If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, or if you are being investigated but have not yet been arrested, you need to understand your legal rights. A conviction of a crime may result in much more than jail time or probation. A defendant may also face heavy fines, possible restitution to the victim of the crime, the suspension of driving privileges and increased insurance rates, community service, and submission to a drug or alcohol treatment program. There may also be long-term effects like not being able to get a desired job, receive a professional license, or get into a certain school because of a criminal record. Athens criminal defense lawyer Jason Slider at the law firm of Baker & Slider knows that it is absolutely critical that a person accused of criminal activity aggressively fight the charges in order to protect his or her future. He is here to help people who need a DUI attorney or representation in many other criminal cases, including:
- Serious traffic offenses, which include DUI;
- Underage alcohol possession, minor in possession, or fake ID;
- Drug crimes, which include illegal drugs and prescription drugs;
- Weapons crimes;
- Violent crimes;
- Domestic violence;
- Theft and other property crimes;
- White collar crimes;
- Probation and parole violations; and
Jason Slider can represent you from start to finish in your case, from the pretrial investigation phase through the process of seeking any post-conviction remedies, such as appeals and writs of habeas corpus in some situations.Put a Former Prosecutor’s Experience to Work in Your Criminal Defense
From his former experience as a prosecutor in Georgia, Jason Slider has learned how the State prepares and handles cases. He also recognizes that there are often weaknesses in a particular case that may hamper the prosecution’s ability to sustain a charge. Since the State has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, it is very important that law enforcement abide by the letter of the law with regard to arrests, searches, seizures, and interrogation tactics. However, this does not always happen, and constitutional violations may occur. Sometimes an officer’s failure to properly execute a search warrant pursuant to the Fourth Amendment or advise an arrestee of the Fifth Amendment right to remain silent may result in the exclusion of critical evidence at trial. Without this evidence, it may be impossible for the State to prove its case.
In addition to holding law enforcement accountable for any errors in the investigative or arrest process, a defendant may be entitled to assert an affirmative defense in some circumstances or attack the prosecution’s ability to prove a certain element of the charged offense. For instance, self-defense, a mistake of fact, or a lack of specific intent may also assist a Georgia resident accused of a crime in preventing the state from proving their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, which is a high burden to meet. Of course, it takes more than a simple assertion of a defense to defeat a criminal charge. It also takes a knowledgeable and dedicated criminal defense attorney who knows how to get the job done.Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer in the Athens Area
If you have been charged with a crime or are under investigation for potential misconduct, it is essential that you take action to defend yourself. At Baker & Slider, we work with many types of clients, including students from the University of Georgia and other colleges, to protect their rights when they are facing or under the threat of facing criminal prosecution. Athens criminal defense attorney Jason Slider is a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National College for DUI Defense, and he is a founding member of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys. He has received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell (the highest peer review rating), the 10 Best 3-Year Client Satisfaction Award from the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys, and the Top 100 DUI Attorneys in the State of Georgia from the National Advocacy for DUI Defense. To discuss a drunk driving charge, explore your options with a drug crime attorney, or seek representation in fighting another type of charge, call us at (706) 208-1514 or contact us online for a free consultation. Our offices are located in downtown Athens across the street from the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse. We represent people in Athens, Jefferson, Watkinsville, Danielsville, and other communities in Clarke, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, and surrounding counties.