Trusted Criminal Lawyers in Savannah, GA
Once free to come and go as you please, the moment you’re arrested, everything changes. Facing charges and circumstances that now complicate your life further, the anxiety of uncertainty goes through the roof. If we thought telling you to relax would help, we would, but we understand you’re asking all kinds of questions, not the least of which is “What do I do now?”
The thing with criminal charges is that they don’t just impact you today; they threaten your future. On top of that, getting tangled up in the system can threaten your freedom, family, and finances. For some, facing criminal charges is one of the most stressful and nerve-wracking experiences they’ve never wanted.
We’ve seen how “criminal justice” can be anything but just, and “rehabilitation” rarely happens. The time doesn’t always fit the crime, and even when folks have completed their sentences, they struggle with living “on the outside” again. We’re not OK with that, so we’ll strategically and aggressively fight for your rights and your future.
While you may want to start pleading your case, the time of your arrest is the best time to say nothing. Whatever you say can and will definitely be used against you, so follow the golden rule for your best defense: Exercise your right to remain silent. And call an experienced Savannah criminal defense lawyer to stand up for you.
What happens after I am arrested?
Don’t be surprised if you’re not treated well. That whole “innocent until proven guilty” is a lofty notion, but it’s not one that’s widely practiced. Do what you can to keep yourself calm. Be respectful and cooperative. Give your real name – please don’t give an alias (if you want to know why just call us) – and address. And then consult an attorney.
If your loved one has been arrested, they’re going to the Chatham County Jail. It could take a little time for them to get access to a phone call, so do what you can to be patient. If you’re wondering how to help your loved one bond out of jail, read about it here.
Keep in mind that some charges are bailable, and some aren’t. When you find out what’s happening in your case, you’ll get to make a phone call. Here’s the order of priority:
- Loved one
- Criminal defense lawyer
This whole booking, bonding, and release process takes more time than you want to invest, so be ready to hurry up and wait.
After you’re (hopefully) released, your case will be turned over to the District Attorney’s office where they’ll keep on looking for ways to make your charges stick. That’s fine, it’s their job. It’s our job to plead your case, ensure you’re treated fairly and protected under the law, and do everything in our power to protect your future.
Look, none of this is easy. None of this is going to feel like a walk in the park. You’re going to freak out more than once. And you’re going to see sides of yourself and others you wish you didn’t. As we’ve walked with our clients through some of their hardest times, we’ve seen how desperately they need solid, dependable, experienced representation. That’s what we’re here to do.
we're ready to fight for you
Right, but how much does it cost to hire a criminal defense lawyer?
Standard lawyer answer: It depends. There are no cookie cutter charges, cases, or defenses. Every response depends on the circumstances of your situation. What we can tell you for sure is that trying to represent yourself (or relying on a public defender) might cost everything.
Criminal law is complicated, and our courts are jammed. Various charges can be challenged in a variety of ways. And after appearing in almost every courtroom in Georgia, we have the experience and resources to take on the State and win.
Here’s what you need to know: The State has been working on your case since well before your arrest. You might be part of a bigger plan for them. They are skilled at this. So are we. But if you wait to involve us, it could cost you more time, money, and energy. Plus, if you don’t have a lawyer, you could help their case and hurt yours by saying the wrong thing or saying too much.
Remember, those folks know how to ask questions that elicit answers they want. And you don’t know what they know or what they’re fishing for…so you could hurt your case by being cooperative. Don’t play let’s make a deal with your present or future.
You’ll invest some money into this relationship, and you’ll get skilled, compassionate defense in return. To find out how we’ll help you and what it’s going to take to get started, call or text 770-LAWSUIT to set up your free consultation.
The reputation of criminal defense lawyers isn’t the best.
You know, criminal defense lawyers don’t have the best reputation. How do I find a good one?
The first thing we’ll encourage you to do is follow your intuition…but with what you’re going through you might not feel like you can. Whether someone you trusted sold you out or you’re running scared, here are a few ways to figure out if your lawyer is right for you:
Does your lawyer treat you like you matter? If you’re sitting with someone who gives you the sense that you’re respected and valued, and if you feel safe in their presence, you should feel like that’s a green light to proceed.
Does your lawyer talk to you in ways that you understand? The law is complicated, and you’re going to make some critical decisions in your defense. If your lawyer is clear and explains the pros and cons of each choice, then you’re likely in good hands. If the conversation between you seems easy or effortless, chances are you’ve got a level of trust that will only help if your case goes to trial.
Does your lawyer have experience in front of a jury? Many cases settle out of court, but that doesn’t mean your lawyer doesn’t need trial experience. In fact, because of our work in front of juries, we’re strategically preparing cases as if we’re going to take them to trial. Find out if your lawyer has defended charges like yours and what their track record is in front of juries.
Alright, what’s your record?
We’ve won more than we’ve lost, let’s just say that. Some of our clients have faced life and walked away with time served. Others have faced 20 years and walked away with two. You know how we do for you depends on your specific circumstances. We’d need to get to know you and your case to give you appropriate expectations. We’ll always fight to ensure that the punishment isn’t more severe than the crime. Thought we can’t guarantee a specific outcome, we’ll do everything in our power to get a great result. Our goal is do our jobs so you feel like we’ve got your back.
In what ways do you have my back?
Being incarcerated and facing criminal charges is lonely, stressful, and fear-inducing. It’s our job to help put your mind at ease that we’re fighting to protect your rights. We’re looking out for you so you don’t have to face this alone.
We’re a vault for your story. Protected by attorney-client privilege, your communication is safe with us. If you waive your right to privilege, though, that could change things.
And we’re all about making sure the State doesn’t have an unfair advantage. We’re ready and able to challenge anything they bring that doesn’t follow the letter of the law. We’ll work to hold them accountable for everything they say and do that could put you in harm’s way.
While the State may come with an offer, we may not think it’s in your best interest to take it. Or we may think a jury trial could cause harm. So we’ll give you the facts so your decision can be based on the best information possible.
And guess what? The State has a whole bunch of lawyers on their side who are experts at prosecuting criminal charges. They know how to pull the strings of our system. They’re gonna use all that when it comes to your case. Hiring us means you’ve got experts at fighting criminal charges on your side. You deserve an advocate.
Yeah, I do deserve an advocate. How do I hire you?
Call or text 770-LAWSUIT to schedule your free case consultation. We offer in-office or Zoom appointments, whatever works better for you. We’ll talk about your case and how we can help. We’ll discuss next steps and fees. We’ll answer your questions. And we’ll give you the information you need to decide if we’re the right lawyers to stand up for you.