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The Linder Firm July 23, 2021

No matter the specifics of your situation, getting arrested is a frightening and stressful experience. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and make uninformed decisions if you’re not well-prepared. To ensure you put yourself in the best legal position, explore these 5 helpful tips from our experienced attorney on what to do if you’re arrested and charged with a crime.

1. Hire Legal Representation

Technically, you always have the option to represent yourself. However, this is almost never a good idea – you’ll have to be responsible for having all your paperwork in order and building an effective defense for yourself based on your personal knowledge of the law. Unless you have experience in these matters, you’ll definitely want a lawyer to handle your case.

More specifically, you’ll want an attorney who has experience defending the type of crime you’re being charged for, in addition to an intimate knowledge of the local and state laws. With over 30 years of experience in Texas state law and expert-level knowledge of criminal defense strategies, our Dallas attorney Phillip A. Linder can ensure the best possible outcome for your case.

2. Know Your Rights

If you’ve been arrested, it’s crucial that you know your legal rights and don’t do anything to potentially incriminate yourself. For example, you have the right to remain silent and aren’t obligated to answer any questions an arresting officer asks you. In fact, it’s always a good idea to wait until your attorney is present before answering anything.

If you hire Mr. Linder as your attorney, you can rest assured he’ll be by your side during questioning to provide the experienced counsel you need.

3. Mark the Important Dates

Throughout your case, you’ll need to make sure you’re aware of any important dates that require your participation. For example, showing up late to your court hearing will certainly not do you any favors when it comes to winning a case. Make sure that you note the date of your court hearing and any other important deadlines or appointments so you can be prepared.

4. Keep Your Paperwork Organized

From the moment you’re arrested, any paperwork you receive may be crucial to your case. This includes court documents, photos, the paperwork from your arrest, and anything else that’s even minorly related to your legal situation. Believe it or not, something as simple as a misfiled document can be the difference that ends up putting you in jail.

That’s where our experienced Dallas attorney comes in. Mr. Linder will ensure that all of your pertinent documents are accounted for and well-organized throughout his defense of your case, so you won’t have to stress about missing paperwork hurting your chances.

5. Ensure that Your Rights Aren’t Violated

It can’t be overstated how crucial it is to know your rights in any legal situation — if you can prove they’ve been violated, the charges against you will likely be dismissed. For example, if your arresting officer searched your property without a clear reason or neglected to read your Miranda rights, the case likely won’t hold up as long as you can prove these violations.

If you enlist the help of our Dallas attorney, Mr. Linder will use his extensive knowledge of Texas criminal law and examine your case closely for any signs of your rights being violated. Anything he finds will add to the likelihood of a favorable outcome for your case.

Contact Phillip A. Linder for Expert Criminal Defense

If you’ve been charged with a crime, try your best not to panic. There may be several potential paths for an effective defense to earn your freedom. If you’ve been charged with a drug crime in the Dallas, TX area, don’t hesitate to contact the law firm of Phillip A. Linder. As a Board-Certified attorney with over three decades of legal experience, Mr. Linder will work tirelessly to ensure the best possible result for your case.