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Frequently Asked Questions

Help from a Springfield Criminal Lawyer

If you have become involved in a criminal law matter, you likely have a number of questions. At Cole & Martin Attorneys at Law, LLC, our team of Springfield criminal defense attorneys are here to help you through this trying time. We want to help you get the favorable outcome you need. Part of this process includes supplying as much helpful information as possible to our clients. Below we have provided answers to some of the most commonly asked questions at our firm.

If you do not see your particular question addressed below, please do not hesitate to contact us to get more information.

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 being suspended, or lessen 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.

Contact us at (417) 213-5441 now to arrange for a free consultation today!

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