Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal Law

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  • General

    • What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

      The classification of the two charges depends upon the potential punishment for the alleged crime. A misdemeanor is generally considered a less serious crime than a felony and carries lesser sentencing. More serious crimes with possible jail sentences of longer than a year are charged as felonies. Misdemeanors are typically less serious offenses including theft, minor drug cases and assault cases. Felonies are typically more serious offenses such as higher level theft or drug cases and aggravated assault cases.

    • What does it mean to "set a bond?"

      If you have been placed under arrest with the option of bail, or a bond, then you are given the opportunity to pay a certain amount of money so that you may be released from jail. Bonds require you to return at a later court date with your attorney to resolve your charges. The purpose of a bond is to secure your return to court, but does not reflect your guilt or innocence.

    • How soon after my arrest should I contact an attorney?

      You should ask for an attorney as soon asĀ you are arrested. While it is your right to not answer any questions posed to you by police or detectives, requesting the presence of a lawyer offers even more protection. Once you request the presence of an attorney, law enforcement can no longer question you until your counsel arrives. This protects you from the numerous tactics detectives may take to probe an incriminating answer out of you.