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You Have Legal Rights: Exercise Them

Our founding fathers understood a thing or two about our personal rights, and our laws are predicated on preserving these rights – although it may not always seem that way. The most blatant example of the legal right you should exercise whenever you need it is the right to call in an experienced Lampasas criminal attorney if you are facing a criminal charge of any kind, and you should make it your personal practice to exercise this right whenever you need it (in deference to our founding fathers).

Having a Lawyer with You

Much of the time, simply having an attorney with you can immensely improve the legally precarious situation you find yourself in. The sooner you make the call to a dedicated criminal attorney, the sooner you increase your chances of an improved case outcome and the better protected your rights will be. While many people believe that invoking their right to an attorney makes them look guilty, your focus should be solely on preserving your legal rights (and you can worry about appearances later).

Traffic Stops Are a Goldmine

Simple traffic stops for any of the following reasons (and many more besides) often lead to much bigger charges:

  • Speeding

  • Running a red light or rolling through a stop sign

  • Having expired plates

  • Having a burned-out headlight

  • Failing to use one’s blinker

  • Changing lanes illegally

Virtually any misstep behind the wheel can lead to a traffic stop, and this stop can quickly morph into full-blown charges for possession (a police officer favorite). Although the police need probable cause to search your vehicle, this is open to interpretation and may not be a significant hurdle for a crafty officer.

While the officer’s focus is likely opiates, marijuana might be enough for an arrest – or even a prescription medication, such as Xanax (minus the prescription bottle with your name on it), will suffice. After your arrest, it is always wise to let the officer know that you want your attorney with you before you will answer any questions. Think of it as appearing legally savvy – rather than being indicative of guilt

The Megastores Will Prosecute

Other easy sources for criminal charges are the megastores out there – where we all shop and where eyes (in the form of video recorders) are everywhere. These eyes do not take kindly to you slipping that massive bottle of shampoo into your pocket – while you juggle 15 other items – on the way to the checkout.

While it was very likely an honest mistake on your part, you can still face a criminal charge, fines, and serious social stigma. You owe it to yourself and to your future to cut to the chase and consult with an experienced criminal attorney before you answer any of the questions posed to you.

Do Not Wait to Consult with an Experienced Lampasas Criminal Attorney

If a criminal charge has been levied against you, Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Lampasas, Texas, is a distinguished criminal attorney who is well-positioned and well-prepared to help you. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at 254-501-4040 today.

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