Criminal Defense

criminal-defenseCriminal charges are not to be taken lightly. If you’re facing charges for a DUI, drug possession or a felony matter, don’t go before the courts alone. You need a competent criminal defense attorney by your side to ensure your rights are protected.

Consider these facts: Nearly half the inmates currently housed in federal prisons are there because of drug offenses (Federal Bureau of Prisons, 2015), only 40 percent of employers say they would “probably” or “definitely” hire someone with a criminal background (Center for Economic and Policy Research, 2010), a DUI could cost you $40,000 in additional car insurance premiums over a 13 year period (California Judicial Branch).

In recent years, states have passed increasingly tough penalties for those convicted of criminal charges. Even DUIs and DWIs, which were historically considered minor offenses, can now result in jail time.

The right criminal defense attorney will be able to evaluate your case and recommend the right response. He or she may be able to negotiate reduced charges or prove your innocence. What’s more, a good lawyer can defend your right to due process.

Don’t leave your future to chance. Call LegalDirect.com today to be connected to a criminal defense attorney!

Drug Possession

Have you been arrested for drug possession? It’s no small matter.

Almost 50% of those in federal prisons are there because of drug offenses. And many courts have taken a tough stance when it comes to drug possession charges.

However, you have rights.

You’re entitled to a public defender to represent you, but your case may end up being one in a large stack of files assigned to the attorney. Rather than risk your fate with an overworked professional, you may want to hire a private drug possession lawyer.

Having your own drug possession attorney may mean your case gets personalized attention from someone who is committed to helping minimize the impact a criminal charge can have on your future.

Talk to an attorney who can help answer the following questions:

  • Was the evidence collected properly?
  • Was the evidence legally in your possession?
  • Are the charges appropriate for the situation?
  • Does the court offer special programs for first-time offenders?

If you are being charged with a felony, it is particularly important that you take the offense seriously. A felony conviction may lead to eviction from an apartment, loss of a job and inability to collect some state benefits. What’s more, the negative effects of a felony can last a lifetime. Call now to speak with a criminal defense lawyer.

DUI

A charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs has the potential to change your life – and not in a good way.

Known as a DUI, DWI, OWI or OVI, depending on your state, drunk driving and drugged driving are serious offenses that could lead to the following.

  • Jail time
  • Community service
  • Hefty fines
  • Years of probation
  • Loss of driver’s license
  • Installation of an ignition interlock
  • Criminal record

Every state in the nation has set their acceptable blood alcohol content level at 0.08%. That means as little as two drinks could leave you legally impaired.

Some states also have “super drunk” laws in which people with higher BAC levels are subject to greater penalties, including felony charges.

The best way to avoid the consequences of a DUI is to avoid driving after drinking. However, we all make mistakes.

Don’t let one mistake turn into a bigger mistake.

Going to jail could mean you lose your job. Paying large fines could mean less money for your family to pay the bills. Having a felony conviction on your record could make it difficult to find other employment or even a place to live. Get a criminal defense lawyer today.

Felonies

Find a Felony Lawyer

What do I do after being charged with a felony?

If you or a loved one has had a felony warrant issued for your arrest, you may be asking this question. Without a doubt, one of your first steps should be to ensure you have adequate legal representation.

While the legal system will provide you a lawyer in certain circumstances, court-appointed attorneys may be new, inexperienced or overworked. If you can afford a private attorney, it could be money well-spent if it helps exonerate you or reduce your charges.

A felony conviction can follow you for the rest of your life.

Depending on your state laws, a felony conviction may:

  • Make it difficult to find a job or housing.
  • Limit your right to vote.
  • Restrict your ability to own a firearm.
  • Result in the loss of government benefits.
  • Require you to report your home address to an offender registry for the rest of your life.

If you have a professional license, it may be stripped after a felony conviction, making it impossible to continue in your previous occupation. Even if you don’t require a license for your job, you could find it difficult to return to work after a conviction. Some news reports say felons who are one year out of prison have a 75% unemployment rate.

Don’t you want the best legal representation possible?

A felony attorney may be able to:

  • Mount a strong defense of your innocence.
  • Find ways, such as programs for first-time offenders, to minimize jail time.
  • Plead your case down to a lesser charge.

What’s more, a criminal defense attorney can walk you through the entire legal process. You don’t have to face a felony charge alone.

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