If you are being accused of a crime, the law provides various ways to protect you. For example, you have the right to be tried by jury, you have a right to a speedy trial, you have the right to assistance of an attorney, and you have the right to not be forced to testify against yourself or to provide evidence to the police or prosecutor. A police officer may arrest you if he sees you violating a law, if he has good reason to believe a crime has been committed and you committed it, and the crime is a felony or for certain misdemeanors. A police officer may arrest you if he has a warrant for your arrest. A warrant is issued by the court when someone swears you have committed a crime and proper papers are filed in court. You have the right to read the warrant and if there is no warrant to be told why you are being arrested. You have the right to contact your lawyer or some person to contact your lawyer or arrange bail.
Penalties imposed may be severe. They may involve jail, suspension of driving privileges and a severe fine.
If the strict procedures during the arrest process are not followed, the charge may be successfully defended.
The attorney may also be able to assist in obtaining penalties less than the maximums that may be imposed.
If the charge is serious, such as driving while intoxicated, driving while under suspension, reckless
operation, hit and run, or suspension for points, it is extremely important that the person charged be
represented by an attorney with experience each step of the way.