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Criminal Defense Lawyer in Pensacola

Protecting Your Rights at Every Stage of Your Case

The Watson Firm is a criminal defense firm providing legal services to clients who are being investigated or charged with State or Federal crimes. Our Pensacola criminal defense attorney will stay on top of your case to put you in the best position to avoid charges, gather evidence to prepare for trial, or help you earn entry into a diversionary program. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible, so your lawyer can get right to work.

What to Do After an Arrest

The most important thing to remember when you are accused of a crime is not to speak to law enforcement officers until you have retained a criminal defense lawyer. You can say that you have the right to have an attorney present before making any statement then remain silent. Even if you are innocent, your attorney is in the best position to talk to law enforcement about what occurred. You can provide your name and date of birth, but do not provide other information or answer questions without a lawyer.

Speaking to law enforcement officers without an attorney is a bad idea for the following reasons:

  • People often make mistakes when trying to explain the facts of the case
  • Mistakes and conflicting information happen in the heat of the moment
  • Officers may misunderstand what you say or write it down incorrectly
  • An officer may intentionally misconstrue your statements to build the case
  • Your statement is primary evidence used by the prosecution

Our Pensacola criminal defense lawyer will be present during questioning to ensure that your rights are protected and minimize the risk of self-incrimination.

Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are arrested for a criminal offense, it is important that you know your rights. As soon as you are brought in for questioning or learn you are under investigation, we advise you to contact a Pensacola criminal defense attorney, even if you have not been charged or arrested. At The Watson Firm, we provide the legal counsel you need, advise you of your rights, and work to determine the best course of action to protect your interests.

Contact our law firm immediately at (850) 403-4779, if you are being investigated or charged with a crime.

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