I've Been Arrested... What Should I Do Now?
If you have been arrested, or are under investigation, you must understand
one very important fact – THE POLICE ARE NOT YOUR FRIEND OR ADVOCATE.
Make no mistake, the police are not your friends, they are focused on
finding evidence of a crime and proving you to be a criminal.
If you find yourself on the receiving end of the government’s haste
to convict you must protect yourself and invoke your right to counsel.
Your right to counsel is one of the greatest safeguards that exist in
our nation. Do not allow the police to deceive or coerce you into giving
up this safeguard in return for their “leniency”. Tell the
police you’re taking the 5th and you want your lawyer, then stop talking.
DO: Call Kyle Humphrey and Jared Thompson at (661) 327-1360
DON'T: Hire anybody else until you have met with us
DO: Meet with and speak to your attorney personally
DON'T: Rely on Jail Mail (junk mail is sent from attorneys who buy lists of
arrested people and mass mail them with so-called coupons and big claims.
Many of them are statewide and do not regularly practice in Kern County)
DO: Check out your attorney's reputation in the criminal law community.
Research the cases handled and results. Check them on the California State
DON'T: Hire any attorney who overstates their experience or makes you guarantees.
Find out if they have ever even done a criminal jury trial, and if so,
how many with what type of results? If they don't give you specifics,
they are probably lying to you
DO: Take time to talk to your attorney, meet with him personally, ask questions.
We have no problem sitting down with prospective clients and explaining
our excellent qualifications and record
DON'T: Believe you have to call a 24 hr lawyer. What can an attorney do for
you at 3 am? We talk to any potential client quickly, but good lawyers
do not act like tow truck services. If you hire a "24 hour"
attorney you have not done your research and you will suffer the consequences
DO: Talk to friends, police officers you know, and attorneys about the attorney
you are considering. Ask: Is the attorney well known? Has he been around
a long time? Has he gone to trial and won big cases? We can answer "yes"
to these questions.
DON'T: Hire an attorney in a costume or off a billboard. Mass marketing by an
attorney simply means their prior clients are NOT recommending them to
other people. A billboard or a commercial cannot defend you like we can.
Remember good reputations are earned over time not bought by marketing