What to Do When Arrested in Tacoma

How can you protect your legal rights in Washington State?

At The Woods Law Office, PLLC in Tacoma, we get calls almost every day from people who have been charged with a crime and don’t know what to do. It is natural to be frightened and confused. Law enforcement knows this and will often try to use your fear against you in the hopes that you will say something you shouldn’t. As the expression goes, “Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.”

For more than a decade, defense attorney Doug Woods has advocated for people who find themselves in difficult legal situations. Whether you need a DUI attorney, have been cited for domestic violence or are facing a white collar crime charge, we want you to know that you are not alone and can count on us to give you effective representation and responsive service.

Five top things you should do if you have been charged with a crime
Consult with a competent criminal defense lawyer and speak only to your lawyer about what happened. Do not discuss the case with anyone else, including family, and especially police and investigators.
Keep documents related to your charge in a safe place to have available for your attorney.

Make a detailed record of what happened, including the dates and times of events, the names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses, and what was said. Maintain the confidentiality of this information and provide it only to your lawyer.
Strictly comply with any pretrial conditions of release imposed on you by the judge.

Arrange for financial resources to address bail and attorney’s fees.
If you have been charged with a crime, the counsel of an experienced criminal lawyer can make a tremendous difference in your outcome. Doug Woods is a former prosecutor with a track record of success in defending clients against criminal charges.

Schedule a free consultation with Tacoma criminal lawyer Douglas Woods

Regardless of the type of criminal charge you face, talk to us before you talk to the police or the prosecutor. To schedule a free consultation, please call The Woods Law Office, contact us online. Weekend or evening appointments can be arranged. We also offer flexible, affordable payment plans.

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