Common Questions for Criminal Defense Situations

Following are some routine Criminal Defense FAQs that we regularly receive. If you need further assistance or representation and would like to talk to an attorney, Ask Matthew, I’m here to help.

Why should I hire a lawyer if I know that I am guilty?
There are several reasons why you should hire an experienced lawyer. Just because you are arrested does not mean you will be convicted. The Police have protocol they must follow. If they do not, it is possible some evidence could be suppressed. This could lead to dismissal.

Another reason you should hire a lawyer the State Attorney may charge you with several crimes that arise out of one event. An experienced lawyer will do their best to get charges reduced or dismissed.

You should hire a lawyer if you are charged with a crime to ensure that you get the best possible result. While you may be guilty, there may be reasons to mitigate your fines and/or jail time. You may be able to enter a program that could keep your charge of your criminal record.

Aren’t I entitled to a Public Defender?
You are not always entitled to a Public Defender. The Court will make a determination based on your financial situation. If you do not qualify, you will not get a Public Defender.

The Police Officer didn’t read me my rights. How does that affect my case?
Once you are arrested, the Police must read you your rights, if they are going to question you about your case. If you were arrested and were then questioned without hearing your rights, your statements may be suppressed. This could be advantageous to your case.

I heard my case will be dismissed if the witness doesn’t show. Is this true?
Not always. The State Attorney has the burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty. Eye witness statements are valuable in proving a case, however it’s not the only way to prove a case against you. If you have made statements against your interest, the State could use this against you. Other circumstantial evidence can be used as well. Don’t rely on the hype, call for a consultation to analyze your case.

What kinds of criminal cases do you handle?
Assault, Aggravated Assault, Battery, Aggravated Battery, Domestic Battery, Domestic Violence Injunction Hearings, Petit Theft, Grand Theft, Forgery, Burglary, Insurance Fraud, Drug Possession, Drug Possession with Intent to Sell, Trafficking, Driving Under the Influence, Juvenile Cases, Probation Violations.