If you are charged with a crime, spare no time contacting a criminal defense lawyer and starting the work on your legal defense strategy. Even if you think there is no room for you to defend your case, contact a lawyer to discuss your rights and options. The criminal justice system is very nuanced and you might be surprised to find out that you have more legal options than you initially realized.
Our team works with individuals facing misdemeanor and felony charges. The case types we handle include:
One of the most effective ways to defend yourself from a criminal conviction is to know your civil rights at all times. If you are stopped by a police officer, you have the right to refuse to answer his or her questions and the right to have a lawyer present for any future questioning. You also have the right to refuse a search of your home, vehicle, or person if the officer does not have a valid search warrant. Similarly, if you are arrested without a valid arrest warrant or an officer’s probable cause to believe you committed a criminal offense, you could have grounds to claim you were falsely arrested.
A civil rights violation can be part of your defense strategy, and your lawful refusal to provide self-incriminating responses to an officer’s questions can severely undermine a charge made against you.
Ideally, your defense strategy will result in your charge being dismissed. Sometimes, this is unattainable. In cases like these, your lawyer may be able to have your charge reduced to a different charge, subjecting you to less severe penalties, or he or she can work with the court to have you enter a pretrial diversion program that can help you avoid a conviction.
The penalties you face for a conviction depend on the charge you are facing, your previous criminal record, and any aggravating or mitigating factors present in the case. Criminal penalties can include time in jail or prison, fines, probation, and community service. Alongside these penalties, an individual with a conviction on his or her record can face a damaged professional or social reputation, which can impact his or her ability to earn a living and secure housing in the future.
No matter what type of criminal charge you are facing, it is in your best interest to start working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to craft an effective defense strategy for your case. A strong defense strategy could be the difference between being convicted of your charge and subjected to steep penalties or having the charge reduced or even dismissed. Contact our team at Comunale Law Office today to schedule your initial consultation with us.
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