Some lawyers say wait and see until you're charged so they know exactly what you're charged with. And yet some say do a pre file and maybe they can get some of the charges reduced or dismissed. My question is how much access do lawyers really have with the prosecuting attorney before pretrial. I'd hate to be spending money for nothing. It's also very confusing. The older very experienced lawyer said all this per file stuff is just a way for new lawyers to scare you into spending money for nothing what are your thoughts thank you
The answer probably depends on the seriousness of the alleged offense, among other things. On smaller matters I would tend to agree with the older attorney that you do not necessarily need an attorney until a charge has been filed. But there are lots of exceptions. On any DWI arrest you need to hire a lawyer right away, because your driver's license can be suspended 15 days after the arrest. Also, you should always assert your right to remain silent, and refuse to answer officers' questions, unless your attorney advises you otherwise. So, if police are seeking to interview you, you should hire an attorney. If you think there may be someone who has important evidence, you should hire an attorney to make sure the evidence is preserved, or that witnesses can be interviewed before the prosecuting attorney gets hold of them.
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