What do I do if my daughter is in jail for attempted murder? 72 Answers as of August 08, 2011

My daughter is in custody for attempted murder. She didn't do it and she is still in custody with circumstantial evidence. What do we do?

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Lowenstein Law Office
Lowenstein Law Office | Anthony Lowenstein
It depends on several factors.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/4/2011
Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
You should consider immediately contacting an attorney in the area where the Court case will be held. You should hire the attorney to review the case, meet with her, appear in Court, and attempt to get her released on bond, if possible. If there are no funds for such a thing, then she will be appointed an attorney. You should address your concerns to that attorney.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/3/2011
The Law Office of Cindy Barton
The Law Office of Cindy Barton | Cindy Barton
Make sure that she has a good attorney.If she doesn't have funds and has an appointed attorney, try to determine if that attorney is really interested in working hard for her.Many appointed attorneys work very hard, and get good results.You and she need to be certain that you have an attorney that is involved in her case.Good Luck
Answer Applies to: Utah
Replied: 8/3/2011
Law Offices of Scott Tibbedeaux
Law Offices of Scott Tibbedeaux | Scott Tibbedeaux
You should seek legal counsel for your daughter, either a private lawyer or get a public defender assigned to her case. The attorney will be able to let your daughter know what her options are given the facts of her case.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/3/2011
Michael Anthony Wing, P.C.
Michael Anthony Wing, P.C. | Michael Anthony Wing
Tell her not to talk to anyone but the lawyer that is representing her. Stay well.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 8/2/2011
    Law Offices of Scott G. Hilderman
    Law Offices of Scott G. Hilderman | Scott G. Hilderman
    You make sure she knows not to talk to talk to anyone except her lawyer under any circumstances. Get her a good lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Montana
    Replied: 8/2/2011
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    Your choices include hiring an experienced attorney or if you do not have the resources, ask for a public defender. Under no circumstances should she go into court without counsel. The fact should be seriously investigated to determine what defenses she has and how to best use them.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 8/2/2011
    Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
    Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
    Hire a lawyer, and pray.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 8/2/2011
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation | Paul Wallin
    You do not say if you have a private lawyer representing her now, but the odds are good she may be represented by a public defender. Call us now at 877-466-5245 toll free and we can find out more about her case and you will see how we might help you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    Hire her a good criminal defense attorney. There is little more I can say without knowing there facts. Additionally, I would tell her NOT to talk with police until she is represented by an attorney AND to be VERY careful what she says if she is speaking with anyone on the jail house telephones. Those phone conversations are being monitored and recorded.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
    Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
    This response is general information only and does not establish an attorney client relationship. However since that is a very serious charge, you should hire an attorney for her.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Bloom Legal, LLC
    Bloom Legal, LLC | Seth J. Bloom
    You need to hire an attorney to represent your daughter and work to build a strong defense based on the specific details of her case. An attorney may be able to help you negotiate her release on bond in return for a promise to appear in court later. Attempted murder is a very serious charge and your daughter's defense should not be treated lightly.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Hedges & Tumposky
    Hedges & Tumposky | Michael Tumposky
    Circumstantial evidence is still evidence, but it may not be as strong. You need to hire an attorney to represent her.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    You should retain counsel for your daughter that has experience in capital crimes.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    Unfortunately, cases can often proceed to trial and convictions can be sustained on circumstantial evidence alone. As a result, you need an experienced an aggressive attorney to challenge the evidence in the case both in pretrial motions and at trial.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    > . I am a former state and federal prosecutor. We recommend that you retain an experienced criminal lawyer ASAP who will fight for your daughter's rights. Good luck!
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Law Office of Thomas J. Ogas
    Law Office of Thomas J. Ogas | Thomas Ogas
    Go find her a lawyer. Attempted murder is punished by life in prison. This is an extremely serious situation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Jonathan S. Willett Attorney at Law
    Jonathan S. Willett Attorney at Law | Jonathan S. Willett
    Hello- A person can only be held for investigation of a crime without the filing of formal charges for 72 hours absent good cause. If she is under investigation, you should immediately consult with an experienced attorney. She should be aware that all her jail telephone and visits will be recorded. She has to be very careful the she only talks to a lawyer about the facts. If she is charged, and she qualifies financially, she will be appointed a public defender.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Giannini Law Office, PC
    Giannini Law Office, PC | Robert Giannini
    You interview several criminal defense lawyers (at least 3) and choose the one you feel you can trust to do the best possible job. Please try to look past the slick advertising of many law firms. The ones with the best advertising campaigns are not always the best defense advocates.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Law Office of Michael Brodsky
    Law Office of Michael Brodsky | Michael Brodsky
    Because your daughter is charged with a criminal offense she is entitled to counsel. Whether that counsel is appointed - usually a public defender - or retained, private counsel, depends on her resources and/or your ability and willingness to help. If she gets a public defender she is likely to get a good and dedicated attorney experienced in criminal defense, that is after all, all that public defenders do: defend criminal charges. If you can hire counsel, she can choose who she has the most confidence in. Finally, if she is in-custody she will be under greater pressure to accept a deal. If she is out on bail, she will have a greater ability to get a better deal.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    A.L.A. Law Group, LLP
    A.L.A. Law Group, LLP | Lauren M. Mayfield
    You should speak with a criminal defense attorney right away. These are very serious charges and she will need representation right away to ensure all of her rights are being protected. An attorney will be able to tell you what her bail is set at and go into court and argue for a bail reduction, or if she doesn't have a record possibly for her to be released on her own recognizance. If she needs to be bailed out an attorney will be able to suggest a trustworthy bail bondsman. The charges will remain until she has a preliminary hearing and a judge decides if there is probable cause to hold her to the charges.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    July 31, 2011 If convicted on attempted murder the punishment would likely be severe and would likely involve substantial prison time. Hire an experienced and seasoned attorney immediately.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
    She needs a top notch attorney, of course. You either need to hire one if you can or rely on the court appointed system. What else did you expect me to advise?
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC
    Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC | Lacy Fields
    You get an attorney and have him or her immediately start gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses. Memories fade quickly and evidence disappears! If she's truly innocent, you will need to work quickly. If she is not innocent, then investigating the wrong things could make matters worse.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    All you can do is post bail and hire a good attorney.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Eric J Schurman, Attorney at Law
    Eric J Schurman, Attorney at Law | Eric James Schurman
    You need to hire an attorney to represent her.....immediately.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Frances R. Johnson
    Frances R. Johnson | Frances R. Johnson
    If she does not already have an attorney, look into hiring one. If she already has an attorney (whether private or public defender), make sure the attorney knows you're supportive of your daughter. The attorney really has to direct and decide what investigation needs to be done. Make sure the attorney knows you're available to answer questions and assist.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    The matter is one which is serious. First bond in capitol cases can be denied depending on the facts. Second bond can often be high. Did the judge set bond? If so what is it? Your daughter needs a good attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Law Offices of Jeffery A. Cojocar, PC
    Law Offices of Jeffery A. Cojocar, PC | Jeffery A. Cojocar
    She needs to reques counsel, or retain her own attorney
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    Contact a criminal defense lawyer. It is unclear if bail has been set, is she represented? There are far too many unknown facts to be able to give you a good answer.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Law Office of Sean Patrick Walsh
    Law Office of Sean Patrick Walsh | Sean Patrick Walsh
    Get the very best attorney possible.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    You? Nothing, except hire her an attorney and cooperate with him as needed. ed.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    If you can afford it, hire a good criminal defense attorney who has experience with serious cases. Attempted murder is a potential life sentence.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Law Office of Maureen Furlong Baldwin
    Law Office of Maureen Furlong Baldwin | Maureen Furlong Baldwin
    Of course an attempted murder is very serious as you know. Since you have not hired an attorney for her, the court has provided her either a public defender or a private court-paid attorney. They are working on her case. Very serious cases often move much more slowly through the system since attorneys want to make sure they have all the documents and evidence in the possession of the prosecutor that is needed. Your daughter will know the name of her attorney and how to reach him/her. She is likely instructed not to discuss the facts of her case with anyone except the attorney and is reminded that jail phones are recorded.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    You need to get her an attorney as soon like yesterday. I have free consultations and can explane the prosess to you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Potter Law Offices
    Potter Law Offices | Cal J. Potter, III, Esq.
    You would need to hire an attorney. If she already has an attorney provide the attorneys with the information that would prove the innocence.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Harrison & Harrison
    Harrison & Harrison | Samuel Harrison
    Hire a lawyer, try to get her a bond.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Attorney at Law
    Attorney at Law | Steven C. Bullock
    Best advice is to hire an attorney with the knowledge and experience you are comfortable with to handle the case. The charge you cite is extremely serious and she is in serious trouble that can end up with an extended prison stay if she is convicted. Good luck.-
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Expert Bronx Criminal Lawyers
    Expert Bronx Criminal Lawyers | Alexander Sanchez
    Either hire an attorney to aggressively represent her, or reach out to her court appointed lawyer for information about her case. Since you are not a lawyer it is your daughter's best interest to follow the advice of her attorney. However, you can be of great help to the attorney by providing the attorney with information, documents, witnesses,and concerns about the direction of the case
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    Your daughter should be represented by an attorney. The attorney should be able to advise you of what can be done. If she is in jail, there is probably a bond set. To get out of jail, she would have to post bond if there is one.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Gonzalez Law Associates P.C.
    Gonzalez Law Associates P.C. | Carlos Gonzalez
    Get an attorney immediately... Or at the very least contact her assigned attorney and see how you can assist.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Correia-Champa & Mailhot
    Correia-Champa & Mailhot | Susan Correia Champa
    Hire an attorney immediately.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson
    Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson | Michael E. Hendrickson
    Hire a competent criminal defense counsel to represent her and if you cannot afford such on your own, then have her ask the court to appoint one for her.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner | Roianne Houlton Conner
    You really need to obtain an attorney for her. If you can not afford an attorney ask the Court to appoint one for her. She also should have a bond set if she has not been convicted.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Gounaris Abboud Co. LPA
    Gounaris Abboud Co. LPA | Nicholas G. Gounaris
    The first thing to do is to hire a good criminal defense attorney
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Attorneys of Michigan, PLLC
    Attorneys of Michigan, PLLC | Daniel Hajji
    The best thing you can do for her is to hire the best criminal defense attorney in Michigan that you can afford. This is a very serious charge.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    You should retain an experienced criminal attorney if you can afford one. The fee on such a serious matter could be $15,000-$25,000 or more, especially if the matter goes to trial. If you cannot afford an attorney the court will appoint one. Your attorney will investigate the matter and speak to the prosecutor. He will advise you and your daughter as to how strong the evidence is against her. Do not rely on what your daughter has told you as many times people are not completely honest with their parents, the police, or their attorney when they give their version of the events. This can prevent you and your attorney from giving her good advice as to how to proceed. Every case begins with a search for the truth of what happened. Only after that is determined can an attorney advise a client as to how to proceed with a case.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Edward A. Kroll, Attorney at Law
    Edward A. Kroll, Attorney at Law | Edward A. Kroll
    You need to get her a good attorney. Immediately. An attorney might be able to get a judge to lower her bail, and it's very important to have an experienced attorney put together her defense. Attempted murder is obviously a serious charge, and should be faced with that same seriousness. I am a former prosecutor and would be happy to speak to you about your daughter's case and her options, free of charge. If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, the court will appoint her a public defender. The advantage to a public defender is that you don't pay much. The downside is that a public defender has a lot of cases on his/her plate and may not be able to focus solely on your daughter's case.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Law Offices of James A Bates
    Law Offices of James A Bates | James A Bates
    Get a lawyer on the case ASAP and tell her not to talk to ANYONE other than the lawyer. Not to cellmates and certainly not to the cops.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Law Offices of Matthew Murillo
    Law Offices of Matthew Murillo | Matthew Murillo
    Consult with and hire an attorney. This is a very serious charge.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law | Jules Fiani
    You need to hire a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Lisa Mulligan Law Offices, LLC
    Lisa Mulligan Law Offices, LLC | Lisa Mulligan
    I'm sorry to hear that you are in this situation. Your daughter will be assigned a public defender who will be able to provide her with information about the process and details about the allegations. If she is uncomfortable with the assigned public defender, she (or you) can retain a private defense attorney. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call at 206 707 9361. Take care!
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    Hire her the best lawyer you can and then take that lawyers advise!
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady
    The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady | Kevin O'Grady
    Hire a criminal attorney as quickly as possible. The longer she is in jail, without an attorney working on her case and providing her support, the more pressure builds for her to plead guilty. Additionally, her attorney needs to mount a defense quickly and speak to her quickly.
    Answer Applies to: Hawaii
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Law Office of Joe Dane
    Law Office of Joe Dane | Joe Dane
    I hope it goes without saying that she needs to be represented by a good criminal defense attorney. If you choose to and can afford to hire an attorney of your choosing, look for an attorney with felony trial experience and who routinely practices in the court where your daughter's case is being heard. You don't specify how long she's been in and what stage the criminal process her case is in. Her attorney may be investigating or reviewing discovery, etc. I also don't know what her theory of innocence is - that she wasn't the one to do something, that she has an alibi, that she acted in self-defense Circumstantial evidence can be enough to convict, but the circumstances have to add up to proof beyond a reasonable doubt. If she has an attorney currently, work with them - keep in mind that they may not be able to divulge certain aspects of the case to you for legal or ethical reasons, but I would assume they're keeping your daughter informed of any developments on the case. If this is a recent arrest and she is unrepresented, focus on finding an attorney for her if you plan to hire one and she's not going with the public defender. There may be defense investigation that needs to be done quickly before memories fade, evidence is lost, etc. If this is a southern California case and you'd like to discuss it further, give my office a call and we can schedule a time to meet. I wish you and your daughter the best.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    John Segelbaum, P.S.
    John Segelbaum, P.S. | John Segelbaum
    Make sure that she has the best possible defense. Circumstantial evidence cases cases can be very challenging for the defence.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Laguzzi Law, P.C.
    Laguzzi Law, P.C. | Carina Laguzzi
    Hire an experienced criminal defense attorney and make sure she does not talk about her case to anyone.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    Hire a good lawyer who is ready and willing to fight for your daughter. The lawyer may be able to get the bond reduced, too, so that you can bond her out.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Harris Law Firm
    Harris Law Firm | Jennifer C. Robins
    If your daughter is in custody for attempted murder she needs a lawyer immediately. Whether court appointed or retained, it is essential she get an attorney as soon as possible. At this point there is nothing you can do other than make sure she has a lawyer. Trust me, this is one of the criminal charges you cannot handle without a lawyer. In the meantime do not discuss the case with her at all. Phone calls from or to a correctional facility are recorded. In person visits may be as well, depending on the facility. Do not delay. If the court has not appointed counsel, your daughter needs to request they do immediately. You can always retain other counsel for your daughter at a later date.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Brown Law Offices
    Brown Law Offices | Philip H. Brown
    You need to hire an attorney that has extensive trial experience in violent crime defense. Attempted murder is a very serious crime which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Look for an attorney that exclusively practices criminal law and has worked as both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    That is an extremely serious charge. If she cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed to her by the court. If possible, you should try getting an experienced criminal attorney, preferably one with experience in capital cases, to represent her or at least do a consultation with her in the jail. Get a copy of the police report and any evidence that they have against her as soon as possible. That can be done through a FOIA request or her lawyer can obtain it from the Prosecutor's Office. Make sure she pleads Not Guilty at the arraignment.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Rothstein Law PLLC
    Rothstein Law PLLC | Eric Rothstein
    Get a good criminal attorney who can do an investigation and mount a defense.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    The Law Offices of Christopher J. McCann
    The Law Offices of Christopher J. McCann | Christopher J. McCann
    Hire a good local attorney immediately. She is entitled to bail as well, though it will be high. An attorney can get bail reviewed and perhaps lowered. She is also entitled to a preliminary hearing within 10 court days of her arraignment. You don't want to rush into things, but she can get a court to review the evidence and make a decision whether reasonable cause exists such that the case can go forward.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/31/2011
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