Being accused, arrested, and charged with a felony criminal offense is a serious matter that deserves the attention of experienced and professional legal representation. Any felony conviction may carry a penalty of a minimum of one year in a prison facility. The convicted party may also be subject to fines, terms of community service, a term of probation, court ordered community service, mandatory court imposed programs that must be paid for by the convicted party, and other penalties that the criminal court judge has the authority to impose upon you. Some misdemeanor crime convictions may also affect your driving privileges.
While public defenders serve an important service in the judicial system, pubic defenders are often over worked, undermanned, and often do not have the resources and time necessary to present the aggressive and detailed representation you may need in the defense of the felony criminal charges you are facing.
Many public defenders and some private practice attorneys look at the charges you are facing and immediately recommend that you take a plea deal. With some felony cases, you may be immediately presented with a plea deal that knocks the criminal offense down to a misdemeanor offense. While this may benefit the accused in some cases, all to often, others that are accused of a felony crime may have a viable defense and cause to have the felony charges dropped, dismissed, or have a strong defense to present at trial in order to prove his or her innocence.
If you have been accused, arrested, or charged with a misdemeanor crime, it is highly advised that you seek experienced legal counsel so that you are made fully aware of your legal rights, options, and potential remedies that may be available in defense of the misdemeanor charges you are facing.
It is also important that you realize that being found guilty of a felony crime gives you a permanent criminal record, unless you are eligible to have your criminal record sealed or expunged.
With criminal history showing up whenever you are in a situation where a background check is conducted, a criminal record may sometimes prove to be a roadblock in many areas of your life, such as:
When arrested for a felony crime, you have rights that must be protected. You have the right to have competent legal counsel present your side of the events in question in an effort to prove your innocence. Your legal counsel may also negotiate on your behalf to have the charges dropped, reduced, to allow you to enter into a plea deal or diversion program when available, and to negotiate for probation instead of prison time.
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