Are Criminal Charges Really that Serious?
Yes. While the immediate penalty is obvious – you could go to jail – the lingering effects are often ignored. A criminal conviction stays on your record for life. Remember that box you had to check when applying for school, a lease, or a job: “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” A criminal conviction affects your immediate liberty, and your future opportunities.
What are my Rights?
You have the right to an attorney at “all critical stages” of criminal proceedings. These critical stages occur well before trial. Remember that the police and the prosecutors are professionals whose only job is to prove criminal cases. They spend each and every day before your trial preparing. Every moment you remain unrepresented, you slip a little further behind the State.
Can Young & Valkenet Help?
Yes. Remember that the criminal justice system is designed to be adversarial. That’s why criminal cases are always captioned “The State of Maryland versus [your name]”. Without an attorney, you cannot reasonably oppose the State. And without opposition, the State will railroad you. Our attorneys demand prosecutors comply with pretrial procedures, discovery disclosures, and the Rules of Evidence. We help you present evidence the prosecutors and the police would otherwise ignore or hide.
When Should I Hire Young & Valkenet?
Now! If you wait too long to hire an attorney, the Court may rule that you have waived your right to an attorney by your inaction. Don’t be alone at trial table – call us now! Fill out the contact form, now, and let’s discuss your case.