The importance of hiring a criminal defense attorney as early as possible is evident from the practical and emotional side. Practically speaking, hiring an attorney early in the case means being able to access the documentation and discovery with ease, being able to have your questions answered, having a skilled advocate with experience negotiating your matter with the District Attorney, and having someone there who can advise you on the appropriate pace for litigating the case. For example, if you were charged with a felony case and you were out of custody, there would be little reason to speed the case along if it is going to result in the client going in to custody – keeping the client out of custody is a common goal and sometimes aging the case may be appropriate. Having an attorney who can help you determine how fast or slow a case should go is valuable.
The emotional or mental perspective mentioned above is also a significant reason to hire an attorney early in the process. When you have an attorney like those on The Nieves Law Firm team you will partner with people who care about you, your goals and the outcome of your case. We take the time to answer your questions, empower you with information, and work towards a holistic result that not only takes care of your case but sets you up with an action plan for the future. The peace of mind you receive from hiring an attorney early on is invaluable.