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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Criminal Defense

Answers From an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney in Columbia

Q: What are my rights if I get arrested?

A: At a minimum, you have the right to remain silent and to speak to an attorney about your case. You also must be told the charge or charges against you. You have the right to make a phone call.


Q: What should I do first?

A: You should not say anything other than answer any direct questions from the arresting officer or officers such as those regarding your name or address. Calling an attorney first helps to ensure that your rights are protected.

Q: Can I demand to see a lawyer?

A: Absolutely. You have the right to speak with an attorney about your case. A public defender will be provided for you if you do not have a lawyer.


Q: Do I need a lawyer to represent me if I am innocent?

A: It is in your best interest to have an attorney represent you in any criminal defense matter. The fact that you have been arrested shows that the arresting officer believes there is evidence you committed a crime. An experienced attorney can review the evidence and charges, and represent you in court.


Q:What if I simply intend to plead guilty?

A: It is in your best interest if you intend to plead guilty to receive the minimum penalty in order to lessen the impact on your criminal record and employment opportunities. An experienced lawyer who is familiar with your case can present your plea to the judge and make an argument for the minimum fine, jail time or alternative diversion programs. It is also possible that your case could be dismissed.

Frequently Asked Criminal Defense Questions

The Law Offices of Marion M. Moses, LLC, is a general practice firm in Columbia, serving clients in Richland and Lexington counties, as well as other counties in South Carolina, with an emphasis on criminal law, DUI cases and civil litigation. Attorney Moses is a former prosecutor and brings his knowledge of this side of the legal equation to your defense. Contact us today through our online intake form or call us at 803-771-7011 to schedule a free initial consultation about your case.

We know that you have questions about your case. At The Law Offices of Marion M. Moses, LLC, our experienced criminal defense attorney, Marion Moses, is pleased to provide this FAQ page, which gives you short answers to common questions about the law in South Carolina.

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