Answers To Criminal Law Questions
Get In-Depth Answers To Your QuestionsWhen you have the stress of criminal charges, you don't have time to waste searching for answers. Here are some questions clients ask:
- What if I'm under criminal investigation?
- How can I get my record cleared?
- How does the three strikes law work?
- Who can I call for legal help?
Criminal Defense FAQSHere are some more questions people commonly have about criminal law in California.
Do I need a lawyer for a first DUI charge?
If you want to reduce the potential damage to your future and your life from a DUI conviction, it is strongly advised that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney for assistance in defending you. If you do not defend yourself and simply plead guilty, you are at the mercy of the court regarding the sentence you receive.The Law Office of Michael J. Aed can assist you by fighting the charge, seeking to reduce the charge, or pursuing alternative sentencing options, depending on the circumstances of your case. DUI cases are a high priority for law enforcement agencies in the Fresno and surrounding areas, and they are taking a hard stand against anyone cited for or charged with driving while intoxicated. However, this does not mean that you cannot successfully fight the charge, depending on the circumstances of your case. Your choice of attorney can be critical to the outcome of your case.
What if I already have a previous DUI conviction and am arrested again?
This is potentially a very serious situation. In California, the penal code provides for enhanced penalties against repeat offenders, and if convicted, you may face jail time and a steep fine, in addition to community service and a court ordered alcohol treatment program. It is advised that you contact the firm for a consultation and to obtain legal assistance in fighting this potentially serious charge. Your first call after your arrest should be to an experienced criminal defense attorney who can begin taking the legal steps necessary to protect your rights and minimize the potential for serious damage to your future and life.
Do I still need an attorney if I am not guilty of the crime?
If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you cannot assume that you will not be convicted even though you did not commit the crime. If you have been charged with a crime, the district attorney's office believes that there is sufficient evidence to convict you of that crime. You would not be the first person found guilty of a crime you did not commit. The failure to obtain legal counsel increases your risk of being convicted, regardless of your innocence. If you have been arrested and charged with a crime in Fresno County or a neighboring county, it is critical that you obtain legal representation to protect your rights, and that you do so as quickly as possible after you are arrested. A strong defense begins immediately after arrest.
I have an earlier felony conviction and have been arrested again. What will happen?
If you have a past felony conviction on your criminal record and are convicted of a new criminal charge, you may face enhanced penalties at sentencing. This is potentially a very serious situation that exposes you to the possibility of being sentenced under California's Three Strikes Law. The firm will review and evaluate your case, and advise you on how to best proceed to protect your rights and minimize your risk of facing harsh penalties, including prison time. It is imperative that you seek the assistance of a skilled lawyer with the experience to properly assess your case and present the best defense possible against the charges.
What can the Law Office of Michael J. Aed help me with?
Our firm assists clients charged with all types of criminal offenses, from misdemeanor DUIs to serious felonies.
We Defend Criminal Cases AggressivelyEmail our office, or call us at 559-825-4600. We are available 24/7. We take calls and answer messages promptly.
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