Felonies and Misdemeanors
Our firm understands that – in an instant – people can become involved with the criminal justice system and that both felony and misdemeanor convictions can carry serious, lifelong consequences. Being charged with a crime, especially a felony, is one of the most frightening events a person can experience. Even after you get over the shock of being charged with a crime, you are now involved in a complicated system that often does not make sense to anyone who is not an attorney.
- Felony – Any crime punishable by more than one year in prison.
- Misdemeanor – Crimes punishable by a period of incarceration of up to 12 months.
Protecting Your Rights
It is critical that you hire an attorney to explain the system to you and make sure that your rights are protected in criminal cases. You can waive many of your rights, without realizing it and you need a lawyer to ensure that does not happen. The lawyers of Hurst & Hurst understand these rights and know how to help you protect them.
If You Are Innocent
Our attorneys can evaluate your case based on the evidence involved and help you determine what your best option is. In many cases an innocent person is charged with a crime and the only acceptable option is to either have your name cleared in a jury trial or have the charges dropped prior to the trial. Of course you will need an attorney to represent you at trial, but a lawyer can also be very useful to ensure baseless criminal charges are dropped before trial.
Helping You Get The Best Deal Possible
In other situations, a person may have done what they are being accused of doing. Having an attorney is essential in these situations. An attorney can knowledgeably negotiate with the prosecuting attorney on your behalf and can often obtain a better deal than a defendant who does not have a lawyer.
For example, defendants are often charged with every possible variation of the crime they committed and a criminal defense attorney can help get most of those charges dropped so the client can plead guilty only to what they have actually done. Also, having a lawyer to negotiate on your behalf can help you get pretrial diversion which allows a defendant to stay out of jail even though they are guilty and even have the charge removed from their criminal record if they abide by the rules of pretrial diversion.
How We Can Help You With Your Criminal Charges
The attorneys of Hurst & Hurst Law are committed to providing our clients with a well-planned defense, suited to their individual situation. We are not afraid to go to trial if it is in the best interests of a client, but we are also willing to negotiate a deal when it is appropriate. The most important aspect of our representation is to ensure whatever is in the best interest of our clients. If you have been charged with a felony or a misdemeanor, please contact Hurst & Hurst Law immediately. Waiting to hire a lawyer will put you at a tactical disadvantage that could be avoided. If you have been charged with a crime or have questions about criminal defense contact an attorney at Hurst & Hurst Law at (859) 209-2101.