Whether it is a family member or close friend, you may have someone you care a lot about in trouble with the law.
So, what would be your first train of thought?
Would you rush to their assistance by finding a criminal defense attorney? Or, would you take a step back and think things through without providing any commitment to help them?
Those are but two of the questions you may have to answer at some point.
Another would be how to locate one you care about when they are in trouble but did not have a location?
Yes, some things for you to think about no doubt.
What Options Do You Have?
When you know or think someone you care about is in trouble with the law, you do have some options to go over in your head.
Among them would be:
1. Coming to their rescue – If you find one close to you is in trouble, one of the first thoughts may turn to legal counsel. Depending on the charges they are facing, the right attorney may well be worth it. If the one you know has a past criminal history, having one represent them takes on added importance. You can use the Internet if you do not know of a good criminal defense attorney. That is to see who is out there and in the area of where the individual was arrested. In looking for such an attorney, you want one with a strong legal background. You also want someone who gets high marks from citizens who’ve used them.
2. Finding where the individual is currently located? – What if you heard through the grapevine that someone close to you is in fact in jail and you were not aware? Are there options on the table for you to track them down? If they may be in California, one option would be going online and turning to a CDCR inmate locator. Doing this allows you to try and find the inmate within California. With their full name and any other details, you could be that much closer to locating them sooner than later. View their records online to see what their current criminal history is. Also look at how to go about contacting them should you choose to and more.
3. Offering them advice to – Depending on the issues in play here, you may or may not be able to get through to a loved one. If there is hope of turning things around and getting them on the right path, by all means go for it. If they have an extensive criminal history and show little interest in turning it around, it may be too late. That said weigh the situation so you have a good sense of where you stand in helping them. There are plenty of people who’ve had issues with the law and ended up turning things around with some help.
In helping out a loved one in trouble with the law, where will you start the quest?