Being charged with even minor offenses can be upsetting and traumatic. Escaping those situations with an unblemished record is often paramount and crucial to gaining employment, one’s standing in the community, and sometimes to save a career that you have worked for years to achieve. While technically you may be able to handle the case yourself, criminal defense attorneys can help you understand what to do if you are arrested, how to deal with the criminal process and give you a better understanding of your rights as a criminal defendant. Criminal offenses are often very serious with severe legal consequences. You could be facing jail, prison, probation, fines, restitution or other sanctions.