When to Hire a San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney

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San Diego Criminal Defense AttorneyIn a perfect world, you would never need to hire a San Diego criminal defense attorney. You would never be charged with a crime or even questioned. Of course, the world isn’t perfect, and you might find yourself in a situation that requires an attorney. Knowing when to make that call is critical.

Here are some examples of good times to call a criminal defense attorney. Keep these examples in mind the next time you’re in a similar situation.

You’ve Been Asked to go to the Police Station

It doesn’t matter if you are innocent. If a police officer asks you to come down to the station to talk, you need to hire a San Diego criminal defense attorney. When you get to the station, the police will take you to an interview room and interrogate you. You could easily spend hours in that room if you fail to get representation. The longer you stay in that room, the more likely you are to say something incriminating. This is true even if you’re innocent. Police interviews are stressful and confusing, and you will likely get worn down over time. Contact a defense attorney who can guide you through this difficult process.

You’re Read Your Rights

When police read the Miranda rights, you know that things are getting serious. At this point, the police are ready to charge you with a crime, and they are going to use everything that you say against you. You need to have a defense attorney in your corner, mounting a case on your behalf. The police have already started gathering evidence. You need your attorney to do the same or you could end up with a serious problem on your hands. Don’t wait until you’ve been sitting in jail for days. Contact your attorney immediately so he or she can begin mounting your defense.

You Need to Get Out in Front of a Problem

You might not need to wait for the police come for you before you contact an attorney. If you think the trouble is on the horizon, contact a criminal defense attorney for advice. The earlier a defense attorney can start mounting your defense, the better. Also, your defense attorney can provide valuable advice regarding the law. This will help you understand your situation.

Your Instincts Tell You It’s Time

Never ignore the power of your instincts. If they’re telling you it’s time to call a criminal defense lawyer, then it is time. Your attorney will listen to your problems and let you know if help is possible. Then, your attorney can move forward with your defense if necessary.

A San Diego criminal defense attorney is your first line of defense. Your attorney will fight tirelessly for you, as long as you give him or her the power to do so. That means you have to contact your attorney at the right time. Make that call when the time comes so you can get the protection you need.

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Kerry L. Armstrong


Attorney Kerry Armstrong opened up his law firm in June 2007. Mr. Armstrong attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, and received his B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University. Kerry L. Armstrong became certified by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization for criminal law in August 2020, making him one of the few criminal defense attorneys with a criminal law legal specialization certificate in San Diego County.  Between 2014 – 2019, Mr. Armstrong was selected for inclusion in the California Super Lawyers list, an honor only awarded to 5% of the nation’s attorneys.

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