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Criminal Defense FAQ

When your freedom is on the line, we know you have questions. We have answers.

At DeGuerin & Dickson Law Firm we have compiled a list of questions we often get.  We hope that these lists will help you get some answers.  It is important to understand that these are general answers to general questions and should not be construed as legal advice.  If you have questions regarding criminal defense, you can ask them on the form provided here.

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General Criminal Defense FAQ

These are general questions we often get about our practice as criminal defense attorneys.

What is a criminal defense lawyer?

A criminal defense lawyer is an attorney specializing in defending individuals and organizations charged with criminal offenses. They advocate for their client’s rights, protect their interests, and work to achieve the best possible outcome in their case.

When should I hire a criminal defense lawyer?

It is crucial to hire a criminal defense lawyer as soon as you are arrested, under investigation, or suspect you may be charged with a crime. Early involvement allows your lawyer to protect your rights, gather evidence, and build a strong defense strategy.

Can a criminal defense lawyer get my charges dismissed?

While dismissal is not always possible, a criminal defense lawyer can investigate the circumstances of your case, challenge the evidence against you, negotiate with the prosecution, and potentially get your charges reduced or dismissed.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?

Misdemeanors are less serious offenses punishable by fines, probation, or up to one year in jail. Felonies are more serious crimes with penalties ranging from a year to life in prison, significant fines, or even the death penalty in some cases.

What are my rights if I am arrested?

If arrested, you have the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, and the right to a fair trial. It is crucial to exercise your right to remain silent and consult with an attorney before making any statements to law enforcement.

How much does a criminal defense lawyer cost?

The cost of a criminal defense lawyer varies depending on the complexity of the case, the attorney’s experience, and the location. Some lawyers charge hourly rates, while others may offer flat fees. Many lawyers also offer free initial consultations.

What should I expect during my first meeting with a criminal defense lawyer?

During your initial consultation, your lawyer will ask you about the circumstances of your case, explain your legal options, and discuss their fees and potential strategies for your defense. It is essential to be open and honest with your lawyer to ensure they can effectively represent you.