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The Interview (aka Interrogation)

You just got a call from a police detective wanting to schedule an interview. You know that this interview has nothing to do with getting a job and everything to do with a possible criminal record. What do you do?

Getting Justice Takes Work

It doesn’t really matter if the allegations are true, a misunderstanding or a bald-faced lie. There are a lot of people serving hard time on weak allegations and circumstantial evidence. What DOES matter is protecting your rights and holding the system accountable.

You need someone to have your back while you work your way through the courts. You need help keeping the “justice” in “criminal justice.”

Make the Right Call

At Hanson Legal Solutions, we’ve got your back. We explain the road ahead in your case. We make sure your side of the case is properly presented to the court. We’re committed to getting you the result you deserve at a price you can afford.

Don’t face the system alone. Contact Hanson Legal Solutions to schedule your free consultation. A reasonable fee for the right representation can help you avoid unreasonable financial hardships and potentially life-long consequences.

At Hanson Legal Solutions, we’ve got your back.

Navigating the System

POP QUIZ: You’ve been approached by a police officer who wants you to answer all sorts of questions about where you’ve been and what you’ve been doing. What do you do?

ANSWER: Be polite, but don’t answer any questions before you talk to an attorney.

NEXT QUIZ: You’re in court for your first hearing after an arrest. The judge asks you if you want to plead guilty, not guilty or ask for time to consult with an attorney. What do you do?

ANSWER: Always ask for time to consult with an attorney.

Work the System, or the System will Work You!

Legal procedure is complicated, and the police are specially trained on how to make their charges stick. You need help from someone who knows the law and procedure even better than the police.

Make the Right Call

At Hanson Legal Solutions, we’ve got your back. We know how to hold the legal system accountable and make sure your rights are protected.

Don’t face the legal system alone. Contact Hanson Legal Solutions to schedule your free consultation. We’ll stand with you every step of the way.

At Hanson Legal Solutions, we’ve got your back.

Arrested… Now What?

You’re wearing handcuffs in the back of a squad car. How did you get here? A fight with your girlfriend? Too many drinks after work? One-too-many bad checks?

The reason for your arrest doesn’t really matter. Good people do make mistakes. What DOES matter is the price you pay for that mistake.

Counting the Cost

The price of a criminal conviction includes fines, court costs, court-ordered program fees, possible jail time, and a criminal record that can affect your employment and other opportunities for the rest of your life.

On the other hand, paying an affordable fee to an attorney can help you reduce the short-term cost of your mistake as well as limit or eliminate the long-term impact your mistake could have on the rest of your life.

Make the Right Call

At Hanson Legal Solutions, we’ve got your back. We explain the short-term procedure AND the long-term consequences involved in your case. We’re committed to getting you the result you deserve at a price you can afford.

Don’t let one mistake punish you for life. Contact Hanson Legal Solutions to schedule your free consultation. Thirty minutes with an attorney could save you years of misery.

At Hanson Legal Solutions, we’ve got your back.

Probation Pergatory

It feels like a weight is lifted off of your shoulders as you walk out of the courthouse with a probation sentence. No more fear of going to jail…at least that what it feels like at the time.

The Probation Trap

Probation always comes with a laundry list of probation terms and conditions. One condition that is ALWAYS included is to obey all laws.

While obeying the law seems pretty simple, you have to keep in mind that “all laws” includes traffic laws and city ordinances in addition to all misdemeanor and felony offenses.

This condition is put into place so that any new charge made against you gives the prosecutor’s office the option to revoke your probation and require you to serve your full suspended sentence or face a new alternative sentence that might include adding more time to your probation period.

Innocent Until Proven Guilty…Unless Your Are On Probation!

If you do get charged with a new misdemeanor while on probation (regardless of the offense or its severity), the prosecutor’s office has the ability to file for a probation revocation and ask the court to issue a warrant for your arrest. Once arrested, you will be held without bond until you either admit the violation and submit to new sentencing or you effectively prove that there was no violation. Depending on your situation, this may mean you will spend several weeks, or even months, in jail waiting to resolve the violation.

By the way, it doesn’t matter if your misdemeanor offense has an OR Bond or a $750 Bond, you won’t be allowed to bond out of jail due to the probation revocation action.

Lesson to Learn

Always review the terms and conditions of probation carefully when entering into any plea deal. If you see a condition that concerns you, discuss the condition with your attorney and see what alternatives the prosecutor might accept.

Once you start your probation, be careful to not give law enforcement or the prosecutor’s office and excuse to file a petition to revoke your probation. Show up for all scheduled appointments on time. Submit to any required chemical tests when requested. Find and keep employment. Do everything you are required to do while doing your best to obey all the laws to ensure that will not get tossed into Probation Purgatory.

To learn more about successfully completing your probation, contact us at Hanson Legal Solutions.

Your Miranda Rights – Use Them!!!

You probably know the script by heart just from watching cop shows on TV. “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford and attorney, one will be appointed to you.

This warning, required by the US Supreme Court decision in Miranda v. Arizona, is widely known but not well understood.

In a recent conversation, criminal defense attorney Pat Arata broke the Miranda warning down into four points:

  1. You have the right to remain silent.
  2. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
  3. You have the right to an attorney.
  4. If you cannot afford and attorney, one will be appointed to you.

Pat then asked me, “Which one of the four is the MOST IMPORTANT?

Sensing a trap, I thought a bit before answering. I finally landed on the right to remain silent. WRONG!

As Pat Arata points out, the MOST IMPORTANT point in the Miranda warning is #2. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.

Clients are always worrying about not cooperating with law enforcement. The combination of cop shows on TV and the self-serving statements of law enforcement officers during interviews have created an illusion that not telling the police what they want to know will somehow make things worse. The fact of the matter is that saying anything to the police is far more likely to make things worse for you than remaining silent.

So, is it always a good idea to stonewall the police? Not at all, but that is where the rest of the Miranda warning comes in. Your right to an attorney ensures that you understand all the factors involved in cooperating with the police BEFORE you start sharing information. Your attorney can help you evaluate the costs and the benefits of cooperation while you are still exercising your right to remain silent. You should only break your silence AFTER you have determined with your attorney that cooperating with law enforcement includes more benefit than danger.

I have accompanied clients to police interviews when no charges were pending and no arrests imminent. When you bring your attorney to these interviews, not only will the police be extra careful to treat you properly, but your attorney will have additional information (both verbal and non-verbal) from the interview that will help guide you through the rest of the case.

So remember… 1) Remain silent. 2) Talk to an attorney. They aren’t lying when they tell you that anything you say can and will be used against you.

To learn more about protecting your rights during a criminal investigation or a criminal law case, contact us at Hanson Legal Solutions.

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In more than a decade of law practice in two different states, one fact is consistently true: WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CAN (AND WILL) HURT YOU.

The most important points of any legal matter happen outside the courtroom and usually before your scheduled court date. Understanding how to navigate the legal process, what evidence is helpful rather than useless, what goals are realistic and possible in your case, and a host of other issues that will impact the outcome of your case all factor into whether or not you will achieve “success.”

If you were planning a trip to a remote location in Africa, you would certainly plan to hire a guide that understands the language, the customs, the terrain and the laws to help you make it safely and successfully to your destination and home again. The courthouse might not seem as foreign or scary as the jungles in the Congo, but the language, culture, customs and rules in legal proceedings are often far more foreign to everyday working people than they initially think. You need an experienced guide to direct you safely and successfully through your legal issue.

We will be posting helpful information on this page that will help you better understand the legal system. We know that the information we provide will likely answer some questions but create several more.

When a question is bugging you, and you can’t find a good answer, contact us at the office of Hanson Legal Solutions and set up a 30-minute consultation to get some peace of mind. Our initial consultations are always free, so don’t hesitate to give us a call.