Criminal Defense

The Law Offices of David Coates offers services to assist you in the full spectrum of your defense, whether you're charged with State or Federal crimes.

If you are charged with a criminal act, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.

The earlier you obtain sound legal counsel, the better your outcome will be.

Getting arrested can often become a very troubling time in life. Thoughts about what could happen can consume you. Taking advantage of our Free Consultation will allow you to gain valuable insight into what to expect. Instead of letting your mind wander, it can be much better to let one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys guide you and prepare you for what could come next.

Your Right to Remain Silent

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when they are being accused of a crime is to talk too much. You should not ever take legal advice from a show you saw on television, but in this case, those shows have it right. The very first thing that an attorney does on any of the legal shows on television is to tell their client to not say anything. The reasons that everyone says this is what you should do is because it is clearly the best legal advice. In fact, it is probably one of the very first things that lawyers learn when they are going to law school.

A lot of people think that it is ok to talk when they are being questioned by the police because they did not do anything wrong. This sounds like a good plan in theory, but unfortunately, it does not always work out that way. The reason that a good lawyer does not want you to talk to the authorities is that everything that you say in officially on record and it can be used against you. The problem is that you do not always know how what you say could be used against you.

One problem that happens is that your negligence can be a crime. If something that you did resulted in someone getting hurt or something else happening that could be considered, you can be held responsible. If you admit to your actions without knowing what else may have happened after that, you will have no defense once the crime has been revealed to you. If you stay quiet as recommended by an attorney, your criminal defense lawyer will still have every option available to be able to defend you against the charges. Another problem is that sometimes when a person is planning to commit a crime, they may try and make it look like someone else was actually responsible. In most cases, the authorities are usually able to determine that you have been set up, but unfortunately, it does not always happen that way.

Other times, the circumstances might make you look guilty, even though you had nothing to do with the crime. If you talk, it could make you look guiltier even if you had nothing to do with it. Again, hopefully, the authorities will figure this out, but unfortunately, jails all over are full of people who were convicted over circumstantial evidence.

Details are important!

When talking with your attorney about the situation, you should not leave out any details. This will only help your case and your attorney will have a better idea of what you are up against.

You do not have to make any decisions at the end of a consultation. You can think about this decision and get back to us if you want to proceed further