Criminal law deals with people who have been accused of committing either misdemeanors or felonies. While misdemeanors do not generally carry as stiff a penalty if proven guilty, both misdemeanors and felonies can mean serious penalties and repercussions for the person being charged, whether or not they are guilty. It is important to understand that criminal law covers charges from white collar felonies to rape and murder. Thus, criminal covers a wide range of charges, and it is a nuanced area of law. Please understand that in seeking out a criminal law attorney, you are not attesting to your guilt. You are simply (and wisely) taking precautions to be sure that you are not charged or sentenced erroneously and that all your rights are protected.
So, what are some charges that might warrant someone seeking out a criminal law attorney? People may associate that need with some of the more obvious charges, such as rape or murder. However, there are many charges that, if filed against you, we would suggest you consulting a criminal lawyer for. These include the following situations:
- Public Intoxication
- Petty Theft
- Reckless Driving
- Aggravated assault
- Intent to distribute or sell certain drugs
These are just a few examples of charges that might be leveled against someone and times in which the accused should seek the assistance of a criminal law attorney. Whether innocent or guilty, your rights should be protected, and it is important that your case is properly handled. If you have been charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony, it is beneficial to consult immediately with a criminal law attorney. If you have any further questions, call our associates at Jones, Childers, Donaldson & Webb, PLLC and let us assist you.