Yes, you need a Criminal Law Attorney
Every single day in Alabama, men and women are charged with committing various crimes throughout the state. Each of those people charged with a crime face the risk of spending time in jail if convicted for the crime when the court date arrives. The amount of time one may spend behind bars varies according to the type of crime, and other factors, such as the defendant (or person charged with the crime) criminal history, age of the defendant and more. A misdemeanor crime carries a penalty of up to 11 months, 29 days while a felony case carries a penalty of at least one year in prison up to life in prison.
Examples of misdemeanor charges:
- Driving on Suspended License
- Theft under $500
- Assault and Battery
- Domestic Assault
- Open Container
- Criminal Trespassing
Examples of felony charges include:
- Aggravated Assault
- Sexual Assault
- Child Pornography
These are just some of the many crimes that an individual may be charged with in Alabama. In addition to time behind bars, a conviction of any of these crimes could also result in probation, parole, special classes, and fines. You can also lose your right to hold a driver’s license in the state for some crimes, and there are other penalties that may result as well.
Many times both misdemeanor and felony charges require the expertise of a lawyer; however, the felony charges are the most serious of the two types of crimes. You almost always need an attorney to defend you in court when charged with a felony crime. With the help of a lawyer it is possible to get your charges throw out of court and dismissed, or to receive a less harsh punishment if you are found or plead guilty. Only a lawyer can make this happen, however, so always consider hiring a legal expertise if you are charged with committing a criminal offense.
Whenever you are charged with a crime, it is a good idea to have the legal expertise of lawyer standing next to you. With the help of a lawyer, you are less likely to face the harsh penalties that come along with a conviction, and will be able to walk out of the courtroom free, rather than with a sentence behind bars. Talk to a lawyer during a free consultation, and get what you need when charged with a crime.