Law Office of 
Elyssa Korman Williams - DUI, Criminal Law
300 Colonial Center Parkway, Suite 100 Roswell, GA 30076 - (678) 613-5732

Our practice also handles family law cases, including divorce, child support, prenuptials and child custody.
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Practice Areas:

     • DUI
     • Suspended License
     • Hit And Run
     • Racing
     • Other Traffic
     • Battery
     • Domestic Violence
     • Marijuana
     • Under Age Possession
     • Theft
     • Other

     • Drug Trafficking
     • Drug Possession
     • Sex Crimes
     • Burglary
     • Robbery
     • Aggravated Assault
 Probation Violations
 Bond Hearings

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10 Mistakes People Make When They Are Charged with a Crime
(and How to Avoid Them)

1. Giving a voluntary statement to police.  Police love to trick people into giving them information – and it is entirely legal for them to do so! I cannot tell you how many cases I have seen that could never have been proven if it wasn’t for my client’s own statements.  You always have a right to remain silent, even if the police never read you your rights.  Remember, there is nothing that you can say to the police now that you can’t tell them later when your attorney is present.

2. Allowing the police to come inside and search without a warrant.  Beware of police asking “You don’t mind if we look around, do you?” Yes, you mind.
Your home is your castle.  If they have a search warrant, you should ask to read it.   The warrant should indicate what they are allowed to look for and where.  You should ask the police if they will allow you to watch the search.

3. Not being polite and courteous with police.  Many police will treat you like a criminal even if you have done nothing wrong.  But, this is not the time to make them more angry. Don’t do anything that will cause the situation to escalate and turn something bad into something even worse.

4. Resisting Arrest.  If the police have made a decision to arrest you, being uncooperative will only hurt your case – and is a crime itself.  Comply with any movement requests, such as placing your hands behind your back to be cuffed, but remember that you don’t have to give any statements or allow searches.

5. Voluntarily giving samples of body fluids, fingerprints, handwriting, or clothing.  Police generally need a court order to obtain these types of evidence from you.   Your lawyer may later agree to give these things to them, but you should talk it over with your lawyer first.

6. Taking a polygraph or lie-detector test.  There is a reason that these tests are not allowed to be used as evidence in court – they are unreliable.  You can be telling the truth and it can show that you are lying, or vice versa.  In certain situations, polygraph tests are helpful, but should be used only after careful consideration by your lawyer.

7. Talking about the incident to your family or friends.  Even if you don’t give a statement to the police, your friends may.  Police don’t have many restrictions on questioning your friends or family about what they know or what you might have told them.  Later, your friends can be called as witnesses at a trial and made to tell the jury anything that you told them.

8. Waiting too long to hire a lawyer.  It is easy to procrastinate and put off the inevitable. But, your lawyer needs time to investigate your case and prepare your defense.  Too often, witnesses become harder to locate, crime scenes change, and helpful evidence disappears.  The police are generally on the scene close in time to the incident.  Shouldn’t you give your lawyer that same advantage?

9. Not telling your lawyer all the facts.  Your lawyer can’t give you the best representation without knowing the facts.  Even if the facts are bad or embarrassing, your lawyer can do a much better job if he or she knows the facts up front.  You should choose a lawyer who you know won’t judge you, but will protect your best interests no matter what.

10. Choosing a lawyer who is not experienced in criminal law or in doing jury trials.  Criminal charges can have serious consequences – present and long term.  Using an experienced and skilled attorney can have a tremendous affect on the outcome of your case.  Click HERE to see the 6 most important questions to ask before hiring a criminal defense attorney.

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