Tri-Cities Criminal Defense Lawyers

What To Do When You've Been Arrested

You've been arrested—now what? Facing criminal charges can be scary and overwhelming, whether or not you've actually committed a crime. 

The first thing to remember when you've been arrested is that you have rights. The most important of these rights is the right to remain silent until you have legal representation present. Don't answer any questions or make any comments until you've contacted a criminal defense lawyer. 

Once you have secured a defense lawyer, he or she will talk with you privately about the charges, listen to your account of the events, and advise you during the investigation. The criminal justice process can vary greatly depending on the nature of the crime, and your criminal defense lawyer is your advocate through the entire ordeal. He or she will work tirelessly to review evidence, find and interview witnesses, and devise a strategy to get the charges dropped, reduced, or minimize punishment. 

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What to Look For in a Criminal Defense Lawyer

When you're involved in a criminal investigation, your choice of lawyer can make a huge different in the outcome of your case. Your criminal defense lawyer should therefore be someone you trust to handle your case with diligence and professionalism. A good defense lawyer not only has extensive knowledge of the laws pertaining to your case but also years of practical, firsthand experience in the courtroom. 

At AKWAJ law, we have over 132 years of collective experience handling all kinds of criminal defense lawsuits, including: 

  • Domestic Violence
  • Sex Crimes
  • DUI
  • Drug-Related Crimes
  • Theft and Burglary
  • White Collar Crimes

Our reputation for success in defending criminal cases speaks for itself. If you've been charged with any type of crime, contact us today to find out how we can help. 

Common Questions About Criminal Law

Will my criminal defense lawyer defend me if I'm guilty?

Your lawyer is your advocate, whose job is to know the law and present the best defense on your behalf. It is not your lawyer's job to lie for you—in fact, lawyers have a professional obligation to not mislead the court. 

That being said, you are innocent until proven guilty. Even if you admit to committing a crime, it must be proven in the court of law. Perhaps your actions merit a lesser charge. Perhaps you were coerced into confessing. Perhaps there are extenuating circumstances that should be considered. Legal issues are rarely black-and-white.

Do all criminal cases go to trial?

No. The vast majority of criminal charges never reach court. Sometimes there isn't enough evidence of a crime, other times your lawyer can help you reach a plea bargain. And then there are cases which are thrown out due to technicality.


If you, or someone you know has been charged with a crime, we can help.

Randy L. Jameson & Thomas J. Atwood have over 49 years combined experience in criminal defense. Ask us anything here or better yet schedule a free consultation!