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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need help with reducing bail or avoiding jail time?

Do I Need To Hire An Attorney If I Plan On Pleading Quilty?
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Regardless of what you plan on pleading, it is vital you hire a criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights. Representing yourself in court is never a good idea, as the prosecution seeks to bring the harshest penalties possible in criminal cases. An attorney from our firm can help you obtain a lighter sentence, or minimize or completely eliminate your criminal charges, if possible.

What Are My Rights After An Arrest?
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After you have been arrested, you have two rights: the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. Your arresting officer is required to ``read you your rights`` via the Miranda Warning and to respect those rights after your arrest. If the officer tries to trick, intimidate or force you into making a statement or saying anything at all before you have retained the counsel of a defense lawyer, you may be able to fight your arrest on the grounds of police misconduct.

Is There A Difference Between A Felony And Misdemeanor Charge?
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A felony is punishable by one or more years in prison. When charged with a misdemeanor, you are not facing a prison sentence longer than one year. Misdemeanor crimes are often considered less serious than felonies according to the criminal justice system. However, regardless of what type of criminal charges you are facing, it is still imperative you hire a lawyer to ensure your rights are protected.

My Child Was Charged With A Crime. What Should I Do Now?
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At our office, we handle juvenile cases with extreme urgency. We understand that your son or daughter has their whole life ahead of them, and they cannot afford to let a criminal charge to get in the way. If your child has plans for college or a career in the future, it will be in your best interest to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. When your child is charged with a crime, the parent is often held responsible for any financial damages or fines. As such, only a lawyer will be able to protect your child from facing harsh repercussions and keep you from paying steep fines.

Will My Case Go To Trial?
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Depending on your case and your attorney, you may have to go to trial. When charges are filed against you and a verdict cannot be reached prior to going to trial, you must go to court. To avoid trial, however, your lawyer may be able to convince the prosecution your case is not worth prosecuting or may be able to prove your charges were not filed on legal grounds. If this is true, your case may be dismissed.

What Is The Difference Between Probation And Parole?
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The primary difference is that probation is an alternative to prison, while parole is essentially a shortened duration of the time spent in prison. Probation is a criminal sentence that allows the convicted person to suspend jail or prison time in exchange for abiding by certain terms, such as regular contact with a probation officer, attendance at a rehabilitation program and/or attendance at work or school. Parole is an option for completing a criminal sentence outside of prison. It is offered to a prisoner after he or she has already completed a certain portion of the sentence in prison. A person on parole may also have to abide by certain terms, much like someone on probation.

What If The Officer Did Not Read My Rights?
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The arresting officer's failure to make you aware of your Miranda Rights could have significant impact upon your case. Because your rights were not properly explained to you, the judge may rule that anything you said when taken into custody is inadmissible as evidence before the court.

If I Failed The Breath Or Blood Test Is There Any Point To Fighting My DWI?
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Unfortunately, many people plead guilty to a drunk driving charge without realizing they have the opportunity to challenge the evidence and fight the allegations. No matter what evidence the court has against you, it is imperative that you speak with a knowledgeable defense lawyer before making any decisions about your case. In many cases there are a variety of factors that could have seriously impacted the results of their chemical tests, and thus may have tainted the evidence. For instance, did the officer ensure you had not vomited or burped within 30 minutes of administering a breath test? Was the breath machine properly maintained and calibrated? Was your arm wiped with an alcohol swab before a blood sample was taken? There are many issues that can affect the court's alleged evidence against you, so make sure you have all the facts you need to make an informed decision by talking with a skilled DWI attorney.