Criminal Defense FAQs
Answers to Common Questions from a Trusted Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney
What should I do if I am arrested in Dallas?
If you are arrested in Dallas, you should be very cautious of what you
say and how you behave while you are dealing with law enforcement. If
you are being questioned, you should refrain from answering any questions
until your lawyer is present. Also, you should never sign anything, such
as an inducement, without consulting with your attorney first. If you
feel you are being coerced or threatened by police after your arrest,
you should inform your lawyer of this.
What is an arrest warrant?
warrant is a court issued document that allows law enforcement to arrest the person
that is listed on the warrant at anytime, anyplace. If you believe an
arrest warrant has been issued in your name, you will want to hire a skilled
lawyer immediately. In some cases, you will face lesser legal penalties
if you turn yourself in to police versus letting police arrest you. A
defense attorney can give you the advice you need to make that right decision
when it comes to these matters.
What are Miranda Rights?
Miranda Rights are warnings that are given to people who are being arrested
by law enforcement. These warnings inform people of their right to remain
silent and their right to an attorney. If you were not read your Miranda
Rights prior to your arrest, you should inform your criminal defense attorney.
What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?
The main difference between a
misdemeanor and a
felony is that misdemeanors are less serious criminal offenses. Due to this,
misdemeanors are punishable with less than one year jail time and felonies
are punishable with more than one year jail time; along with other differences.
What should I do if I can’t afford a lawyer?
If you cannot afford to hire a lawyer, the state will appoint a public
defender to you. When given the option of having a public defender, you
should choose to work with him/her and never choose to defend yourself,
as there could be terrible consequences if you are convicted.
Do I need a criminal defense attorney?
Yes, you absolutely need a criminal defense attorney if you have been
or are about to be charged with a crime in Texas. Without help from a
skilled criminal defense lawyer, you will face legal penalties like fines
and jail time if you are convicted. By hiring a criminal defense attorney,
you can rest assured that you will receive pro-active representation,
which may help you avoid conviction and the life-altering consequences
that are associated with criminal convictions.