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.