Frequently Asked Questions
I was just arrested, what should I do now?
What you do next can greatly affect the final conclusion to your criminal
charges. Your life as you would like to lead it and your freedoms are
at risk. Without hard-hitting and knowledgeable representation by an experienced
criminal defense attorney, you face steep fines, community service,
suspended licenses, probation, restitution to alleged victims, a permanent criminal record
and long terms in jail or prison. Your first actions should be to remain
silent and call a lawyer from Zeliff | Watson to begin
criminal defense actions on your behalf.
If I've been charged, what rights do I still have?
As American citizens, we enjoy certain constitutional rights which are
not to be violated. One of the ways we produce favorable outcomes for
our clients is to show your rights were violated and thus the evidence
against you or the charges themselves are invalid. You should have been
read your Miranda rights, can inquire into why you were arrested and you
do not have to answer questions regarding the accusations against you.
You have the right to the attorney you choose and to a fair and speedy
trial. Our firm is here to utilize all of our hard-won experience to fight
to protect your rights.
At this point, should I just do what the police or prosecutor says?
Our advice would be a definite and emphatic "No!" Our years of
success have proven that your best chance for a favorable result is to
mount an effective defense. Mistakes by the police or prosecution, insufficient
or faulty evidence, our ability to cause doubt regarding your guilt, negotiations
to reduce charges and thus penalties and many more actions can be done
to improve your situation.
Am I being charged with a misdemeanor or felony and what is the difference?
Misdemeanors are considered less serious offenses, punished by less severe fines and
terms of incarceration.
Shoplifting and minor
domestic violence crimes can all be charged as misdemeanors, as well as many
DUI offenses. Frequently, our firm can get alternative sentencing for a misdemeanor
conviction that will keep you out of jail. Felony charges are reserved for
violent crimes such as
battery, rape and more extreme drug, theft and other crimes. These are usually
penalized by steep fines and lengthy prison sentences.
contact a criminal lawyer
for straightforward answers to your questions on criminal defense matters.