Several times each week I encounter individuals who call frantically. They have court in a few days and with the court date swiftly approaching they experience a sudden fear of the unknown. While our Firm tries our best to help anyone we can, it is often difficult, if not impossible, to take on representation of individuals who have waited until a few days before court to seek assistance. The common thread we hear is “I didn’t think I’d need a lawyer.” Below are some tips to shed light on whether or not you need a lawyer:
- If you are facing criminal charges and have the potential to get points assessed to your driver’s license, if your driver’s license is at risk of being suspended, or if you are at risk of receiving a jail sentence you should seek the assistance of a lawyer. Examples of these cases include but are not limited to: serious traffic offenses (super speeder, reckless driving, aggressive driving), misdemeanor offenses (DUI, Simple Battery, Possession of Marijuana Less than Ounce), or any felony offenses.
- If you miss a court date a the court can issue a bench warrant for your arrest or suspend your license. This is true even if you only have a minor traffic offense. If you miss a court date, it is wise to contact a lawyer.
- If you have been served with a Temporary Protective Order Petition, then you should seek the assistance of a lawyer. Although there is no jail time associated with this Civil Action, you can lose certain rights if a Temporary Protective Order is issued against you.
- If you have been injured in a car accident, on the job, or by the negligence of another, you should seek the assistance of a lawyer. Even though you are not obligated to have an attorney to negotiate with the insurance companies, an attorney can ensure that your rights are being protected and that you are getting all that you are entitled to receive.
- If you are going through a divorce, particularly if minor children are involved, you should seek the assistance of a lawyer. Although there are many resources available to parties such as forms and instruction booklets, the law and legal procedures must be followed completely for a divorce to be settled properly. Many divorces are held open for years because people did not follow the correct court procedures simply because they did not know.
It is smart to schedule a consultation with an attorney as soon as your legal issue arises (i.e. arrest date, date you are served with court papers, date a legal dispute arises).
If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, you can always seek the assistance of the public defender in criminal cases or you can seek help from the Georgia Legal Aid in civil cases.
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Disclaimer: The content relayed in this blog article is purely informational and should not be construed as legal advice. No attorney/client relationship is created until a retainer agreement is executed by both client and attorney.