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Criminal Law FAQ

Criminal Defense FAQ

Why Should I Work with an Attorney if I Have Been Arrested?

It is very important that you do everything you can to protect your rights if you have been charged with a crime or if you are under investigation for a crime. If you are convicted, you could face very serious consequences, depending upon the situation that you find yourself in. With the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney, your chances of receiving a positive outcome in your case will be greatly increased.

While no attorney can guarantee results, it is statistically proven that individuals who have the legal assistance of a lawyer have a better chance at getting the results they want.

What Should I Say to the Police if I Have Been Arrested?

It is important that you keep your rights in mind after you have been arrested. You do not need to say anything to the police except that you want an attorney. When the police say to you that anything you say or do can and will be held against you in a court of law, they are being deadly serious. You have legal rights and you need to do everything in your power to ensure that they are upheld throughout the entire criminal process. An arrest can be very upsetting and traumatic.

What Can I Do to Protect My Rights After I Have Been Arrested?

It is so vital to remember that you do not have to answer questions presented to you by the police or other law enforcement agents; in fact, you should remain silent and demand an attorney no matter what they say or do. Do not agree to questioning without your attorney present. Our legal team understands how difficult it can be for someone who has just been arrested. That is why you can count on them to provide you with the aggressive and vigorous defense that you need.

What is the Maximum Penalty That I Can Receive for a Crime?

Only reserved for the most serious crime of premeditated murder, you can be charged with a capital felony. If you are convicted of a capital felony, you can be put to death by lethal injection or you can be imprisoned for life without the possibility of parole. If you have been charged with murder, it is absolutely vital that you do everything you can to protect your rights and your future. If your life hangs in the balance, you must take action to protect yourself by speaking with our firm!

What is the “Legal” BAC Limit in Texas?

If you are over the age of 21 and you have a BAC of 0.08% or more while operating a motor vehicle, you will be charged with DWI. If you are under the age of 21, any level of alcohol in your bloodstream can result in drunk driving charges. You must also remember that you can be charged with DWI even if your BAC is less than the “legal limit.” If your driving is impaired and your BAC is less than 0.08%, you could still be charged and convicted.

How Should I Plead?

When you hire a Plano criminal defense lawyer, you want to have a team behind you whom you can trust. You should be able to speak candidly with your attorney. The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC can offer suggestions on how you should plea, based on the circumstances of the case. As a rule of thumb, note that by pleading guilty, you may miss out on the chance to argue on your behalf. It may seem tempting, as it can avoid trial. However, remember that the prosecutor has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt; in other words, you have the chance to defend yourself.

Are Cases Always Brought to Trial?

Taking a case to trial is a major step, and often the last component in the criminal process. It is understandable why some lawyers may hesitate to go to trial because it can be a lengthy and daunting ordeal. However, most attorneys understand the importance and every person accused of a crime has the right to be heard in trial. Your attorney should be willing to bring your case to trial if that is what it takes to protect your legal rights.