What happens when a person is arrested for a crime?
When someone is arrested for a crime, they are taken to jail and held for approximately 24 hours. They are then brought before a judge who informs them of the crime they are being charged with, as well as their bail amount. If a person cannot post bail, they will be kept in jail until their trail. In some cases, defendants are also released on their own recognizance.
What happens in a bail hearing?
Bail is the money or property the person accused of a crime pays to the court to ensure that he or she will return for their trail. Without an attorney from the firm fighting for you, the bail amount could be so high that you will be unable to be released before trial. We fight for our clients every step of the way, including at their bail hearing.
Am I required to let the police search my house?
Law enforcement agencies must have a search warrant or your consent to before they can enter your house and conduct a search, except under certain conditions. If law enforcement arrives at your house asking to search, contact our firm at once.
What are my rights if I have been charged with a crime?
You have the right to remain silent - anything you say can be held against you in a court of law, you have the right to talk to an attorney and you have the right to an aggressive defense. You also have a right to a trial by jury, and a right to call witnesses in your defense. You can confront any witness against you, you have a right to hear and challenge the case against you and you have a right to an appeal. All of these rights can potentially be violated, and your case should be carefully managed with the assistance of one of our skilled Akron criminal defense lawyer team.
Why should I be represented by an attorney?
An attorney knows the laws and court process and can provide the legal guidance you will need throughout your case. A competent lawyer can also negotiate to have the charges against you reduced or find flaws in the prosecution's case that can result in a dismissal or acquittal. Your freedom is at risk in a criminal case. Having qualified legal representation will help ensure that your rights are protected and you achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
An Akron criminal defense attorney from DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder can discuss the criminal justice process in more detail, and answer your questions about legal proceedings. We are an experienced criminal defense firm with a strong track record defending clients accused of misdemeanor, felony and federal offenses.
Contact an Akron criminal defense lawyer at our office for sound legal advice and skilled representation in your case.