Being arrested and charged with committing a crime is stressful. One of the reasons for that stress is lack of familiarity with the courts and the criminal process. Lotze Mosley, LLP wants you to know your rights and how to assert them. The most important right you have is to be represented by an attorney. Finding and obtaining an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney can be difficult. Here are some of the questions we hear from our clients most frequently.
- Should I plead innocent or guilty if I cannot get a lawyer before I go to court?
- How soon can an attorney get to see my loved one who is in jail?
- Do I have to pay to talk to a lawyer before deciding to hire him or her?
- What are my options for paying my attorney fees?
Maryland and Washington, D.C. criminal defense attorneys
Everyone who is charged with a crime is entitled to be represented by a lawyer. If you want an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney in Maryland or Washington, D.C., contact Lotze Mosley, LLP as soon as possible after an arrest or questioning concerning a crime.
First of all, you never need to plead or prove your innocence. You are innocent until proven guilty. If you are brought before a judge before you have a chance to talk to your lawyer, tell the judge that you want a lawyer before entering any plea. The judge might enter a not guilty plea for you, but you can change that after consulting with a lawyer if that is what you really want to do. The important thing is to know all of your options before entering a plea. Neither the police nor the judge is likely to have the time or inclination to do that. Only your attorney can fully advise you of your rights and options after confidentially discussing your case with you.
As soon as you retain Lotze Mosley, LLP, we make arrangements to see our client in jail. We regularly visit the jails and courthouses in the District of Columbia and surrounding Maryland communities. After our initial meeting, we visit the client in jail at least once per week until we can arrange for the client’s release.
The first thing a lawyer should do when contacted by a potential client in a criminal case is determine whether the lawyer can handle the case competently and without any conflict of interest. At Lotze Mosley, LLP, we never charge for that initial consultation. We will also discuss attorney fees with you at that time, but you will not owe any attorney fee unless and until you retain us to represent you. The important thing is to contact an attorney as soon as an arrest or questioning about a crime occurs.
When you are arrested, it can take some time to get your resources together to make bail and retain an attorney. At Lotze Mosley, LLP, we work with you to do that as quickly as possible so that we can get to work on your case. We accept checks with proper ID, credit cards and U.S. currency. We can also set up affordable payment plans.