FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What types of criminal cases can you handle?

We can handle all criminal defense cases.  Here is a list of some of the common types of cases we routinely handle:

  • Violent crimes
  • Sex crimes
  • Drug crimes
  • Weapons and firearms crimes
  • White collar crimes/financial crimes
  • Fraud
  • Casino marker/bad checks
  • Identity theft
  • DUI
  • Battery/domestic violence
  • Record sealing
  • Misdemeanors
  • Traffic violations

If I am detained or arrested by a police officer, should I agree to speak with the officer?

Whether it is before or after you are arrested, we advise that you never agree to speak with a police officer before consulting with and hiring an experienced attorney. In general, people do not always realize that they are not required to provide a statement (or confession) to law enforcement. You always have the right to remain silent, because anything you say can and will be used against you in court. You also have the right to a lawyer. It is critical that you clearly state to a police officer immediately when you are detained, that you will not agree to provide a statement, and that you want a lawyer. You should inform the officer of this as early on in the process as possible. Police officers, and then prosecutors, will use anything you say against you in court, which can adversely affect your case.

What is the difference between a felony, a gross misdemeanor, and a misdemeanor charge?

The difference is the amount of jail or prison time you might serve if you are convicted of a felony, gross misdemeanor or misdemeanor. A felony is punishable by a minimum of one year in prison. A gross misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum of one year in jail. A misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum of six months in jail. No matter what you are charged with, it is critical that you hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer as early on in the process as possible.

I was just going to plead guilty, so do I need to hire an attorney?

Whether you plan to plead guilty or not, we strongly recommend that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect all your valuable constitutional rights. It is never a good ideal to represent yourself in court. The person prosecuting you for committing a crime will be seeking severe penalties, with potentially unforeseen harsh consequences that you may not be aware of at the time of the prosecution of the case against you. We can represent you with the purpose of obtaining a more favorable outcome through negotiating your case, if possible, or through proceeding to trial, if necessary.

If I am convicted of a felony, will I go to prison or will I get probation?

If you are convicted of a felony, the judge who sentences you will determine whether you go to prison or not. If the judge places you on probation, the judge will impose an underlying prison sentence, as probation is an alternative to prison. What this means is that the judge has suspended your prison sentence and has ordered you to follow specific probationary terms. Probationary terms include regularly reporting to a probation officer, attending rehabilitative and/or training programs, obtaining employment, obtaining a high school diploma or equivalency, and completing community service.

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