Criminal Defense

What should I do if I've been arrested?

If you've been arrested, it's important to remain calm and respectful. You have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. It's advisable not to answer questions without an attorney present and to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible.

What are my rights when interacting with law enforcement?

You have the right to remain silent and avoid self-incrimination. You also have the right to an attorney during questioning. You should provide identification if requested, but you can decline to answer other questions without an attorney present.

Can I represent myself in a criminal case?

While you have the right to represent yourself, it's generally not advisable. Criminal cases can be complex, and legal procedures and strategies require expertise. An experienced criminal defense attorney can provide essential guidance and advocate for your rights.

How can a criminal defense attorney help me?

A skilled criminal defense attorney can provide numerous forms of assistance, including reviewing evidence, advising you on legal options, negotiating with prosecutors, developing a defense strategy, representing you in court, and ensuring your rights are protected.

What are my options if I'm offered a plea deal?

If you're offered a plea deal, you have options to consider. You can accept the deal, reject it and proceed to trial, or negotiate for a better deal. Consulting with an attorney is essential before making a decision, as they can help you understand the potential consequences of each option.

What is a misdemeanor vs. a felony?

Misdemeanors are less serious offenses, typically resulting in less severe penalties, such as fines and up to one year in jail. Felonies are more serious crimes and can lead to more significant penalties, including longer prison sentences.

What's the difference between a public defender and a private criminal defense attorney?

Public defenders are government-appointed attorneys for individuals who can't afford to hire their own lawyers. Private criminal defense attorneys are hired directly by clients and may offer more personalized attention and resources.

Can I change my attorney during a criminal case?

Yes, you have the right to change your attorney if you are not satisfied with their representation. However, changing attorneys can have implications on the timeline of your case.

Can I get my criminal record expunged or sealed?

Depending on the jurisdiction and the nature of the offense, you may be eligible to have your criminal record expunged (erased) or sealed (made confidential). Requirements vary, and not all offenses are eligible.

Can I be arrested without a warrant?

Yes, law enforcement can make an arrest without a warrant if they have probable cause to believe a crime has been committed.

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