For some unfortunate individuals who have for one reason or another had a poor start in life, they are all to familiar with police and other law officials and know the system well. That is neither a complement nor a criticism of them but simply an acceptance that there are people who go off the rails and become frequent visitors of HMP. In contrast to the focal group of this articles topic, the people I refer to will know legal procedures well, be no stranger to a prison cell and possibly even have a solicitor stored on their mobile phone’s speed dial. Their families will also have become accustomed the various processes involved and know how to deal with such a circumstance should their loved one be arrested or charged with an offense. However, I would like to focus on the opposite side of the spectrum by way of highlighting just how difficult it can be for a lay person to find the best solicitor when faced with what as I describe below for them is far from routine.Legal Representation in Houston is an excellent resource for this.
Consider if you will someone who has had a good upbringing, a close and supportive family and works hard to provide for his own as a result of what can only be described as the ideal start in life. Despite that, they can still be arrested and charged but will not have any previous experience in how to cope with the situation they find themselves in. Add to that the possibility that they are also innocent and can’t comprehend what they are doing where they are, the results are horrific and the difficulties they face are compounded by their own previous good conduct. By that I mean they know of no solicitors, they’ve had no reason to before and hence are left to select who will ultimately play a significant role in deciding their future by virtue of nothing more than luck of the draw.
I think you’ll agree that from this perspective the odds are stacked very much against the morally upright citizen with no past record. The very thing that should be in their favor is actively working in the opposite way. But it can be even worse, much worse should they be remanded in custody.
Another alien situation and environment with other formalities and processes which must be adhered to before a simple thing such as a phone call can even be made. They won’t have ready access to a phone book and will have absolutely no chance off searching Google but providing when they were detained they had money in their pocket they will at lease be able to call a relative who can try to find a solicitor. If not well, the 30p call allowance upon reaching prison won’t go far…..
It then falls on the relative to seek the best possible legal representation to ensure that someone falsely accused doesn’t also find themselves being wrongly convicted. Wrongly accused and charged with an offense they have not committed, their relatives now shoulder the burden of choosing who will play their part in the justice system and all going well achieve the rightful result of acquittal. There are however no tools at their disposal to assist in this respect, a telephone directory will provide a list of candidates, as will looking on any Internet search engine but what their credentials are is another matter entirely.