Frequently Asked Questions

Criminal Defense FAQ

Tucson Criminal Defense Attorney

If you’re looking for honest, straightforward answers in the face of criminal charges, you have come to the right place. At the Law Office of Carlos A. Medina, PLLC, our goal is always to inform our clients so they can make the best choices about their cases. We have included some frequently asked questions below, and we welcome you to call our offices at (520) 251-9561 to see how Tucson criminal defense lawyer Carlos A. Medina can help you.

  • Do I have to consent to a search of my home or vehicle?

    The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution offers protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. This means that law enforcement cannot simply search you or your property or make an arrest without probable cause. You have the right to refuse a law enforcement officer’s request to search your car or your home, but if they have a warrant or believe they have probable cause, they may be able to conduct a search. If you believe your property was illegally searched, an attorney can assess the situation and determine whether this can be used to your advantage in challenging your arrest or charges.

  • What are my rights if I’m arrested?

    If you’re arrested, you have the right to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided to you. These rights are essential, as anything you say or do after you are taken into custody may be used against you in court. Exercise your rights and protect your interests.

  • If I refuse to give a statement or answer a question, will I face criminal charges?

    As already mentioned, you have the right to remain silent. You can politely refuse to answer questions posed to you by a police officer, and you should not face criminal charges simply for exercising this right. Depending on the situation, however, you may still be arrested and taken into custody. Be sure to request to speak to your attorney, who may be able to challenge an unlawful arrest.

  • What is a plea bargain? Should I accept?

    A plea bargain typically involves lesser charges or penalties offered in exchange for a plea of guilty or no contest. Do not accept a plea offer without first talking to your attorney. You need to be certain that this is in your best interests. In some cases, a skilled criminal defense lawyer may be able to fight your charges and help you avoid a conviction altogether – which is far more advantageous than any plea bargain.

  • If I’m innocent, do I really need an attorney?

    Guilt or innocence aside, your future is in jeopardy in the face of criminal allegations. You need an attorney who can protect your rights to show the judge and jury that you are innocent. Legal processes must be followed, and attempts by the prosecuting attorney and law enforcement to secure a conviction must be effectively countered. Even if you are innocent, you need a professional to handle your case.

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