Answers From A Proven Defense Lawyer
If you have been accused of a crime, placed under arrest or are the subject of a criminal investigation, you likely have a lot of questions about your situation, your defense options and your future.
I am Rabb Wilkerson, a Warner Robins criminal defense lawyer who has been providing the accused with strong defense for more than 25 years. Read on for answers to some of the most common questions I receive from prospective clients. For answers to your specific questions, contact me to schedule a consultation.
“Should I talk to the police?”
No. It doesn’t matter that you are right. It doesn’t matter that you have been falsely accused. It doesn’t matter that this is all a big misunderstanding. You simply cannot talk your way out of this situation, and trying will only make things worse. It is crucial to save your talking for your attorney.
“Will I have to go to court?”
It is important not to get too far ahead of yourself. There are numerous possible outcomes, and the steps along the way will differ based on the unique circumstances of your case. Sometimes I am able to achieve a dismissal of charges or prevent charges from ever being filed by engaging the prosecution. Other cases can be resolved through negotiating a plea to a lesser charge, while other times it is necessary to go to trial to protect the rights of my clients. I will make sure you understand what is going on at all phases of your case and prepare you for the full range of possible outcomes.
“You are a former prosecutor. Why does that matter?”
I have experience on both sides of criminal law, and I am able to use that perspective to build a strong defense that anticipates the prosecution’s strategic decisions. I also have an excellent working relationship with law enforcement and prosecutors. This cordial, professional relationship can be to your benefit as I attempt to negotiate an outcome that limits your exposure to harsh criminal penalties and the collateral consequences that come with having a criminal record.
“Can’t I just pay the fine and move on?”
It seems logical in a vacuum. Just pay the fine and move on with your life, right? The problem is you do not know what the future holds, and having an offense on your record can make the consequences even harsher for the next offense. It is important to fully pursue your right to a defense in every case.
“Will I have a criminal record?”
Most misdemeanors and all felonies will go on your record. A criminal record can haunt you long after you have served your time and paid your fines. Being a convicted felon can make it nearly impossible to find employment or housing. The only way to avoid these collateral consequences is to avoid being convicted of a crime in the first place. I can help you protect your rights, your reputation and your future.
Contact Me Today
If you have been charged with a criminal offense, contact me online or call the Law Office of T. Rabb Wilkerson, III, P.C., at 478-225-4370 to schedule an initial consultation and for a case evaluation.