Helping You Understand The Nature Of Criminal Defense Cases
Chances are if you are reading this, you or someone you know has just been charged with a crime. The first reaction for most people is fear of the unknown. Whether you or someone you love was taken into custody or issued a summons to appear in court, you are entering the unfamiliar world of the criminal justice system. Your freedom or the freedom of a loved one is at stake.
You probably have many questions. Are you or is someone you love going to be forever branded a criminal? Will you go to jail or, worse yet, prison? Will you lose your job, your license or everything you have worked for? What can be done?
Many crimes in Arizona require mandatory incarceration and fines. It is essential for your peace of mind to understand what you are or are not facing in your case. Only an experienced trial lawyer who is knowledgeable in the law and experienced in dealing with the various policies can help you understand what you are facing. Many factors can affect the range of punishment you or your loved one is facing, including:
- The number and nature of the charges
- The dates the alleged offenses took place
- The age of the alleged victim(s)
- Whether a weapon or dangerous instrument was involved
- Whether the accused has prior convictions
- Whether the accused was on probation, parole or release
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