Criminal Law & Criminal Defense FAQ
The following section provides some answers to some frequently asked questions posed by our clients regarding criminal law:
If I am charged with a crime in Cookeville, do I really need a criminal law attorney?
While you are not obliged by law to have an attorney, it is advisable to have one if you are charged with a crime, under investigation, or being questioned by the police. Knowledgeable Cookeville criminal defense attorneys usually advise you not to say anything that can be used against you. Also, a criminal defense attorney can ensure that police do not violate your rights.
If I am innocent should I get a Cookeville criminal defense attorney?
Yes, even if you know you are innocent, it is always best to retain an attorney. You may be coerced into signing a confession or providing evidence that could be used against you. Innocence is not enough to prevent you from receiving a jail sentence.
Criminal law process
At what point should I contact a lawyer?
Immediately. If you have been arrested, are under suspicion by the police or state and federal authorities, or are under a probe or investigation, it is best to consult a criminal lawyer right away.
Do I have go to trial?
No, not necessarily. Your attorney could potentially refute the charges against you during the hearing and the judge or grand jury may dismiss the case on the grounds of insufficient evidence. Also, your attorney and the prosecutor may come to a deal for your case, which is known as plea-bargaining. This may involve reducing or dismissing charges in return for something that can benefit the state. An example can be cooperation in an ongoing police investigation.
What types of civil cases can I sue for?
You can sue for any situation where you feel you have incurred financial, physical or emotional damages due to the negligence or actions of someone else. Some examples are real estate disputes and sexual harassment.
Do I need a lawyer for my civil litigation case?
While many disputes can be settled before filing a lawsuit, it may be in your best interest to hire an experienced civil litigation lawyer. In cases involving claims with insurance companies, they may try to settle for the lowest amount possible. An attorney can have your injuries evaluated to determine a fair settlement to treat your injuries and compensate you for lost wages.
What types of personal injury can I sue for?
Medical malpractice, injuries sustained on the job, injuries from a motor vehicle accident, and wrongful death. For more information on these types of cases or if you feel you have a personal injury case, please contact The Law Office of Douglas K. Dennis today.