Criminal allegations can have a devastating impact on all aspects of your life. If you are under investigation, have been arrested or charged with a crime, the decisions and statements that you make at this time may permanently damage your defense and impact the outcome of your case. REMAIN SILENT! Any reasons, excuses or justifications that you feel compelled to share with the police may hurt your case. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS, and exercise them to protect yourself until legal counsel is available. Sometimes, a "plea of guilty" may seem like an easy way out of the chaos of the criminal process. However, a "plea" made in haste may have serious ramifications against you in the future in terms of finding a job, possible sentencing as a habitual offender or limiting your rights to bear arms. The criminal process can be complex and confusing. You need an attorney to protect your rights and provide a vigorous defense for you.