Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes are serious and can result in criminal charges. If that’s happened to you or a family member, all the resources of the police and prosecutor’s office could be brought to bear on your case. You need the services of a criminal defense lawyer you can trust to defend you, your rights, liberty and future. Whether you’re being investigated or have been charged with a crime, you need to take this matter seriously.
Being Charged With a Crime Is Not the Same as Being Found Guilty
Just because you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime doesn’t mean that you’ll be found guilty. It’s not up to the police to decide if you’re guilty or not, that’s up to a judge or jury. Don’t give up hope.
- There are many statutory, procedural and Constitutional limits on criminal investigations that may have been violated.
- The prosecution carries a high burden of proof. Can they prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the crime?
- We may be able to establish to a prosecutor with weaknesses in the case and the strengths of your defenses. Charges may be dropped or a favorable plea agreement may be reached so you can avoid a trial and harsh penalties.
Don’t just believe what the police or prosecutor is telling you. They don’t care about you or your future. They care about closing cases. With the help from the right lawyer, you may be able to put this behind you.
If You Made a Mistake and Have Been Charged With a Crime, Don’t Make a Second Mistake By Trying to Represent Yourself
Despite the hurdles law enforcement faces, without legal counsel to help defend you a conviction could carry a far greater impact on you and your family. Without knowledge of the law and how the criminal justice system works you are not in a position to protect your rights and defend yourself. If you’re being investigated or have been arrested, it’s critical that you at least discuss your case with an attorney so you can make an educated decision on what to do next.
Depending on the crime, its circumstances and your prior criminal record, the punishment could include a lengthy prison sentence, restitution, thousands of dollars in fines, probation and if the conviction is for a sex related crime there could be limits on where you can live, where you can work and placement on a public sex offenders list.
A finding of guilt can also have very severe, practical impacts on you and your family.
- Because of time spent at criminal proceedings, with a probation officer or in jail, there’s a good chance you’ll lose your job, so you’ll be unable to support yourself or your family.
- The stress of the situation could result in the breakup of your family.
- The reputation you’ve developed with your family, friends and in your community will end.
- When you fill out job applications in the future you may be asked to list any criminal convictions. If you answer truthfully it may be the reason your application is rejected. If you’re not honest and don’t list your conviction, if your employer learns the truth you could be fired.
- If you have a professional or business license it may be suspended or revoked. If you apply for one it may be rejected.
- You may be deported if you’re an undocumented immigrant.
Find the Right Attorney to Protect Your Rights, Freedom and Future
Contact Hanan M Isaacs so we can set up an appointment to talk about your situation. We can go over the facts, applicable laws and your options for moving forward. We understand the stress and anxiety that comes with having to go through the criminal justice system with the future of your personal, professional and family life at stake. We fully support our clients and provide them with the excellent personal service and respect they deserve. Don’t give up hope and don’t go it alone.
Please contact our office to arrange a consultation. We accept credit cards and offer general appointments from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, plus evening appointments during the week by pre-arrangement only.