Richmond Virginia Criminal Defense Attorney
You’ve been arrested. One of three thoughts is probably going through your mind right now:
- 1) I can’t believe I was that stupid
- 2) I can’t believe I got caught
- 3) I can’t believe I was just arrested because I did not commit a crime
No matter which particular thought is going through your mind, you are probably scared, particularly if you have never been arrested or been to prison/jail. And depending on the seriousness of the crime for which you have been charged, you may be feeling an overwhelming sense of anxiety.
“I can’t believe I was that stupid”
If you fall under this category, all is not lost. There are things a good lawyer can do to help you in your situation. Several statutes can exist that may help you to keep a criminal conviction off your record. And there are many ways to keep you out of jail even if you are convicted.
“I can’t believe I got caught”
If you fall under this category, the Commonwealth or Government has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of the crime for which you have been charged. But just because the police say they caught you does not necessarily mean that they have the evidence to prove it. A good criminal defense lawyer will know the difference.
“I can’t believe I was just arrested because I did not commit a crime!”
Being accused and/or charged with a crime you didn’t commit is a terrifying situation to find yourself in. It is everyone’s worst nightmare to go to prison for a crime they did not commit. Unfortunately, the reality is that innocent people go to prison every day in this country. Our system of criminal justice is not perfect and you need an attorney who believes in you and is willing to fight tooth and nail to see that you are exonerated.
What to do
First things first: stay quiet
Now is not the time to start trying to explain your way out of anything to the police because you have already been charged. If the police thought you were innocent they would not have arrested you in the first place. Nor is it time for you to “get your story straight” because you don’t know what evidence the government may have against you, so you don’t necessarily know what the story is going to be.
Next, speak with your lawyer
The next thing you do is to get a good lawyer on board. The lawyer will be able to obtain some of the evidence and speak on your behalf. Your lawyer will also know what strategy is best for your particular case.
As a Richmond criminal defense attorney practicing in Virginia, I have had the opportunity to represent people charged with a variety of crimes, from theft to first degree murder. When the government has charged you with a crime and is attempting to take away your freedom, the weight of the heavy hand of law enforcement can be overwhelming. I have a real passion for representing individuals against the government. It is not because I’m pro-crime or don’t believe that people should be punished for committing crimes, it’s because I believe that every individual has the right to have an advocate fight on his or her behalf against the power of the State. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office and schedule a consultation. It would be my pleasure to represent you against whatever they may say you have done.
-Horace F. Hunter, Attorney at law, Hunter & Lipton LLP
Ph: (804) 780-1235
Fax: (804) 780-2355
217 East Clay Street
Richmond, Va 23219