Each case and every client is different. Having said that, however, there are common questions and concerns that numerous people have. At Buting, Williams & Stilling, S.C., we felt that there would be some value in listing some of the most frequently asked questions on our website. To discuss your specific concerns, we invite you to schedule a free initial consultation at either of our convenient offices.
Do I Need To Hire An Attorney?
Even though you might believe your charges to be minor, it is crucial that you work with a skilled criminal defense lawyer. Even something as minor as a traffic ticket can have a ripple effect that you might not be aware of. A critical first step in fully understanding your charge and potential consequences is to discuss the matter with an experienced attorney.
Should I Speak With Law Enforcement?
In short, no, not without your attorney present. It is wise to be polite and respectful, but you have the right to remain silent so you don't unintentionally incriminate yourself. Even if you believe yourself to be helping, you might be walking into a trap designed to elicit a confession or implicate you in a crime. We can advise you on which questions to answer and which questions not to answer.
What's The Difference Between A Dismissal And An Expungement?
Depending on the strength of the case, the prosecutor might not choose to proceed. A dismissal basically means that the prosecutor has dropped the case. Even if the case is dismissed, it might still show up during a criminal record check. Even if there is no criminal conviction, the charges might hurt you in the future. An expungement, conversely, is the legal process by which all traces of your charge are erased. Depending on your specific circumstances, you might not be eligible for an expungement. It is important to call or email an attorney to learn more about your options.
Is There A Significant Difference Between A Felony And A Misdemeanor?
You might have seen or heard the words felony and misdemeanor on television, in books or on Internet advertising, but are unsure of the difference. Put simply, the severity of the offense or your criminal history might move the charge from a misdemeanor (the minor version of the offense) to a felony (a more serious charge). A felony charge will usually carry more significant penalties upon conviction, including hefty fines and incarceration. For clarification regarding your charge and the penalties you might face, schedule a free consultation at our firm.
Contact Buting, Williams & Stilling, S.C.
No matter the severity of your criminal offense, it is crucial to have an experienced defense attorney on your side. Contact Buting, Williams & Stilling, S.C., to schedule a free initial consultation. We can be reached by phone or through our online contact form.