CRIMINAL DEFENSE

Criminal Defense FAQs

WHAT IF I AM NOT A US CITIZEN?

  
  • Even if you are a citizen, being charged with a felony is far more serious than being charged with a misdemeanor.
  • But for non-citizens - even for those legally in the country, a conviction for a misdemeanor can have serious lifelong consequences, including deportation.
  • If you are not a citizen, you should never plead guilty or accept a plea bargain unless you consult with an immigration lawyer.
 
  • You are always better off to NOT talk to police officers and investigators.
  • Instead, talk with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
  • An experienced lawyer can guide you in making wise decisions concerning your future.

WHEN SHOULD I TALK WITH A LAWYER?

  • In addition to a prison sentence, probation or other punishment from the criminal court, a criminal conviction can have lifelong consequences for your personal life, family circumstances and employment.
  • A criminal conviction never €œgoes away and cannot be expunged or removed from your record. Landlords, employers, banks and such can easily have access to your criminal history.
  • You should never plead guilty or accept a plea bargain unless you consult with a lawyer.

WHAT COULD HAPPEN IF I AM CONVICTED?

HOW DO I CHOOSE A LAWYER?