Answers To Common Criminal Defense Questions
Facing criminal charges is scary. Your future can suddenly become uncertain, and you don’t know what to do next. At a time like this, speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney can be a great help.
Below, we’ve included some common questions prospective clients ask our defense attorneys, as well as answers to those questions. Please feel free to browse the questions below, then contact our firm to speak to an attorney about your criminal charges in a free initial consultation.
I was charged with drunk driving. Do I have any defense options?
Yes, you likely do. Most people assume that a drunk driving arrest backed up by a breathalyzer test is an open-and-shut case, but that’s not always true. Depending on the details, it may be possible to challenge the accuracy of the testing equipment or the way in which the test was administered. We may also challenge the justification for the traffic stop or examine how field sobriety tests were conducted.
You cannot know your complete list of options until an experienced attorney studies your case, so contact us before deciding you need to plead guilty.
Is it worth hiring an attorney to fight traffic offenses or citations?
Yes, because traffic citations and offenses come with hidden costs that most people don’t consider. There is the cost of the fine, of course. But by paying that fine, you are pleading guilty to the offense or infraction. With each offense, points will be added to your driver’s license and will mar your record. Your insurance rates could increase significantly, and enough points accumulated could lead to a suspension of your license.
In light of these consequences, it usually makes economic sense to contest traffic violations or infractions.
What kind of sentence will I face if convicted of a drug crime?
Drug crimes are a rather broad category of offenses. Specific charges and related sentences (if convicted) depend on the alleged details of the case. For instance:
- Were you accused of possession, intent to distribute, manufacturing or trafficking?
- What type of drug was linked to you and in what quantity? Were there multiple drug types?
- Were there other “aggravating” factors (possession of a firearm, proximity to a school, etc.) that could increase your sentence?
- Were your charges a misdemeanor or a felony?
As you can see, there is a lot of information that needs to be sorted out before answering the question of a potential sentence. That’s why it’s a good idea to speak to an attorney as soon as possible after being arrested.
I was offered a plea deal very quickly. Do I need to take it?
You should not accept any plea deal without first discussing your options with a lawyer whose job it is to counsel you. Plea deals are often a way for prosecutors to save time, money and manpower by avoiding the need for trial. But they can also be a bluff when prosecutors know that they have a weak case against you. Please speak with a criminal defense attorney before making such an important decision.
Facing Criminal Charges? Contact Us To Discuss Your Case For Free.
ATLAW offers free initial consultations to prospective clients in the Detroit metro area and throughout Wayne County. To schedule your appointment, contact us in Dearborn by calling 313-765-1868. You can also send us an email.
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