When you are arrested it can be a very confusing and frightening process. We are here to help you navigate this system and prepare your defense. It is important to sort through every detail of the events and allegations to properly defend your interests. Depending on the nature of the charges against you, you may be facing fines, restitution, probation, or jail time. It is important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
Misdemeanors are minor crimes that carry a maximum of 150 days in jail and are handled in District Court. Common misdemeanors include:
Assault on a Female
Driving While License is Revoked/Suspended
Misdemeanor Larceny or Shoplifting
Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Driving While Impaired (DWI)
Felonies are more serious crimes and can range from probationary sentence to active jail terms. Felonies start in District Court and then may be indicted to Superior Court. Common felonies include:
Possession of Cocaine or Methamphetamine
Felony Driving While Impaired
Forgery or Uttering
Robbery or Burglary
Larceny of a Motor Vehicle
Probation Violations: So you have been convicted of a crime and placed on probation. It is important to understand that when you are placed on probation it is in lieu of going to jail. The jail sentence is suspended and hangs over your head the entire term of probation. If you fail to abide by the terms of probation, then it could result in the court activating your original jail sentence. Be sure to keep your probation officer aware of your location, check in when instructed, submit to drug tests when requested, and most importantly do not get new criminal convictions while you are on probation.
Remember Your Rights!
When dealing with the police your liberty is at risk and how you interact with law enforcement is going to shape your case.
Do NOT say anything to the police besides your name. Do not fight or be rude, it will only make the process more difficult. You may get arrested but you will have given them no evidence in your case.
Do NOT consent to police searching you, your car, your bag, or your home. Once you consent you have waived valuable constitutional rights. Say out loud that you do not consent to the search. The search may still go on, but your attorney may be able to have the search ruled invalid.