From the most minor misdemeanor offense up to the most serious class A felonies, no one wants to find themselves facing a criminal prosecution. I have represented clients on both ends of the spectrum, and everywhere in between.
While these sorts of charges may not be ‘serious’ when compared to things like robbery or aggravated assault, the impact they can have on someone’s life shouldn’t be understated. Having legal representation when you have been charged with a misdemeanor offense gives you the greatest possible chance to avoid jail time, limit fines, and to keep your record clean.
A felony conviction can strip you of certain fundamental constitutional rights for the rest of your life. The right to vote. The right to bear arms. Not to mention, the most obvious loss of personal liberty represented by serving a jail sentence. I believe that the purpose of criminal defense attorneys is to ensure that when the government seeks to incarcerate a person, it is because they have satisfied the heavy burden placed upon them by the United States Constitution. I challenge whether that has happened at every step in the criminal process – from preliminary hearing, through indictment, evidentiary hearings, and ultimately, at trial. When I am hired to represent a felony defendant, I examine every aspect of my client’s case, and advise them of their position based upon the legally relevant facts and the strength of the prosecution’s evidence
Criminal prosecutions follow a pattern laid out by the Rules of Criminal Procedure. There will be an arraignment. There will be a preliminary hearing to determine probable cause. There may be a trial. At our first meeting, I will examine your case, advise you of your options, and explain this process to you in detail.