The criminal justice system is complex and overwhelming. It can be stressful to navigate the system on your own—especially when your circumstances are already trying. For many individuals, it is difficult to know where to turn after being arrested or made aware of their involvement in a criminal investigation. That’s where we come in. Depend on D. Mark Elliston—a criminal defense lawyer in Dallas, TX—for the support you need during a criminal conviction.
We’re always ready to listen, provide advice, and answer your questions. Below you’ll find some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from prospective clients. Take a minute to browse through the questions and their answers to see if a past client has wondered the same thing as you. If your question still hasn’t been answered, reach out to us today for further information.
It’s important to note that everyone’s personal circumstances are different, and, therefore, nothing can replace the one-on-one consultation that you can only receive from a legal professional. When you put your trust in D. Mark Elliston Attorney at Law, you’ll work with one of the top criminal defense attorneys in Dallas, TX. To schedule a consultation at our Dallas law offices, call (214) 752-0400 today.
I am under investigation, but not under arrest. Am I required to speak with the police or investigators?
No. You are under no obligation to provide any information to investigators. People often make the mistake of offering up information under the guise of being helpful or in an effort to put the matter behind them as quickly as possible, only to have this information used against them during criminal proceedings. That is why it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible, even if you are not placed under arrest or are not even the primary focus of a criminal investigation.
I have been arrested. Do I have to speak with the police?
No. You should have been informed that you have the right to remain silent. Exercise that right. Again, it can be tempting to want to appear helpful or to say anything in an effort to get out of police custody as soon as possible. However, when they say that anything can and will be used against you, they mean it. Your best course of action is to request an attorney and repeat your request in polite, but no uncertain terms if the police attempt to continue questioning.
Do I need a lawyer?
The police think I have committed a crime. I am innocent. Should I tell the police my side of the story in order to clear my name?
Proceed with caution. If the police want to know where you were on a specific date during a specific period of time, and you were at a large social gathering where your presence was noted by a number of witnesses, it may be harmless to provide this type of information. Anything beyond this may lead to a world of trouble.
Our criminal justice system is imperfect and, unfortunately, wrongful convictions do happen. Even if you are innocent, it is best to rely on the advice of an attorney in order to ensure that there are no misinterpretations and to ensure that your rights remain protected.
The prosecution has offered me a plea bargain. Should I take it?
It depends. All plea bargains are different and everyone's case is unique. You should not agree to anything without first having your legal representative review the offer and then discuss the pros and cons of each option on the table.
Yes. The legal system is complex and confusing. A seemingly innocent statement can come back to haunt you in ways you may not imagine. Having a legal professional on your side is essential to mitigating the potential consequences of a criminal charge or investigation.
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