If you have been charged with a felony, or think you might be, you need to immediately talk to a well-qualified and experienced criminal defense lawyer. My name is Eric Derleth and I have the education, training and experience to handle even the most challenging felony trials. I can help you understand the facts and law in your case. Because of the human toll these cases can take, I can also help you and your family learn ways to cope with the overwhelming pressure that will naturally result when someone accuses you of something so serious that you could be branded a ‘Felon’ for the rest of your life.
To be clear: I will not tell you just what you want to hear; instead, I will be candid and honest with you at all times. If you are accused of a serious crime, you do not need a cheerleader or a buddy – you need aggressive advocacy to protect you and your family. Juries have been poisoned to believe that the police and government do not charge people and drag them through a trial unless they are “obviously guilt”. So, you have to hire an attorney who recognizes that these common juror prejudices can’t be changed, but instead knows how to use these biases in your favor to help try to win your trial.
Fortunately, the best thing you can do before you hire a good lawyer is also the simplest to remember: Shut up. Do not talk. Do not talk to anyone, including your family or friends about the allegations, especially over the telephone. To be safe, presume that anyone who tries to talk to you about allegations involving you are tape-recording you. The second thing you should do is quickly set a time to personally talk to a good trial lawyer who handles criminal defense regularly. Tell the lawyer’s office when you call that your case is important and that you need to meet with the lawyer as soon as possible. When you make that call to me, my staff will make sure you speak with me at my next available slot – often that same day.
Do not delay this important step. Even if you don’t call me, make sure you ask around for recommendations for well-qualified trial lawyers instead of just calling some unknown name from a yellow pages ad you see. While you need to act quickly, do not decide foolishly. Do some investigation into the reputation of the lawyer you choose to meet with – this could be the most important situation you have ever faced and you need to make the right decision about who to hire. I suggest you read the “Top Ten Things You Must Ask Your Lawyer” [HYPERLINK] on this website before you have your next meeting with whichever lawyer you choose. All lawyers are not the same and your serious situation demands the best. I can promise to give you my best and that I’ll use everything I know to try to win your case or get you the best result that maximizes your freedom.
If you want me to take a look at your felony case, please CLICK HERE and fill out the confidential intake form. All information you share with my office will be kept private and not shared with anyone without your express permission. If a referral to a different law office or other professional is deemed appropriate, one may be made at that time.