1. When do I need to contact an attorney?

You should contact an attorney immediately after an arrest, indictment or if you find you are under investigation. You should contact an attorney whenever the police or any type of law enforcement wishes to speak with you. The sooner a Criminal Defense Attorney can analyze your case and determine a course of action, the better your outcome will be.

2. What can I expect from my Criminal Defense Attorney?

Simply put, you want your attorney to listen to you, to clearly explain things to you, to be available for questions…and have answers. You want him to evaluate options and communicate the best course of action. And of course you want him to have the experience to be able to effectively guide you through the maze of the criminal justice system. At Bienenfeld Law, we do not judge our clients. We see the relationship as a partnership where open and honest communication is a given. Our job is to provide the best defense we can for our clients, regardless of circumstances or whether they are guilty or innocent.  We will be there for them, fighting for their rights.

3. What about bail?

Bienenfeld Law has relationships with a number of bail bondsmen who will help you secure bail. Please call our office if you would like a recommendation.

4. Do I have to speak with the police?

Absolutely not. If arrested or detained by the police, with the exception of providing basic identity information, you should not speak to them at all without an attorney present. The U.S. Constitution gives you the right to remain silent – use it.

5. What happens when a person is arrested?

Usually within 24 hours, the arrested person is presented to a judge for an arraignment where bail will be set.  If the charge is a felony and the arrestee cannot make bail, a grand jury must convene and indict within 5 business days. The next court appearance would be set at arraignment.  A plea offer may be made either at arraignment or the next court date. A defendant can waive the requirement for a grand jury, but should only do so with advice from an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney. Bienenfeld Law has the experience to help you through these critical first few days.

6. I’ve been served a subpoena. Am I in trouble?

You may be. Many criminal investigations begin with the service of a subpoena. You should discuss this with an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney who can ask the prosecutor if you are a target of an investigation, a subject of an investigation or merely a witness. Subpoenas usually call for documents.  You will need the assistance of a Criminal Defense Attorney in gathering those documents. If you make a mistake and do not send a document, you violate the subpoena which may subject you to criminal penalties. You also may want to assert your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent in the face of a subpoena. This is your constitutional right and you should never be tricked into giving it up. However, the best person to guide you in this matter is your Criminal Defense Attorney.

7. I’m innocent. Do I still need an attorney?

Yes. Unfortunately, the criminal justice system is full of minefields, such as over-eager police or prosecutors. There are court appearances, papers to file and a host of other issues that arise. A skilled Criminal Defense Attorney, like Saul Bienenfeld, will be able to guide you through the process and make sure your rights are upheld.

8. How much will it cost?

The cost of a criminal defense varies based on whether the case is a misdemeanor or a felony and also how complicated the defense needs to be. Please call our office to discuss your individual case. There is no fee for a consultation and we will be better able to speak to you about our services and the corresponding fees.

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