Being charged with a crime is a terrifying ordeal. If you haven't been through the criminal justice system before, you likely have no idea what to expect when it comes to being at the jail, going to court, talking to attorneys, what to expect for paying court costs and fines, possible incarceration, etc. That is why it is so important to hire an attorney from the onset of a criminal case. Many times criminal defendants make statements to police, thinking they are helping their situation, only to make things worse in the long run.
A good, experienced attorney will come see you at the jail (if you are incarcerated) or meet with you right away to make sure you know what to expect, and will instruct you on what to do or not do (or what to not say!) while your case is pending. It is also important to hire an attorney who knows the local courts, prosecutors, and judges so your attorney can best advise you as you go through the process.
Attorney Mike Van Huysse has years of experience defending clients facing criminal charges, ranging from petty misdemeanors to the most serious, capital offense crimes, including criminal sexual conduct, armed robbery, child abuse, and murder. If you or a family member is currently facing criminal charges, contact our office today for a free consultation.