What Should I Do After an Arrest?
Before you do anything else, ask for a lawyer. Police officers and other
law enforcement officials can use any statements that you make against
you in court. Ensure that you do not share any of the details of your
situation with anyone, including friends and family, before enlisting
legal help. An attorney can help you to make all of the right steps, which
will defend your rights as you move through the criminal justice system.
Insist on getting legal help and say nothing else.
What Is the Difference Between a Felony & a Misdemeanor?
Misdemeanors differ from felonies in that they are not considered to be
as serious. Misdemeanors crimes include such matters as petty theft, possession
of a small amount of marijuana, trespassing, disturbance of the peace,
among other crimes. Misdemeanors are usually punished by fines of up to
$1,000 and jail time of no longer than a year.
Felonies are more serious matters. Violent crimes, fraud, resisting arrest,
manslaughter, burglary, kidnapping, some drug crimes, and more can be
considered felonies. These matters are severely punished, often getting
long prison sentences and heavy fines.
What Should I Do if I Was Charged with a DUI?
Without the proper legal defense, you could be facing many consequences
if you are charged with a DUI/DWI. DUI cases are unique in that there
are two separate matters involved-a criminal proceeding, and an administrative
hearing. Because there are so many complex parts of a DUI case, you should
get an attorney to assist you. A skilled Springfield DUI attorney may
be able to stop your license from getting suspended, or lessening the
severity of the punishments.
Do I Need an Attorney if I Plan on Pleading Guilty?
Even if you plan on pleading guilty, it is a very good idea to get a skilled
attorney on your side. Without legal defense, it is extremely easy for
the prosecution to take advantage of your situation and impose extremely
harsh penalties. A skilled attorney can make the case for you and fight
to get you a fair sentence.
Are Free Consultations Available at Your Firm?
At Cole & Martin Attorneys at Law, LLC, we offer complimentary and
confidential consultations with our Springfield criminal defense lawyers.
We can help you make sure that you are fully prepared to move forward
with your case and that your chances for success are maximized.
at (417) 213-5441 now to arrange for a free consultation