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Sacramento Criminal Defense FAQ
Not many things can affect your life quite like a criminal conviction can. You could lose your freedom, be placed on probation, and lose certain rights, such as the right to bear arms. A conviction can also make it difficult to secure decent employment, and you could hurt and embarrass your family. The list doesn’t even stop there.
If you’ve been charged with a crime, call a Sacramento criminal defense lawyer at Crowell Law Offices right away. We can answer any questions you have and defend you in court. Below, we’ve answered a few common questions to start you off.
I’m only being charged with a misdemeanor. Do I still need a lawyer?
Yes. Misdemeanors can still be serious crimes, and they can impact your life. Depending on the nature of the charge, you could be sentenced to jail, your drivers license could be suspended, and you could be given a hefty fine. Additionally, once a misdemeanor is on your record, it can increase penalties for other offenses down the road.
Do all felony convictions include jail or prison time?
Not necessarily. If this is your first offense, or if the prosecution doesn’t feel it has a strong enough case, you could be offered alternatives to jail or prison, such as probation, counseling programs, or classes.
I’m guilty of the crime I’m being charged with. Should I still fight it?
You are entitled to defend yourself in court regardless of your guilt, and it’s possible to still get your charges reduced or possibly dismissed if the evidence isn’t strong enough. A conviction on your record could impact your entire life. At the very least, it’s important to have an attorney defend you to reduce your penalties.
How long will a conviction remain on my record in California?
A conviction will remain on your record permanently, unless you get it expunged. Certain misdemeanors and felonies in California can qualify to be removed from your record, such as those for which you’ve successfully completed probation. Certain offenses may not qualify.
A Sacramento Criminal Defense Attorney Is Available
Attempting to fight a conviction on your own is not a gamble you want to take. Get answers to all your questions by calling a Sacramento criminal defense lawyer at Crowell Law Offices.
We have a proven record of getting our clients’ charges dropped, dismissed, or reduced. Call 916-303-2800 to discuss your case for free during an initial consultation, or utilize the contact form below.