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5 Ways to Wipe Your Criminal Record Clean

By Peter Gregory on July 7, 2018

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A spotty record can have lifelong consequences for you. It could hurt your prospects or keep you from getting a license in certain fields. If you have a conviction on record, you may want to have it expunged. Here’s how.

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Hiring Tips and Advice to Help You Steer Clear of Bad Lawyers

By Peter Gregory on July 6, 2018

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Hiring a criminal defense lawyer is no easy task. Bad bets could hurt your case in court. How do you know if you’re hiring the right one? That’s a question that continues to plague clients the world over. No worries, though. We’ve put together a roundup of advice you can use.

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4 Top Tips for Choosing the Right Defense Attorney

By Chad Lewin on June 2, 2018

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Most of us don’t think about who we would like to represent us in a court of law until the situation arises. When that happens, it can be hard to think clearly and even harder to remain calm and assess which local legal professional is best suited to your or your loved ones’ needs. Here, we offer you a quick list for taking stock of whether your choice of a defense attorney is what you’re really looking for.

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What Your Right to Remain Silent Really Means

By Chad Lewin on May 30, 2018

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We’ve all heard it before. Whether it’s on a true crime documentary, on a fictional movie or television show like CSI or Law and Order or even in our own experience, most of us have heard of the legal “right to remain silent” that American citizens have. What does this mean, though? What are you truly risking by speaking without the presence of your legal counsel – and what is there to gain by remaining silent? Here, we examine exactly what having a right to remain silent means for you and the American legal system.

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Taking Some of the Sting Out of the Experience of Being Arrested

By Chad Lewin on May 27, 2018

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There are few experienced more potentially traumatizing than being arrested. Whether it’s the embarrassment of being publicly seized and taken into legal custody or the feeling of fear and panic that results when you realize you need legal help, no one enjoys submitting to arrest. Understanding what is happening and what your rights can help you minimize this displeasure, though, and help make the entire experience quicker, easier and less impactful on your life, overall.

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Understanding the Role of Your Defense Attorney

By Chad Lewin on May 24, 2018

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For most people, a defense attorney isn’t someone they give much thought to as a professional until they need their services. That lack of knowledge is exactly what leads to the feeling of panic and desperation that sets in when people get arrested or encounter legal trouble. Knowing exactly what a criminal defense attorney is and what they do for their clients can prevent this kind of trouble, and can give clients the peace of mind they need in scary legal situations to make the right call and get the help they require.

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5 Reasons to Get a Defense Lawyer for Your DUI Case

By Chad Lewin on May 2, 2018

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Do you really need a lawyer if you find yourself facing DUI or DWI charges? Here’s how to know when you need to hire one.

This is your first arrest
If this is your first arrest and you’re terrified about what may happen or at the thought of spending time behind bars, then hiring a lawyer can clear up a lot of the confusion and anxiety you feel.

This is not your first arrest
If you’ve been charged before, then you may end up with a harsher sentence and higher fees this time around. A lawyer can help reduce your sentence and penalties, though. That’s going to mean less money out of your pocket. It could also save you from jail time.

You’re guilty
If you’re guilty of driving under the influence and there’s evidence that your alcohol intake was very high, then you’ll need a lawyer to help you get out of that bind. If you’re guilty, the least of your worries will be paying the stiff fines. You could end up with a harsher sentence and spend time in jail, says the DMV. If you don’t like that, then getting the assistance of a good lawyer is crucial. In that light, you’ll want to consult with Chad Lewin, a defense lawyer who uses his experience, training, and skill to help people like you. He will do what he can to reduce your sentence and fines. With a lawyer like him by your side, you can count ton the fact that you’ll be treated fairly and humanely in court.

You don’t understand the law
Simply saying yes to a question may affect your case. You’ll want to hire a lawyer so you’ll have someone there to guide you and tell you what to do. Is it all right if you say this? What if you mention this? Your lawyer will keep you from blurting out anything that may hurt your chances in court.

You’re not guilty
If you’ve been unfairly charged, then hiring a tenacious defense lawyer like Chad Lewin is the best move you can make for your defense. With a lawyer who doesn’t quit, you’ll stand a much better chance of winning the case and clearing your name. With the help of a lawyer, you can have those charges dropped.

Facing a DUI charge? Get legal help. Call us Criminal Defense Inc. and book a consultation today.

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6 Things to Know If Your Child is Charged with a DUI

By Chad Lewin on May 1, 2018

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Your child has been involved in a DUI. If your kid has been charged and you’re wondering if you need to engage the services of a lawyer, here’s why the answer is yes.

Your kid isn’t perfect
That said, your kid makes mistakes. If he drove while under the influence, he’ll need to be punished and made accountable for his actions. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll want to leave him to his own devices.

You’ll need help
You want the best for your kid. That means hiring a lawyer, first thing. You’ll want to consult with Chad Lewin, a defense attorney with years of experience defending clients in court. Knowing that you have an expert to help your child will go a long way to ease a lot of your anxiety and worry about what may happen to your kid.

Stay calm
It can be tough to talk to your child without recriminations. But blaming him for getting into trouble won’t help. Stay calm, Forbes suggests. Don’t jump to conclusions. Ask your child what happened. Don’t try to think of the situation being worse or better than it is. These thoughts won’t help. Instead, do your best offer your support. Be there for him. At this point, your child is probably scared. Give him the reassurance that you’re doing what you can to help you get out of the legal situation he’s found himself in.

Be polite
When you talk to the police, be polite. Be respectful and courteous. It’s not going to help your child’s case if you call them names. That’s only going to create ill will.

Your rights are limited
If your child is questioned, he has a right to request for a lawyer. But he doesn’t require a parent to be present. This may be up to the discretion of the investigating officer or the officer’s superiors. That’s why being polite and respectful come in handy. If you want to watch that interview, talk to the officers.

Don’t play lawyer
Unless you are one, it’s best that you don’t play lawyer to your kid. Give your child the best possible advantage by calling Chad Lewin, a defense attorney with an exemplary record for defending and winding cases in court. Hiring an experienced lawyer will ease some of your worries, knowing your child is getting the legal advice and assistance he needs.

If your child is in trouble today, don’t hesitate to call us at Criminal Defense Inc.

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5 Ways a Defense Lawyer Can Help You

By Chad Lewin on April 30, 2018

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Facing DUI charges isn’t something anyone wants. But if you find yourself in this situation, know that one of the first steps you’ll need to take is to hire a lawyer. Here’s what a defense lawyer will do.

Assess your case
You’ll need to find a lawyer to take on your case. Once you set up a consultation, the lawyer will evaluate the case to find out whether he’s a good fit for it or not. He will ask questions until he’s gained a clear understanding of the facts surrounding the case. After that, he’ll decide whether to handle your case and take you on as a client or not.

Handle pleas
Your client may handle your plea. You may plead guilty to a lesser crime than the one you are charged with, the Houston Chronicle says. That way, the state can save money and time since the case will not have to go to trial. As a result, you will receive a lighter sentence. That’s your lawyer’s role. By hiring someone to plead your case, you can get off with lighter charges and fees. You won’t have to shell out as much money as you would if you’d represented yourself in court. A good attorney like Chad Lewin will negotiate with the prosecutor to make sure you end up with a better deal.

Give you advice
It will be completely up to you if you want to go to trial or accept a deal. Your lawyer is there to provide you with advice and suggestions and can provide you with a scenario of what may happen if you choose option A or B. Whatever option you go with, your lawyer will be there to provide help in any capacity you need.

Defend your rights
If you do decide to go to trial, then your lawyer’s job will include persuading the court in an attempt to reduce your charges and penalties. He will do whatever is within his power, talent, and skills to ensure that you are exonerated.

Give you peace of mind
Hiring someone with considerable experience and excellent training will go a long way to give you peace of mind and improve your chances in court. That’s why an attorney like Chad Lewin makes a difference.

If you’re facing DUI charges and you don’t know what else to do, get help. Call us for a consultation today at Criminal Defense Inc.

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6 Ways to Know If You Chose a Good Lawyers

By Chad Lewin on April 29, 2018

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If you’re charged with a crime, the best thing you can do is to find legal representation. Here’s how to know if your lawyer is any good.

He cares
When you consult with a lawyer and tell your story, is the lawyer interested? Does he care? A good lawyer pays attention, asks questions, and seriously considers your case before deciding whether he can take it or not. If that’s not the case, then you’ll be better off looking for legal help elsewhere.

He’s trained and experience
There is no substitute for experience. And that rings true in your situation. Hiring a lawyer who’s had years of experience in putting together defense strategies, representing clients in courts, and winning cases is a smart move to make. If that’s the kind of legal help you want, then a lawyer like Chad Lewin fits the bill.

He’s tenacious
The best lawyers don’t give up. They won’t leave any stone unturned. They’ll examine everything, from the police report to the case files to make sure they didn’t miss a detail that could be used in your defense. By hiring someone who knows and does what it takes to win your case, you have a much better chance of getting the outcome you and your loved ones want.

He knows the other team
A lawyer like Chad Lewin has been in practice for years. That means he likely knows the people on the prosecution’s side. That gives him insight into how they think, which can be an advantage in court. By hiring someone who has a good relationship with the other players in the case, your lawyer can use whatever he knows about the prosecution team to plan and put together a better defense plan.

He doesn’t care if you’re guilty
A lot of defense lawyers know their clients are guilty and they don’t care, the Huffington Post says. But what matters to them is ensuring that their client’s rights are respected and that they are treated fairly and humanely. That’s the kind of lawyer you’ll want to have on your side as well.

He gives you good advice
A lawyer who looks out for your interests will constantly remind you to exercise your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. He will also provide you with as much information as you need to make a good decision.
If you’re ready to hire one now, give us a call at Criminal Defense Inc today.

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