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Criminal cases are exceptionally important, as the outcome can affect an individual’s entire future. A criminal conviction can result in fines, incarceration, and a permanent criminal record that harms many future opportunities. Criminal law ensures that the rights of those accused of crimes are protected. Every person deserves a fair trial and effective legal representation in the face of criminal charges.
If you or a loved one are facing a criminal case, it can be a terrifying experience. However, an arrest or charge does not mean that someone is guilty. It’s essential that you get the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney to protect your rights, challenge prosecutorial evidence, and build your defense.
The attorneys with Axelrod & Associates have more than 100 years of combined experience in law. We have worked proudly to represent those accused of crimes in the communities surrounding Little River. Our knowledgeable attorneys can help you by:
We fight to get you the most positive outcome for your criminal case. Our attorneys can provide you with support and counsel during this difficult time while working to protect your future.
Axelrod & Associates has extensive experience defending clients from criminal charges, including:
Additionally, criminal court handles cases and hearings such as:
Every case involving criminal charges will require a different approach, depending on the exact circumstances of the crime and arrest. An attorney has the essential experience with cases similar to yours to determine the ideal method of handling your criminal case.
Whether you have faced criminal charges before or have never been to criminal court, it can be an overwhelming experience. A criminal defense attorney can help you prepare for the case ahead and give you a realistic outlook concerning the legal options you can take. A defense attorney has handled and defended cases like yours and can review the prosecution’s evidence for bias and weakness.
Your defense attorney can look out for your rights. If any of your civil rights were violated in the process of your arrest, some evidence may become inadmissible. An attorney can also provide alternate explanations for the events that you are being charged for. It may be possible for charges against you to be lessened or dropped.
A criminal conviction carries not only criminal penalties, but it could also harm your educational opportunities, housing options, and ability to get a professional license. The consequences of a conviction can affect your entire future, and it’s important to safeguard your rights with a criminal defense attorney.
The penalties for a conviction of a criminal charge depend on the type of charge, the existence of a prior criminal record, any aggravating factors, and other specifics about the case. Many criminal charges carry penalties that include:
Criminal charges may be categorized as misdemeanors or felonies. The one you are charged with depends on the specific crime. Misdemeanors and felonies have their own classifications, each with its own maximum sentencing.
Misdemeanors are considered to be lesser crimes, but that doesn’t make the impact they have on your life minimal. Misdemeanor penalties include:
The exact jail time assigned depends on the specific charge.
Felonies carry much more severe penalties and involve more serious crimes. Felony penalties include:
Aggravated circumstances in a murder conviction could result in life in prison or the death penalty.
In addition to time in jail or prison, both felonies and misdemeanors could involve fines and reparations to the victims.
A criminal conviction has consequences beyond prison or court fines. Depending on the criminal charge, this may include:
A criminal conviction can harm your entire life.
A: Finding an experienced attorney is essential to the outcome of your criminal case. You want to be sure that they have knowledge of and success with cases similar to yours, and you also want to feel comfortable with them. Your defense attorney should make you feel at ease, even when being honest about your situation. You should feel confident that your attorney can build you a strong defense and that you can trust them.
A: Criminal defense lawyers represent and defend individuals who have been charged with crimes. They support and defend the accused through the legal process and try to lessen or eliminate the charges against them. A defense attorney can challenge the evidence provided by the prosecution and try to reach a settlement. If that isn’t possible, they can defend the accused in court.
A: In a criminal case, guilt could be determined by the judge or the jury. There may be a bench trial, or a trial without a jury, for certain lesser crimes or situations where the defendant waives the right to have a jury trial. In those cases, the judge will determine guilt based on the evidence and arguments presented by the defense and the prosecution. Otherwise, the jury will decide based on those arguments.
A: The prosecutor has the burden of proof. In a criminal case, the prosecutor is the state, and they must show evidence that proves guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. How this is shown depends on the exact crime. If guilt is proven, it means that the judge or jury has no choice but to consider the defendant guilty. A defense attorney has to find reasonable doubt.
When you’re facing criminal charges, you need to work with a criminal defense attorney who understands the case you’re facing and has experience in your immediate area. Contact Axelrod & Associates today to see how we can provide you with legal support and protect your future.
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