Our Criminal Defense Practice
If you've been arrested for a crime, then you are probably experiencing one of the most stressful times of your life. For most people, a criminal charge brings with it a great deal of apprehension as to what the future holds. It is our goal to provide you not only with excellent legal representation, but also with peace of mind by alleviating some of the uncertainty you are experiencing. Our criminal defense matters are handled primarily by attorney Giles Jones. Giles has extensive experience in defending clients charged with state and federal offenses. On this page, we will try to provide you with some "real world" answers to questions you may have, as well as an overview of the criminal defense services we provide. Please scroll down for more information
Frequently Asked Questions
I've been charged with a crime. Now what should I do?
The short answer is: If you've been charged with a crime, you really need to retain the services of an attorney as soon as possible. Many times, people wait until they have been indicted or have received a notice of arraignment before they begin to seek the services of an attorney. Even worse, at almost every arraignment, we see those poor souls who come to court unrepresented by counsel under the mistaken assumption that a public defender will be appointed to defend them. Many of those people are in for a rude awakening when they discover that they don't qualify for court appointed counsel. They then are left scrambling to find some attorney, any attorney, to represent them in their rapidly approaching trial. Those that are unsuccessful in obtaining an attorney on such short notice find themselves in a very precarious position. That person will have to decide between attempting to defend themself at trial or giving in and accepting the plea offered by the district attorney. You don't want to be one of those people.
In addition to the reasons mentioned above, there are many tactical advantages to obtaining legal representation as soon as possible after your arrest. Most importantly, it gives your attorney the time to fully investigate your case and to determine any defenses that may be available. If you've been charged with a crime and are not represented by counsel, then you're putting yourself at a distinct disadvantage. You can bet that law enforcement investigators and the district attorney's office are working hard to put together a solid case that results in your conviction. If you're sitting around unrepresented for the months or even years between your arrest and the indictment, then you are playing a very dangerous game. Such a delay can result in a fading of the recollection of key witnesses that can testify in your defense, as well as the loss of other evidence that may be important to your case. (Video surveillance footage is an example that immediately comes to mind.) Add to this that those same key defense witnesses may move around and be impossible to locate when you need them.
Do you have questions about our services?
Contact us at 706 625-2233 or via our contact form.