Criminal Defense Information in Chandler

Criminal Defense in Arizona

What areas of criminal law do you handle?

The Workman Law Group provides professional criminal defense counsel for a full range of misdemeanor and criminal offenses, including: DUI, vehicular manslaughter, multiple DUI, all drug crimes, drug possession, drug sales, possession of marijuana, internet crimes, sex crimes, theft crimes, traffic offenses, violent crimes, including assault and domestic violence, and white collar crimes.

What is the main difference between a misdemeanor and a felony in Arizona?

Generally, more minor crimes are classified as misdemeanors, punishable by no more than one year in jail. Possession of marijuana in small amounts, a petty theft crime or first-time DUIs are misdemeanors.

Felonies, on the other hand are serious criminal offenses that result in one year or more in a state or federal prison. The Workman Law Group is experienced in defending our client’s rights in a wide range of state and federal felony crimes such as vehicular manslaughter, multiple DUI, drug possession and sales, sex and theft crimes, as well as felony traffic offenses and violent crimes.

Should I represent myself in a criminal case?

It is extremely risky to represent yourself in a criminal case. When you face criminal charges and potential jail time, your attorney is your first and only defense against the state’s legal team consisting of the arresting officer and his investigative team, the prosecutor and his investigative team and legal experts. A judge, too, will not look out for your interests; he is to remain impartial. The most important reason against self representation is lack of experience and education in the law. Even experienced lawyers rely upon other attorneys to represent their interests in court.

What are the penalties I face if I’m convicted?

The penalties for a crime depend upon the type of crime committed, and whether you are convicted of a misdemeanor or felony. Generally, a misdemeanor results in fines, probation, and mandatory community service. In the case of a traffic violation or a DUI you may lose driving privileges for some time, and face up to one year in jail.

A felony conviction carries at least one year in prison, often much more. You will incur higher fines, more hours of community service and stricter probation requirements. Both misdemeanor and felony convictions result in a permanent mark on a criminal record.

When will charges be reduced or dropped?

The ability of your attorney to get charges against you reduced or dropped depends largely on the circumstances of the case, the crime you are charged with, as well as your prior criminal history. It would be unethical for an attorney to promise reduction or dismissal for every client, and especially before he has consulted with you on the particulars of your case.

How should I assert my right to remain silent?

You can state to the officer or other law enforcement official that you are pleading your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. You are allowed to remain silent. If you are harassed by the police after informing them that you are not speaking without an attorney present, you may be able to have the case dismissed on violation of your civil rights.

To retain competent, experienced and aggressive criminal defense professionals for your case, contact a Chandler criminal defense lawyer from our firm today to discuss your case.