Answering Questions About Your Criminal Defense
If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, you may have a lot of questions about the future and what you can do to beat these charges. Thankfully, our criminal defense team here at Fanelli, Evans & Patel, P.C., can help you answer some of your early questions to help you.
Is it OK to talk to the police on my own?
Even if the police have not arrested you, you should never talk to the police without having an attorney present. Saying the wrong thing can make defending yourself much harder and even worsen the sentencing for the charges you face.
What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
Felonies are a category of crime that comes with much more severe consequences than a misdemeanor. For example, a first-degree misdemeanor can come with up to five years in prison and a maximum of $10,000 in fines. A first-degree felony can come with up to 20 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.
Do criminal charges always go to trial?
No, but it largely depends on your charges and your lawyer. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you negotiate for a resolution of your charges before it ever goes to trial. Good negotiation can reduce sentencing or charges and even result in a court dismissing your charges altogether.
Do I need a lawyer if I am pleading guilty?
An attorney can still help you even if you are planning on pleading guilty. Without a lawyer, you may find yourself receiving much worse sentencing than you deserve for a guilty plea. Your lawyer can help negotiate for reduced sentencing in exchange for a guilty plea.
How can a lawyer help me?
The attorney you choose to represent you can benefit you in a lot of ways. Their in-depth knowledge of the law can help you fight your charges, look for possible grounds for dismissal, negotiate for better outcomes and protect your rights along the way.
If you are ready to meet with a Pennsylvania legal team dedicated to you, contact us today. Call 570-221-6541, or send us an email to schedule your initial consultation at our offices in Pottsville and Sunbury today.