Criminal Law: Frequently Asked Questions

What To Do If You’re Arrested

Do I have to answer questions when police or other law enforcement agents are focusing on me in a criminal investigation?

This is an essential question in criminal law and the answer is NO, you do not have to say anything to investigators. You can and often should invoke your right to remain silent and your right to be represented by an attorney.

What should I do first, second and third after I have been arrested as a suspect in a criminal matter?

My firm cannot stress enough the importance of contacting a defense attorney first and foremost. This is your right. Law enforcement investigators have a great deal of experience extracting confessions or otherwise strengthening the charges against someone who has been arrested — before that person has had a fair trial. As the saying goes, “What you say can and will be used against you.” Criminal defense is not a job for amateurs. Trying to explain your way out of a situation can easily backfire and worsen your defense before it even begins. Providing information to law enforcement in efforts to cooperate can be taken out of context and used against you.

After contacting an attorney, cooperate willingly with him or her in devising the most effective defense strategy for your case. The two of you should work closely together throughout all phases of the case.

Furthermore, I urge you to refrain from discussing the details of your case with anyone other than your attorney — even your close family members and best friends. There is a strong temptation to turn to those whom you trust, but this is a time to rely on the counsel of an experienced advocate: your defense lawyer.

What To Expect In Your Criminal Case

Details vary depending on particulars of your legal matter, but criminal cases may include:

  • The arrest
  • Bail-bond hearings
  • Arraignment
  • Investigation of case
  • Plea bargaining & negotiating
  • Trial
  • Development of mitigation or sentencing information
  • Sentencing

How To Get Answers To Your Individual Questions About A Texas Criminal Matter

You may try doing your own Internet research, but you may not know what applies to your unique situation. Even if you find correct information, it will likely be difficult for you to know how to apply it. Talk to a lawyer at Russell D. Hunt Sr., Attorney at Law, in Waco, TX, at no charge for the initial consultation to learn about our commitment to protecting your constitutional rights through all stages of your criminal defense case in Texas. To request a personalized preliminary evaluation of your Texas criminal matter, call 254-304-6354 or email me through this website.