Criminal Defense FAQ

Answers from Experienced Criminal Lawyers

Q: What is a misdemeanor?
A: A misdemeanor is a criminal offense that is punishable with less than a year of jail time. Misdemeanor offenses are considered less serious than felony offenses, but are still subject to strict legal penalties.

Q: What is a felony?
A: A felony is a criminal offense that is punishable with over a year of jail time. Commonly committed felonies include: murder, homicide, armed robbery, grand theft, embezzlement, rape, drug cultivation, multiple DUI offenses, and fraud.

Q: I have not been charged with a crime, but I am being investigated. What should I do?
A: If you involve an attorney early in an investigation, they can intervene and work toward having charged dropped or reduced before they are filed. If you are being investigated for a crime, call our Law Offices today at (866) 902-6880. We can advise you of your rights and provide valuable legal insight.

Q: What should I do if stopped or arrested by law enforcement?
A: The most important thing you can do if stopped or arrested by law enforcement is to exercise your right to remain silent. You should politely provide police with identification information, but you have a constitutional right to remain silent and request a lawyer. Don't make the mistake of thinking you can talk yourself out of an arrest. Criminal law experts strongly recommend that you don't speak to police without first consulting a lawyer.

Q: Why should I hire an Attorney?
A: Most people do not have the legal background or training to successfully represent themselves. If you are facing a criminal conviction, and life altering legal penalties, you need to place every effort into fighting your criminal charges. When you hire a criminal defense attorney, you ensure that you have an experienced advocate on your side that will do everything possible to obtain a successful outcome on your behalf. At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. we are fierce advocates of our clients' rights and best interests. Contact our Orange County Criminal Defense Law Firm to discuss your case.

Q: What types of cases does your Law Firm handle?
A: Our Law Offices handle misdemeanor and felony cases involving assault, weapon charges, drug crimes, domestic violence, theft crimes, sex crimes, juvenile crimes, and white collar crimes. We also represent clients who have been charged with DUI in court and at their DMV Hearings.

Q: Can my charges be dropped?
A: It depends. In some cases, charges can be reduced or dismissed. However, each case varies and depends upon the circumstances involved. If you have questions about your criminal charges, contact our Law Offices for an initial case evaluation.

Q: I was not read my rights. Will my charges be dismissed?
A: No, this does not mean that your charges are dismissed. When you are placed under arrest, law enforcement is supposed to read you your Miranda Rights. Miranda Rights inform you of your right to remain silent, right to an attorney, and right to have an attorney appointed to you. If law enforcement fails to read you your rights, anything you may have said prior to your arrest may not be admissible in court, or used as evidence by prosecutors.

Q: Will my case go to trial?
A:
All cases are unique and whether or not your case will go to trial will depend on a number of circumstances and factors. At our firm, we counsel clients throughout their legal journeys, discussing what they can expect and what their available options may be. In some cases, charges can be dropped or significantly reduced. In others, a trial may be the best option.

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