A lot of people in New Hampshire and across the country get their legal knowledge from shows like Law & Order. While these are very interesting shows that cover a wide range of criminal and legal topics, it’s important to remember that they are fictional.
One of the common themes that we see in these shows is the negative implication of a defendant asking for an attorney. Television shows, even those that discuss real cases, often make it seem as though hiring an attorney is somehow an indicator of guilt. The question police officers often ask is: if you are innocent, why do you need an attorney?
Hiring an attorney has nothing to do with a lack of innocence. It has everything to do with getting solid representation on a topic that an individual is likely not familiar with. Just as many people get help from tax professionals to do their taxes, an attorney can help an individual through the difficult legal process. Having to face the criminal justice system without the help of an experienced attorney who understands the ins and outs of your specific situation can be extremely frightening.
Although many people lose their sense of innocence in the public’s eye, it’s important to remember that you are legally considered innocent unless a conviction is secured. Until then, you have every right to ask for an attorney in order to help you navigate the legal system. While some may question your innocence, keep in mind that your future is on the line and an attorney can help protect it.