The first thing you need to do is to retain an experienced criminal lawyer right away. It is essential that you understand your rights and the criminal process before you make any decisions about how to deal with your charges Some of the decisions you will make are time sensitive. Sometimes it will be important to attempt to preserve evidence for a future trial. Almost without exception, only a lawyer who works exclusively in criminal law will have the right experience to guide you through the process.
Derstine Penman offers a free consultation for people charged with criminal offences for the first time and who are confused and anxious about their court appearance. Everything that is said during the consultation remains completely confidential.