I get this question a lot – do I really need an attorney? And if I do, how quickly do I need to hire one? The answer is fairly simple. If you’re involved in the legal system, or there’s even a possibility you may be, you should have an attorney. If you need one, you should hire one immediately.
I practice in a few different areas of law, but it’s same across the board – most, if not all, legal situations require an attorney. Why? Take Criminal Defense, for example. From the moment you come in contact with the police, they are looking for ways to convict you. You have certain rights available to you, and those rights need to be protected.
I wouldn’t even go in front of a judge for a traffic ticket without an attorney. Sometimes, it’s not as simple as whether you did it or not. With all crimes, there are certain things that must be proven, and an attorney will know how to adequately fight the case. Also, there are certain defenses that may be available for any number of charges, and the attorney is in the best position to understand when these defenses apply and how to successfully present them. Even the most clear-cut case may be winnable with the help of a good attorney.
In Personal Injury cases, you need to start preserving evidence immediately after the incident. You also want to have somebody for any insurance adjusters, witnesses, and possible plaintiffs to communicate with so you don’t say or do anything that could harm your case. Again, an attorney should be hired immediately.
I have a family member who was in a car accident a few years ago. She sustained injuries, and at the time didn’t know how lingering the effects may be or how they would affect her life. Back then, I was working at another firm that didn’t handle Personal Injury cases and I had signed a no moonlighting agreement, so I couldn’t help her. I suggested to her that she hire a Personal Injury attorney right away, which she did, and I’m glad she followed that advice. There were a lot of unexpected issues that came up, both with the other driver’s insurance carrier and her medical treatment, and she would have been lost if she didn’t have that attorney to guide her through the process and advocate on her behalf.
The same is true for the other areas of law that I practice – Workers Compensation, Social Security Disability, and Animal Law. Even if you don’t know that you’ll get criminal charges, or that you’ll be out of work for an extended period of time, or that your injuries will linger, you should have someone on your side, ensuring that your rights are protected and that you’re giving yourself the best chance at a positive outcome in your case.
If you’ve found yourself involved in the legal system in any way, you need a qualified attorney. Contact The Fliszar Firm today to schedule a free consultation and make sure your rights are protected.