Questions regarding criminal defense and the ramifications of a conviction deserve the personal attention of a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer. Call my office right away if you have been charged or think that you might be. I will answer all your questions and begin building your defense right away.
KNOWLEDGEABLE CRIMINAL DEFENSE
For your convenience, I have included a few answers to commonly asked questions here. Please visit my CRIMINAL DEFENSE section for more insight.
I have been arrested! What should I do?
First and foremost, remain silent! Regardless of your innocence, any statement that you make without talking to qualified legal counsel first can be damaging to our ability to win your case. It is your right to have the best counsel possible present during questioning. Call us and we will ensure that you understand any charges you may face and how best to proceed.
What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
Mainly the severity of punishment. Conviction of a felony means that you could serve time in a State Prison while any time served for a misdemeanor is done in a local jail and the term cannot exceed a year. These are just basic differences. To learn more, call our office.
Do I have to get a lawyer to represent me? Can’t I just represent myself?
Legally, you can represent yourself although the consequences of doing so may be dire. Any criminal charge, regardless of severity, can damage your life, finances and future. The prosecution will be extremely qualified and adept at their job. You need counsel that is the same. Don’t take chances. Talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately following your arrest.
Do you offer a free consultation?
I will be happy to discuss your case with you. The matter of all fees will be discussed before proceeding with any type of case. Call me so that we can begin.
Is it possible to settle my case without going to trial?
Many cases settle before going to trial. We will take a detailed look at the possible scenarios and determine if any type of plea or settlement is possible and in your best interest. Should the case go to trial, my experience and thorough preparation will work in your favor.
If my case is just a simple misdemeanor or traffic violation, I should just plead guilty, right?
Not without talking to a criminal defense attorney who can advise you and inform you of all the ramifications a conviction might have on your future. Even a simple traffic ticket can cause your insurance rates to rise and add points to your driving record that will damage you later. The unknown penalties exceed the small cost of working with a qualified criminal attorney.