Being charged with violating the law is an unpleasant and nerve-racking experience. And the punishment for violating the law can range from a small fine to a significant prison sentence. If you’ve been charged with violating any law, it is important to consult with a defense attorney as early on in the case as possible. Sometimes folks think it is a good idea to try and handle the matter themselves—at least initially. This is a bad idea.
Even if you perceive your charge to be a minor one, seeking the guidance of an attorney early on will always be beneficial. The attorney can advise you on whether the charge is indeed minor enough for you to handle yourself. The attorney can also let you know if you have underestimated the gravity of the charge—and the potential ramifications that could result from being convicted.
The law is also riddled with procedural options that are available to folks charged with violating the law—but these options often expire based upon the passage of time alone. So if you’ve been charged with violating the law—even a “minor” one—do yourself a favor and take the time to consult with a defense attorney as soon as possible. You’ll be glad you did.