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Should I Hire An Attorney at the Last Minute?

Hiring an attorney at the last minute is not the best idea, but it is infinitely better than not having an attorney at all. One of my least favorite calls begin with, "I have court tomorrow and it's scheduled for trial..." In most courts the prosecutor will not object to a continuance if it is the first trial call. The judge may not be please, but will generally grant a continuance to counsel who was recently retained. The best idea is to contact an attorney as soon as you are charged with a crime. This will give him/her the best opportunity to fully investigate your case, present any possible defenses, and explore any plea negotiations with the prosecutor. It may also give the attorney options such as deferred prosecution, treatment in lieu of conviction or whether delays will benefit the client. Furthermore, it actually may be in the client's best interest to go forward on the trial date, but the attorney will have difficulty ascertaining that if only hired the day prior. Many criminal defendants wait because they either do not have the money for a retainer or they just get scared at the last minute. They should contact family and friends and try to get money together as soon as possible. While the attorney is not a lending agent and I have been heard to say, "If your family and friends won't loan you money, why would I?" That said, many attorneys will work out payment arrangements to allow representation to begin timely and to assure that financial obligations are met. If you have been charged with a DUI or crime, contact an attorney as soon as possible. If you need to talk and have questions or wish to schedule a consultation, contact me at 859-581-6453 (581-MIKE) or email at [email protected] I will even take calls the day before a trial.

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