The most common cases we handle are DUI related cases. Additionally, we handle cases involving assault, domestic violence, burglary, and drug possession/manufacturing.
How And When Do Miranda Rights Come Into Play In A Criminal Case?
A lot of people think that if the police do not inform you of your written Miranda rights, anything that happens after that point is automatically dismissed. Unfortunately, because of this misconception, people have gotten themselves in trouble. That’s not how the law works. Miranda rights apply when police have a person in custody who they believe committed a crime. These warnings require police to inform someone of their rights prior to questioning; however, prior to custody, if the police ask a question and the answer is incriminating, that statement can, and most likely will, be used against them.
It is important to know that your rights protect you, but the Miranda warnings are not a bubble that protects you from any sort of prosecution. When confronted, it’s always good to remember that your 5th amendment rights.
What Are The Main Differences Between Misdemeanor And Felony Charges?
Misdemeanors and felonies are differentiated by the level in the seriousness of the crime. Based on the state legislature, misdemeanors generally are resolved by a fine, probation, or limited jail time. However, felonies are considered much more severe in nature, and the punishments are a lot longer. Typically, if you are charged with a felony, you are facing more jail time than if you are charged with a misdemeanor.
What Happens In The Days And Months Following An Arrest On Criminal Charges?
Before you retain an attorney, you will probably receive a lot of bad advice from people around you. Contact a criminal defense attorney immediately, and speak to them as quickly as possible. If you’ve been arrested, the quicker you can contact and hire an attorney, the better protected you are. Unfortunately, many people decide to listen to family and friends rather than attorney in the first weeks and months after an arrest. While family and friends mean well, many are unaware of a lot of the facts and the legal issues surrounding an individual case. If you’re arrested for a crime, it’s because the government and the police believe that you have committed that crime. Their job is to prove that you’ve done that. The longer you wait to hire someone to protect you from that, the harder it’s going to be to really defend yourself.
What Should I Look For When Hiring A Criminal Defense Attorney?
The two most important things to look for in any attorney are trust and competence. When you trust your attorney, you should feel like you are able to contact them at any time and like when you speak with them, they are listening to you. It is the De Bruin Law Firm’s mission to make sure you know that once you are our client, we are going to protect and counsel you toward your best interests.
Competency in an attorney is also very important. Your attorney needs to have handled cases like yours. It’s also important to hire someone who knows both sides of the legal system. Our criminal defense attorney is a former Marine, captain of the United States Marine Corps, and a former prosecutor for the United States government. He has a vast amount of experience prosecuting cases for the US Military, and for the last four years, he has been a successful criminal defense attorney. For three of these last four years, he was named as a legal elite attorney in the field of criminal defense throughout the upstate.
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