The prospect of facing criminal charges is daunting and almost always requires advice from experienced legal counsel, such as the attorneys at De Castroverde Law Group. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about criminal law.
When Should I Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney?
Contact an experienced criminal law attorney as soon as you learn that you have been charged with a crime or are at risk of being charged with a crime. An attorney will give you legal advice about your situation and, if necessary, can speak with law enforcement on your behalf. Trying to resolve a criminal matter on your own is a bad idea.
What Should I Do If I’m Arrested?
Contact an experienced criminal lawyer as soon as possible, and do not speak to the police until you have representation. You should, however, follow directions from the police as they process your arrest, including actions such as taking your fingerprints.
What Is a Felony?
Felonies are the most serious crime category and generally include offenses with a prison sentence of greater than one year. Many states place felonies into various classes based on the seriousness of the offenses and associated punishments under the law.
What is a Misdemeanor?
Misdemeanors are the second crime category and generally include offenses with sentences of less than a year. Many misdemeanors allow for sentences such as community service, probation, and fines.
What Is Bail?
Bail is often misunderstood as a form of punishment. In reality, bail represents an amount of money the state holds to ensure that a defendant responds to charges and shows up for pre-trial hearings and trial proceedings. Judges can also set bail higher if they perceive it as necessary to protect the public or because of other factors, such as the risk of a defendant fleeing. Generally, bail is returned to a defendant at the end of a criminal proceeding.
How Long Does a Criminal Case Take?
The length of criminal proceedings will vary based on the facts and circumstances of the underlying case. More serious crimes, such as murder, require more pre-trial proceedings as attorneys ask the court to resolve disputes over evidence, witnesses, and the law. Misdemeanor charges are often resolved quickly, within a few months. Felony cases can go on for a year or more.
Trusted Legal Counsel at De Castroverde Law Group
For more than a decade, the lawyers at De Castroverde Law Group have been helping protect residents’ rights in and out of court. Our criminal law team includes several former state and federal prosecutors who understand how the government develops cases and the best way to build an effective defense. We have experience with various criminal offenses, including those originating in casinos, such as casino marker cases. For immigration cases, our bilingual team is ready to stand at your side throughout proceedings that range from deportation to adjustment of status. Call us or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation.