How can I help a family member who has been charged with a crime? 46 Answers as of November 09, 2011

My dad is being accused of snuggling narcotics into the United States and I believe all they have against him is conspiracy. I don't know what I should do?

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Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
Stand by him, support him and answer any questions his lawyer ask, do not speak to the cops - no matter what, do not speak to the cops - and do not waste the lawyer's time trying to understand or get involved in the case, just be there for support and information when requested. Otherwise, moral support is important and if you can help pay the lawyer, that is always helpful. As for things you can do to advance the case, there is nothing you can do, you can only monkey it up by accidentally telling the Judge, cops, or prosecutor something they did not already know. Even if the thing you tell him is true and beneficial to your Dad, they will not care, it will be ignored. If the thing you say hurts your Dad, they will listen and keep it and use it.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 11/9/2011
Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
Your Dad needs an attorney. If you cannot afford one he shouod request a court appointed attorney. By the way Conspiracy is a serious charge.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 11/8/2011
Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
There is little you can do other than offer your moral and maybe financial support. He should have an attorney represent him.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 11/7/2011
Shane Law Office
Shane Law Office | Robert J. Shane
This sounds like a federal narcotics case. The penalties in federal court are extreme if he is convicted and sentenced. My advice would be to retain an experienced narcotics defense attorney to represent your father as soon as possible.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 11/7/2011
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
Look for a good attorney for him and give him emotional support.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 11/7/2011
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
    Your dad needs a good attorney. If he can't afford to hire an attorney he can get the Public Defender (Federal Defender in fed court.) The best way you could help him is to either hire an attorney for him or get in touch with his court-appointed attorney.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/7/2011
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    Your best advice is for them to hire an attorney. You could help with fees or transportation to the attorney's office. Other than that, the person charged faces the case on their own. I hope that this was helpful.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 11/7/2011
    Law Offices of Paula Drake
    Law Offices of Paula Drake | Paula Drake
    The best thing for you to do, since your knowledge of the facts seems limited, is to contact an attorney who can look into the status of the case for you. They can then advise you what you can do for your dad.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/7/2011
    Law Office of Richard Southard
    Law Office of Richard Southard | Richard C Southard
    Unfortunately, short of finding a good attorney for him, helping to arrange surety for his release, and organizing friends and family willing to write letters of reference/recommendation for him at the appropriate time, there is little you can do. Stay actively involved with his defense attorney, letting them know that there are loved ones counting on them to do the best job possible for your dad.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/7/2011
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq.
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
    Start by hiring a lawyer with a good investigator to see if your father's case has any merit.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 11/7/2011
    Law Office of Andrew Roberts
    Law Office of Andrew Roberts | Andrew Stephen Roberts
    You need to hire an attorney for your father who has experience dealing with drug offenses and arresting authorities. These matters can be dealt with if handled correctly.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/7/2011
    Law Office of James E. Smith
    Law Office of James E. Smith | James Smith
    Hire him a good criminal lawyer who practices in that federal court district.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 11/7/2011
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    The best thing you can do is provide moral support and make sure he has excellent representation. Just letting him know that you are there for him will help him tremendously.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 11/5/2011
    Epstein & Conroy
    Epstein & Conroy | David B. Epstein
    This is potentially a very serious offense, and if you are able, the best thing you could do for him is help retain an attorney who is experienced in criminal law. Do not hire a "general practitioner" or an inexperienced attorney. these cases are potentially complex and only an attorney who has sufficient experience could give your father the representation he deserves.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/5/2011
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    The best way to help a person charged with a crime is to consult with more than one attorney and hire the one you feel will best help in your dads situation. Stressing to your father the importance of not talking to anyone about this is one of the best things you can do.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    Baner and Baner
    Baner and Baner | Jonathan Baner
    Nothing much. Make sure he can afford a good lawyer, and then help that lawyer track down information if he wants you to (though honestly that is often just busy work in my opinion).
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    There isn't much you can do except for cooperate with his lawyer in providing positive information about your dad.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    Furlong & Drewniak PLLC
    Furlong & Drewniak PLLC | Thaddeus Furlong, Esq.
    Obtain a good criminal defense lawyer to look into the case and seek defenses to the elements of the crime. The government must prove every element and legal research needs to be done to find out if the government can prove each part of the crime.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    Hire a lawyer who is well versed in FEDERAL criminal law. If you need a suggestion get in touch as I know most of the good criminal lawyers in California, having been president of the statewide criminal trial lawyers association (CACJ). If he has no money the federal defenders are generally excellent as they do nothing but federal criminal work. Whatever you do, don't pay a lawyer without checking out how many criminal cases he/she has done. Federal criminal cases are very expensive. Off the top of my head $50,000 would not be an outrageous fee.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    The Law Offices of Seth D. Schraier
    The Law Offices of Seth D. Schraier | Seth D. Schraier
    The best way you can help your father is by helping him find a good criminal defense attorney to represent him in this matter. As much as you want to help your father, it is best that you let an attorney figure out how best to serve your father and what kind of defense to present in court.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    Hire an experienced criminal attorney to help him. An attorney representing this person will be able to interview the accused, find out what evidence the government has against him, and determine what is the best course of action to take in defending him. Other than that, there is nothing you can really do. And yes, conspiracy is a crime, also.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    The Law Offices of Christopher J. McCann
    The Law Offices of Christopher J. McCann | Christopher J. McCann
    Get him a qualified attorney in the area right away!
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    Law Office of Kathryn L. Hudson
    Law Office of Kathryn L. Hudson | Kathryn L. Hudson
    Your father is likely facing federal charges and that is very serious. Federal mandatory sentencing guidelines makes it very critical that he have an experienced criminal defense attorney that practices in federal court.
    Answer Applies to: Arkansas
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    bark & karpf
    bark & karpf | peter bark
    Better contact a good lawyer right away. Drug smuggling could get him most of the rest of his life in jail, depending on the weight.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    If he is in custody, get him bailed out. If not in custody help him find the best lawyer in your locality.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    Bruce Yerman, Attorney At Law
    Bruce Yerman, Attorney At Law | Bruce Yerman
    You can help your dad by hiring the best criminal lawyer you can afford.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    Wilson Lafaurie Attorney at Law
    Wilson Lafaurie Attorney at Law | Wilson Lafaurie
    It's hard to tell by your question the jurisdiction in which this occurred, I am guessing federal court. My biggest concern is that the federal agents and the prosecutors in your fathers case are working hard to build a conspiracy indictment against him without proper legal representation. If your family delays retaining private counsel on this type of matter I see irreversible damage occurring. Damage that even a very competent lawyer can not reverse. Waiting day by day only puts your father in a worse position to settle this case.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    Robert Mortland
    Robert Mortland | Law Office of Robert Mortland
    Speak with an attorney and do not make any statements to the police unless told to do so by your attorney.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    If your Dad has an attorney, which I assume he does, then my advice is for you to work with your dad's attorney. Your failure to do so, could jeopardize your father's case, because you may say or do something that is inappropriate.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    Rizio & Nelson
    Rizio & Nelson | John W. Bussman
    That's easy: hire a good attorney. It's impossible to discuss strategy and possible defenses without know a whole lot more about the case.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    That is a serious federal crime that can carry a 10 year prison sentence. If he cannot afford the $25,000-$50,000 legal fee the court will appoint an attorney to handle the case. If he was caught with drugs at the border the search will be legal and he will probably have to enter into a plea agreement. If it was a large amount of drugs and they believe that he is a major drug smuggler he will receive a long prison term. There is nothing you can do to help him, he needs a good federal defense attorney and they are very expensive.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    Law Office of Daniel K Martin
    Law Office of Daniel K Martin | Daniel K Martin
    In most cases conspiracy to commit a crime is punishable by the same sentence as committing the crime. The best thing you can do for your dad is to help him hire the best lawyer you can afford.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    D T Pham Associates, PLLC
    D T Pham Associates, PLLC | Duncan T Pham
    Conspiracy is more than enough. Hire a lawyer with federal court and immigration knowledge experience. This could turn into a very serious charge.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    Help him hire the best lawyer he can. Then have him take that lawyers advice.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    Law Offices of Kenrick Young
    Law Offices of Kenrick Young | Nicholas Lazzarini
    You should advise him not to answer any questions and to request an attorney. You should also consult an attorney with federal court drug trafficking experience.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady
    The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady | Kevin O'Grady
    Even a charge of conspiracy can result in a federal conviction and prison time. If you want to try to avoid the conviction and prison time, you need to hire an attorney that will fight for you all the way.
    Answer Applies to: Hawaii
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law | Gary Moore
    Conspiracy to commit a serious crime is a serious crime with serious penalties. He needs the best lawyer he can get. Federal public defenders are usually pretty good.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    Of course, a defendant's family can be a good source of encouragement and moral support. We also recommend that, if you are able, you might help by seeking an experienced criminal defense attorney to help him as to all his rights and options.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    Law Offices of Ed Suarez, P.A.
    Law Offices of Ed Suarez, P.A. | Eddie Suarez
    The best thing you can do is help him hire a good criminal defense lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 11/3/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    You can be supportive. If able, you can help provide counsel.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/4/2011
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC | Rankin Johnson IV
    If you have the money to hire a good attorney for your dad, that would help him. There probably isn't much else you can do to help with the charges, but you can ask his lawyer. He probably needs family support right now, though. 'Conspiracy' covers a lot of ground, but he could be facing a very long time in prison. It's not a good idea for him to talk about the charges with anyone, including you. But he surely needs to know that his family stands behind him, whether he is guilty or not.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 11/3/2011
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