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Friday, September 22, 2017

Blog Series: Why Having an Attorney Immediately is So Important; Post One: About This Blog Series

This blog post is part of a series focusing on the reasons why it is so important to immediately contact our office if you have been arrested and charged with a crime. The series will explore in detail what a knowledgeable attorney can do to assist you or someone you know when they are facing criminal charges. If you need representation in a legal matter, call our office immediately at 615.933.8230 

 

Post One: About This Blog Series: Why Retaining Counsel Immediately is So Important 

By Kevin Teets, Attorney at Law

What comes to mind when you read the word "Procrastination?"

The word makes my own mind drift back to my college days at the University of TN at Martin in a dorm room with an ink pen in one hand, a red-bull in the other, and my sleep-deprived eyes that would depart from the organized chaos of my handwritten notes only for the time it took to glance at the clock on my desk to see how much time remained before having to leave for class.

Several years after graduating from college I visited with a mentor, and adviser to my senior thesis project, Dr. Richard Robinson. I'll never forget his eruption of laughter and facial expressions when I paused and responded with a smart-ass answer of "Umm... I don't know what you're talking about" to his baited inquiry of,

"So, tell me about law school. I bet you can't wait til the last damn minute to do everything there, can you?"

Robinson was my mentor and adviser for three years and we knew each other's languages even when words were not spoken. Translated into the English language his unforgettable laughter meant, "I miss academically hazing you" and "I told you procrastination would not work in law school, didn't I?"

While I was then not distant enough from the time we spent together to admit it, he was absolutely right.

Reading pages 1-50 in the textbook only a few days before class and then cramming before the test did not work in grad school and it does not work for someone who is charged with a crime.  

Now imagine if you waited the night before the test to read pages 1-50, but as you open up your text book you then learn that pages 4, 9, 14, 19, 22-29, 34, 42-44, and 49 were ripped out of the book and no longer there for you to read. Think you could pass the test tomorrow? Likely not. 

Now imagine that instead of a test, tomorrow is your date in court and those pages ripped from the textbook were the exhibits you and your lawyer would like to use as evidence in your criminal defense to the charge of driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, assault, or theft?

Just as passing the test becomes more difficult, having a successful outcome in your legal matter also becomes more difficult, or in many cases, becomes absolutely impossible, if you are facing a legal matter and rather than immediately contacting an attorney, you choose to procrastinate.

Waiting to contact a lawyer can cost you (literally cost you money in some instances), can mean you remain in jail unable to make a bond, can mean that important evidence in your case disappears, can mean that you miss important deadlines, and the list continues...

These are the topics that this blog series will explore. If you need an attorney, contact our office immediately. Our consultations are free and my office wants to help.

This concludes Post 1: About this Series.

Up Next: For the next post in this series, I will focus on Part TWO: Bonding Out of Jail and the Attorney Client Relationship 




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