San Diego, CA asked in Criminal Law for California

Q: Should I go talk to a Det. without attorney case is self Defense. Assult with weapon. other party didn't come forward.

I'm out on bail. Help

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Joseph Abrams
Joseph Abrams
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Anaheim, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: If you are a suspect in a crime, you should never make any statement law enforcement without first consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney. No exceptions.

- Law Office of Joseph Abrams, Anaheim, CA

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John Karas
John Karas
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Temecula, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You need to hire a skilled and experienced criminal defense who handles serious and violent felony charges like the ADW you are apparently charged with.

Not a negotiator like Public Defender, a real trial attorney. DA's respect trial attorneys more than PD's or "escort attorneys" who take a client's money and do nothing except twist their arm to get them to plead you.

I concur with Mr. Abrams that you should NOT talk with a detective or any police officer about this criminal matter UNLESS you are represented by counsel who is present with you. The same holds true regarding not talking with with your family, friends, co-workers, or anyone else as they could be called as witnesses and testify against you.

I strongly urge you to lawyer up ASAP. Not all attorneys are the same, some are better, and I mean a lot better than others, and legal fees to represent you can vary drastically so call around for a free, initial consultation. Then get a loan or sell what you can afford to part with if your freedom means anything to you as opposed to sitting in a jail cell (maybe state prison depending on our prior record) for up to 10 years or more.

Good luck.

JK

Law Office of John Karas

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Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: NEVER EVER TALK TO ANYONE WHEN SUSPECTED OF A CRIME WITHOUT A LAWYER AND USE YOUR LAWYER AS A STRAWMAN WHEN HE TELLS YOU NOT TO TALK.

IN OTHER WORDS, YOU ARE HAPPY TO TALK BUT YOU ARE FOLLOWING YOUR LAWYERS INSTRUCTIONS...........

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