I’ve been charged with a crime, what can I do?
Remember that if you are charged with a crime, especially a misdemeanor or felony, you have certain rights. The most important rights you have are the right to remain silent and the right to have a lawyer present at all stages of the process. You should be aware of these rights and remember them. They apply not only after you’ve been charged with a crime, but also even if you believe you are suspected of having committed a crime.
What’s the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony crime?
Both of these are crimes of a more serious type.
Some examples of Misdemeanors are:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- And certain types of theft
A few examples of Felonies are:
Why you should be concerned if you are facing criminal charges
If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges it is critical to understand that a criminal charge is serious not only because of the punishment, but also because of the impact on your future. Even if you’ve only been charged once for a crime, a criminal record can cause problems in an employment opportunity and in a pre-sentence report any earlier charges may result in amore severe sentence for a current crime.
If you are facing your first conviction in case such as shoplifting, understand that if you are convicted it will be recorded and if you were to face a second charge of the same crime for shoplifting, you will face a greater charge of misdemeanor versus the lesser summary charge.
A criminal charge is a serious event and can impact your future, it is extremely important that any criminal charge be handled properly Contact Attorney McInroy for a consultation and don’t go through the legal process unrepresented!