Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The following is a list of our frequently asked questions.
What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?
A misdemeanor is not as serious an offense, and it usually only carries a maximum sentence of one year in county jail. On the other hand, a felony is a very serious crime that may carry a sentence of over one year in state prison. Felonies can result in life imprisonment or even the death penalty.
Do I need an attorney at my arraignment?
YES! Although many people believe they may be able to handle this hearing without the presence of a criminal lawyer, it is very helpful to have a criminal lawyer there defending you. A criminal defense attorney may be able to lower your bail or even negotiate to have you released on your own recognizance.
Can I just have my attorney represent me, so I don't have to show up?
There are stages of the criminal process where you do not need to appear. However it is very important to check with your attorney before you decide to be absent. If you are not able to appear you must contact your attorney or the court clerk and inform them of your situation. Please contact our criminal law firm and discuss your case so that we may determine whether or not your appearance is necessary at your next court date. read more.
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