Many people do not immediately seek legal advice or retain a criminal defense attorney when they are under a cloud of suspicion arising from a law enforcement investigation by a state or federal law enforcement agency. Some people do not even elect to assert their right to counsel after they have been formally arrested. The reasons for delay vary depending on the individual but may include the belief that cooperation is the best option or the expectation that a public defender will suddenly appear when the case gets to the point that the defendant needs an attorney. This is a critical mistake that can result in an avoidable conviction or a more severe punishment.
The time to retain a Kansas criminal defense lawyer is the moment that you discover that you are under investigation even if you have not been arrested. When a criminal investigation is ongoing, there are many law enforcement tactics that an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to prevent that include searches of your home or vehicle, extraction of DNA samples, interrogations and other oppressive law enforcement procedures. If you are subjected to these law enforcement tools, an experienced criminal defense attorney can provide legal advice so that you do not inadvertently waive your rights or assist the police in building a case against you. When you consent to searches or questioning, you may help law enforcement in acquiring probable cause for an arrest or further searches.
Kansas jails and prisons are filled with those who knew they were under investigation by a law enforcement agency or that had been arrested but expected a court appointed attorney would be available when they needed one. The income qualification criteria for a public defender means that there is no assurance you are entitled to have an attorney appointed to represent you. Even if you do qualify, you may disclose damaging facts or consent to a search of your home prior to being represented because you are not aware of your rights under the constitution and Kansas law.
Johnson County criminal defense attorney Stacey Schlimmer works diligently to protect her clients’ rights and influence the direction of a criminal case through intervention at the investigation stage. Whether she is defending her clients’ rights during police interviews and lineups or challenging the legal basis for a search or seizure, her early intervention often can result in fewer criminal charges being filed or the prosecutor filing a lesser offense. She also routinely conducts an independent investigation to uncover exculpatory evidence and witnesses that may dissuade the prosecutor from filing formal charges or induce the prosecutor to dismiss the charges. Ms. Schlimmer may even seek diversion so that her client does not face a potential criminal record and jail time.
The fundamental point is that those facing the prospect of fighting criminal charges can improve the probability of a favorable outcome by seeking legal representation from an experienced Kansas criminal defense attorney at the earliest stage in the investigation process. Kansas City criminal defense attorney Stacey Schlimmer aggressively defends those accused of misdemeanors and felonies in Johnson County or the surrounding areas of Kansas. Our Kansas criminal defense law firm offers a confidential free consultation so call us today at 913-219-5424 or contact us online.