These are some of the most common questions asked about visiting a criminal defense firm such as Wampler & Passanise.

A criminal defense law firm is a legal practice that specializes in representing individuals charged with crimes. The firm’s services may include providing legal counsel, negotiating plea deals, representing clients in court, and helping clients understand the criminal justice system.

If you are charged with a crime, you have the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, the right to a fair and speedy trial, the right to confront witnesses against you, and the right to present evidence in your defense.

The cost of hiring a criminal defense attorney can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the attorney’s experience. Many criminal defense attorneys charge an hourly rate, while others may charge a flat fee for the entire case.

The potential consequences of a criminal conviction can include fines, probation, community service, jail time, and a criminal record that can affect employment, housing, and other aspects of your life.

The length of the criminal trial process can vary depending on the complexity of the case, the number of witnesses, and other factors. Some cases may be resolved quickly through a plea bargain, while others can take months or even years to go to trial.

In most cases, yes. Your criminal defense attorney will represent you in court, but you may still be required to appear in court for certain proceedings or to testify if necessary.

A misdemeanor is a less serious crime that is punishable by up to one year in jail, while a felony is a more serious crime that is punishable by more than one year in prison.

It is possible for a criminal defense attorney to get charges dismissed or reduced, depending on the circumstances of the case. The attorney may negotiate with the prosecutor for a plea bargain, or may challenge the evidence against you in court.

If you are approached by law enforcement for questioning, you have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. It is generally recommended that you exercise these rights and consult with a criminal defense attorney before speaking with law enforcement.

It is generally not recommended that you speak to the police or prosecutors without first consulting with a criminal defense attorney. Anything you say to law enforcement can be used against you in court, so it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side to help protect your legal rights.


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