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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    • I'm in trouble and law enforcement wants to talk to me, should I make a statement?

      You must understand that anything you say to law enforcement can be used against you in a later criminal proceeding. In many circumstances, this is true even if the officers did not read you your rights. The Constitution gives each of us the right to remain silent and to not make statements in criminal matters. If you are considering talking to law enforcement based on their request or on your own volition, it is a good idea to contact a criminal defense attorney before you do so for case-specific advice on how to proceed.

      The Law Office of Shawn M. Cline, PC can examine your case and determine the best course of action for your particular situation. Talking to law enforcement is a decision that should not be made without first consulting with an attorney. The attorney may be able to assist you in developing a statement to provide to law enforcement, or may go to the police station with you to present your side.

      Of course it is also possible that an attorney will tell you that you ought to exercise you right to remain silent by not making any statement at all. The best course of action is one that only an experienced criminal defense attorney can provide. If you are considering talking to the police about such a matter, seek the guidance of an attorney first.

    • But I'm innocent of the charges; shouldn't I just let the system work this out?

      In a perfect world, those accused of crimes who are truly innocent would be found not guilty every time, without having to hire an attorney. But unfortunately we don't live in a perfect world. If for some reason you are suspected of a crime that you did not commit you should consult an attorney. Innocence is the ultimate defense, but in many cases without a skilled attorney on your side the court may never understand why it is that you are innocent.

      Citizens often find themselves a victim of circumstances and are thereby suspected of a crime they did not commit. Hoping that the system will work itself out and that truth will prevail is often not enough. You need an experienced and aggressive criminal lawyer on your side.

    • I'm thinking about contacting a lawyer, but when should I do it?

      There is absolutely no reason to delay in contacting a lawyer. The sooner you contact a skilled criminal defense attorney, the sooner they can assist you in developing a strong defense. All too often, citizens put off the decision to contact a lawyer and end up losing the opportunity to take proactive measures to improve their chances of success.

      By consulting with an attorney as early as possible in the process, you stand a far greater chance of securing a favorable outcome in your case. So if you have put this decision off for any length of time, STOP WAITING, and contact the Law Office of Shawn M. Cline, PC today.

    • Do I really need to consult a lawyer for this?

      The answer to this question for anyone who is contemplating it is usually a strong "yes". If you are wondering whether you need to talk to a Hampton Roads criminal defense lawyer, then one of two scenarios is likely going through your mind: either (a) you or someone you know has recently been arrested; or (b) you have reason to believe that you or someone you know will soon be facing the criminal process.

      In either case, you can rest assured that the government will be represented by someone with significant courtroom experience. You ought to have the same advantage. From the smallest traffic infraction to the most serious felony charge, a criminal defense attorney can make all the difference. Whether it means avoiding unnecessary administrative sanctions or avoiding lengthy jail time, you owe it to yourself to consult with an attorney.