Criminal Defense FAQ
St. Petersburg Criminal Defense Attorney
Were you arrested on suspicion of committing a crime? You should get in
touch with our team at LeavenLaw. We have years of experience in standing
up for the rights of those who have been falsely accused of a crime or
were treated unfairly by the justice system. In order to ensure that your
rights are protected along the way, it is imperative that you have a strong
legal advocate on your side. We could walk with you every step of the
way so that you can have a skilled professional to go to with any questions
or concerns. If you need qualified counsel, please do not hesitate to
contact our office or read through the common questions below.
Criminal Defense FAQ
I've been arrested, what should I do next?
If you were arrested on suspicion of committing a crime and placed under
arrest, it can be difficult to know where to go for help. The first thing
you should do if you have been arrested is to retain the services of a
legal representative. Even if you are completely innocent of all the charges
against you, it is still important that you have someone in your side
protecting your best interests. You should also choose not to say anything
until you have spoken with a legal representative because what you say
could be used against you.
Do I need a defense lawyer?
If you made a mistake and were arrested for
theft, or another crime, it is not recommended that you seek to defend yourself
without the counsel of a qualified attorney. Even if you were falsely
accused, who you choose to represent you could make all the difference
in the outcome of your case. Not only could you be facing years behind
bars, but you could be left with a permanent criminal record or place
on the sex offender registry, depending on what crime you were accused
of. If you would like to learn how we could help you, please contact our
team as soon as possible.
How could I defend myself if I have been accused of a crime?
If you have found yourself facing criminal charges, there are two main
ways that you can seek to defend yourself. The first type of defense is
by pleading innocent. In the American justice system, all suspects are
innocent until proven guilty. The jury will have to prove that they were
guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, but it is not up to you that you are
innocent. The second type of defense is that you were guilty of the crime
but should not have been held responsible. This could include self-defense,
entrapment, or insanity.
What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?
In the criminal justice system, crimes are classified into different categories.
The least serious type of crime is an infraction. A traffic ticket is
an example of an infraction and usually the only penalty you could face
is a fine. Next is a misdemeanor. If you were accused of DUI, shoplifting, or
assault, you could be facing misdemeanor charges. A conviction of a misdemeanor
could result in time in jail, but a conviction of a
felony could result in time in state prison. Felony charges are reserved for
such crimes as rape,
murder, aggravated DUI, and arson.
What are my rights?
If you were arrested for a criminal offense, you need to be aware of your
rights. When you are taken into custody by a law enforcement officer,
they are first required to read the individual their Miranda rights. These
famous rights include the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney
and if the police officer fails to do this, it could affect your case.
You will also have rights in regards to a trial, so please ensure that
you have a strong representative on your side throughout the entire process.
More questions? Contact a St. Petersburg criminal lawyer!
If you or a loved one has been arrested for a crime, please do not hesitate
to contact a
St. Petersburg criminal defense lawyer from our team. With a former state prosecutor on our team, we have a unique
advantage over other law firms. We understand how the other side thinks
and so are able to create a more strategic defense plan for you. Even
if you believe your case to be hopeless, choosing to work with our team
could make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Call our office today!
For a free case evaluation, please do not hesitate to
contact a St. Petersburg criminal defense attorney from the team.