Criminal charges can range from minor misdemeanors to felonies punishable by life imprisonment or even capital punishment. In any case, the consequences can go far beyond the possible sentence to include disqualification from certain jobs or losing civil rights. No matter how small a criminal charge may seem, it is always a good idea to talk to an attorney to make sure you are considering all possible consequences.
Even if you believe you are in fact guilty, you still have the right to raise a defense. The prosecution may have brought higher charges than apply to your conduct or they may not be able to prove each element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. You also have the right to ensure that your constitutional rights weren’t violated by an illegal search, unlawful police questioning, or other means.
In addition to preparing to fight for you at trial, we will also pursue the possibility of a plea bargain. With a plea bargain, you may be able to lessen the consequences of a criminal charge or even avoid a criminal charge altogether by agreeing to plead guilty to a lesser offense. If you’ve been charged with a crime, contact us to determine the best way to handle your case.