Getting arrested for a crime can leave you with a lot of questions, especially if you have been wrongfully accused of a crime. If you need answers and need them now, call The Law Offices of Kyle K. Shaw and request a free case evaluation with Attorney Shaw himself! He has nearly two decades of legal experience and is more than capable to help you understand your situation and what to do next.
Read below for answers to some of the most common criminal-defense related questions and then call the firm at (214) 761-3361 to speak directly with a criminal lawyer in Allen, Texas.
It depends on your charges. Minor offenses, such as traffic infractions or Class C misdemeanors, could only result in a fine. Other misdemeanors could land you in jail for 90 days to as many as 2 years upon conviction, and a felony conviction could land you in state prison. You need a criminal defense attorney to fight your charges and help you avoid jail time if possible.
Misdemeanors generally result in a fine of $500 - $4,000 and a possible jail sentence of 90 days to 2 years (probation is sometimes an option). Felonies (with the exception of state jail felonies) will result in a prison sentence of 2 years to life, depending on the severity of the offense. Consult a lawyer to find out what penalties you are possibly facing.
No, you do not need to talk to the police at all until you have retained a lawyer. Remember to always be respectful, but exercise your right to remain silent. This is vital if you want to avoid incriminating yourself by saying something you shouldn’t, because “anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” Get a lawyer before you say a word.
Yes, it is always best to hire your own criminal defense attorney. Not just anyone can be represented by a public defender, and even if you qualify to be represented by one, they are not invested in your case like a privately retained attorney would be. Choose your own attorney and be sure to hire one with experience and a solid record of success. Give The Law Offices of Kyle K. Shaw a call now.
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