The first thing you need to know if you’ve been charged with a crime, or even if you’re only being investigated, is that you should talk to no one about the case, except for a lawyer—especially not law enforcement. No matter how innocent you are, if you misspeak even a little bit, it will often be misinterpreted as a sign that you’re guilty and lying.
If you have been charged with a crime or might be charged with a crime in the near future, now is the time to call an attorney. Don’t wait—the sooner an attorney starts handling a case, the more options they have for defending you.
When you’ve been charged with a crime, the full weight and resources of the government are being marshalled against you with the goal of convicting you of a crime and imposing penalties on you. You need someone who understands how the criminal justice system works, what options are available to you, and which of those options is best for you in your particular situation.
Here at Paoli & Leisher we have the knowledge and the experience to help you with any criminal defense matter—whether it’s a misdemeanor DUI in municipal court or a felony drug charge in federal court. We regularly represent clients in criminal proceedings (and also order of protection proceedings) in Missoula and surrounding areas and take pride in our dedication to each of our clients, no matter how big or how small the case. We love our work and we care about our clients.
The truth is, it’s scary to be charged with a crime and it throws your life into chaos. We’re here to stand with you through the process, help you understand what’s happening and what you need to do, and fight for you every step of the way.
Abraham Lincoln, who represented more than a few criminal defendants before becoming President, once said:
“When I have a particular case in hand, I have that motive and feel an interest in the case, feel an interest in ferreting out the questions to the bottom, love to dig up the question by the roots and hold it up and dry it before the fires of the mind.”
We approach our cases the same way—we dig to the rock bottom of the case to find out what is going on and what we can do to help you.
We don’t just represent defendants. The criminal justice system is just as difficult and scary for victims to navigate as defendants. If you need someone to be your voice and protect your interests in a criminal matter in which you are the victim, we’re happy to help.