warrant, you can politely decline their request to enter your property or search your belongings and instead request to speak with a lawyer. At Patituce & Associates, we have extensive experience handling the technicalities of searches and can help you protect your rights.
If the police do not have a search warrant and you are detained or arrested, it is important to remember that you have the right to a lawyer and to remain silent until you have spoken with one.
Is Pleading No Contest a Good Idea?
It is generally not advisable to plead “no contest” to a crime if you have been arrested or are under criminal investigation. Instead, you should enter a plea of “not guilty” in order to have the opportunity to hire a lawyer and fully understand the evidence against you.
It is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible after being arrested or learning that you are under investigation, as this will give you the best chance of mounting an effective defense. Do not try to handle a criminal case on your own, as the stakes are too high and the legal system is complex.
At Patituce & Associates, our legal team can speak with the police and prosecutors handling your case, assess the evidence against you, and develop a personalized defense strategy to protect your rights and freedom throughout the legal process.
We can explain your options and counsel you on whether taking a plea deal is in your best interest.
What Should I Do If the Police Ask Me to Work With Them?
You must understand that cooperating with law enforcement officials may not be in your best interests, especially if they ask you to make a transaction or wear a wire to help them arrest someone else.
The attorneys at Patituce & Associates have years of experience working with police officers. We will gladly set up a meeting with the police on your behalf if it would be beneficial for you.
What If the Police and Alleged Victim Have Lied in the Police Report?
If the police or the alleged victim have lied in the police report, you need to hire a lawyer to defend you from false allegations. Don’t talk to the police yourself, as anything you say can be used against you.
At Patituce & Associates, our criminal defense attorneys have decades of experience. After reviewing all the evidence with you, we will fight aggressively to defend you and expose any lies.
How Do I Schedule an Appointment With Patituce & Associates, LLC?
You can set up an appointment with us by calling 513-657-2440 anytime 24/7! You can also fill out our online contact form.
We understand your life is very busy. We can meet with you at our Cincinnati defense law firm outside of normal business hours. For example, we can meet with you before work, after work, or on a weekend.