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San Antonio Federal Criminal Lawyers

October 7, 2021

Have you recently become aware of the fact that federal law enforcement officials in San Antonio are investigating you? Have you already been charged with one or more federal crimes? Regardless of your guilt or innocence, such events can rightfully create an incredible level of anxiety for you. Will you have to spend years or decades in prison? Will you have to pay tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines? These are legitimate concerns for people in your shoes. At this moment in your life, you need all of the help that you can get.

Hiring a criminal defense attorney in San Antonio can seem like a monumental event. Some people delay doing so because they want to minimize legal expenses. Others delay because they feel confident that they will be found innocent or that the charges will be dropped. While these are common thoughts, the reality is that you need to hire a defense attorney as soon as possible. More than that, the attorney you select should be the right professional for your unique case.

Why You Need to Start Searching for a Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
When you think about a defense lawyer, the vision of a suited professional arguing your case in a courtroom may come to mind. This is understandably an important aspect of the federal legal process, but it is only one of many steps in that process. Your attorney should ideally be involved in all steps, and this begins as soon as you become aware of an investigation. Perhaps your home or office has recently been searched or you have been called for questioning. These are sure signs that you need to start your search for a criminal defense lawyer. When your attorney is involved in the case at this stage in the process, he or she will confirm that your rights are upheld. He or she may also offer advice regarding actions and statements so that you do not unintentionally incriminate yourself.

In some cases, the accused will not learn about an investigation until the time of an arrest. You need a criminal defense attorney’s representation at this time for a few primary reasons. Your arrest will be immediately followed by an initial hearing where bail will be discussed and set. Your attorney could help you to fight for a more reasonable bail amount. In addition, when your attorney is involved right away, you give him or her more time to develop a defense.

Several months may pass in between your arrest and your trial. During this time, your attorney will represent you through discovery, plea bargaining and pre-trial motions. Plea bargaining is a positive outcome in many situations, but it should not be the first option. Your attorney should be willing to take your case all the way to trial if that is in your best interest. These steps are followed by the actual trial, post-trial sentencing if you are convicted and one or more appeals in some instances. Each stage in the legal process has an impact on the outcome of the case, and each requires the expertise of a skilled lawyer.

Selecting the Right Lawyer for Your Case
There is a wide range of federal crimes that you could be charged with. These are generally broken down into broad categories, such as sex crimes, drug crimes, white-collar crimes and more. In each category, there are many unique crimes. As you search for a criminal defense lawyer, you may notice that some attorneys advertise their services broadly for all crimes. Others focus on a specific group, such as only working on drug cases. To build an effective defense for you, your lawyer must be intimately familiar with the subject of the case, proven defense strategies for those types of charges and relevant case law. The last thing that you want is for a lawyer with no experience in drug crimes to represent you in a distribution case.

As you dig deeper with your research, it is important to pay attention to the types of cases that a lawyer has experience with. While some may offer services for all types of sex crimes, for example, the subject matter of an internet sex crimes case may differ dramatically from aggravated assault sex crimes. You may not find this level of specificity through online research. With this in mind, you should inquire about specialization during an initial consultation. The consultation is also your time to inquire about success rates related to reduced charges, plea bargains, dropped charges and more.

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Our criminal defense lawyers at Spodek Law Group want to speak with you about your case. We have more than five decades of combined experience in a wide range of criminal cases. At the federal level, these range from white-collar crimes to drug crimes and more. To set up a consultation with one of our attorneys in San Antonio, contact our office today.

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