Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I Need a Lawyer?
- Do I Need a Criminal Defense Attorney?
- What is the Difference Between a Criminal Defense Attorney and a Family Law Attorney?
- Does Powers Law Group Accept Divorce Cases or Child Custody Hearings?
- Do the Police Have to Read Me My Rights if I am Arrested?
- What Should I do if I am Arrested?
- Should I Represent Myself?
- Does the Criminal Defense Attorney's Location Matter?
The criminal justice system can be very difficult to navigate on your own. If you have a matter that will be heard in a courtroom or are dealing with the police, you should have a consultation with an attorney. Many law firms, including Powers Law Group, offer free consultations.
If you have been charged with a crime in a municipal, district, or superior court, please contact a criminal defense attorney right away. You can also speak with a defense lawyer if you have been accused of a crime or if you are under investigation but have not yet been formally charged.
A criminal defense attorney works with clients who have been charged with a crime. A family law attorney works with clients who are going through a divorce or dealing with child custody issues.
No, Powers Law Group only does criminal defense work. You need a family law attorney for divorce cases and child custody hearings.
Yes, if the police will use your statements against you. The police are legally required to read you your Miranda rights if you are arrested. These rights, which are sometimes called the Miranda warning, were established in the 1966 Supreme Court decision of Miranda v. Arizona. Police are required to advise you of your rights if they hope to use your statements against you; if they are simply seeking information from you, they are not required to read you your rights.
Exercise your fifth amendment right and do not speak to police without consulting a lawyer first. Call Powers Law Group at 360-419-0809 for a free consultation.
Representing oneself is called “Pro Se.” It is generally not advised. Lawyers are highly educated and highly skilled. They have years of experience practicing law. The rules of the court are complex and often confusing. Having an attorney to guide you in the legal process will help ensure that you obtain the best results for your unique situation.
Yes, it does. A lawyer who regularly practices in the court where the case is being heard will know the ins and outs of what is to be expected in the area. Having an attorney who will know how the prosecution approaches their cases and how the judge usually rules is extremely important. Powers Law Group has practiced in the same court for the past 15 years. If your case is in Skagit County, we know what to expect.