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When Is an Accused Entitled by Law to a Lawyer?

It is thought by many people that a person who is accused of crime is entitled to a lawyer if they cannot afford one. Unfortunately this is not always the case.

If you are under investigation for a crime, you are not entitled to have a lawyer appointed for you.
If you are asked to take part in a line up where you are a possible suspect and you have not been formally charged, you are not entitled to have a lawyer appointed to you.
If you are in custody and have been arrested but have not yet appeared in court, then you are not entitled to have a lawyer appointed to you.

It is critical to protect your legal rights. You must have a lawyer working on your case when you are first being investigated for a crime. It is almost never a good decision to speak to a lawyer about the accusations at any time. This means that it is very important you retain the services of a private lawyer as soon as you become aware you may be charged with a crime. Often a lawyer can assist you with the location of a reputable bail bondsman who can work to have you or your loved one released from custody.

Please feel free to contact Wallin and Klarich when you first become aware you are being investigated for a crime. People who wait to consult with an experienced criminal defense firm until it is too late often regret that decision. You can reach us at 888-280-6839.

About Wallin & Klarich

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Wallin & Klarich was established in 1981. Over the past 32 years, our law firm has helped tens of thousands of families in their time of legal need. Regardless of whether our clients faced criminal or DUI charges, the loss of their driving privilege, or wanted to clean up their criminal record, we have been there to help them.