Providing Valuable Insight Into The Most Common Questions Clients Have
With over 20 years of experience in the legal field, I know that anyone facing criminal charges is going to have many, many questions. Being in that situation or seeing a loved one going through it is often a frightening and stressful ordeal for everyone involved. It has been my experience at The Law Office of John Alt that understanding the circumstances you find yourself in can help you to relax and approach the challenges you face with calm and confidence.
I’ve been charged with a crime. Now what?
First, it should come as no surprise that you need to contact a skilled criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible. If you are arrested, you should be calm, polite, cooperative and silent. Utilize your Constitutional rights to remain silent and to have a lawyer represent you.
What is the difference between probation and parole?
Probation is a type of sentencing, much like fines or prison time might be, during which the convicted party is able to continue living their lives and stay in the area while obeying the rules set down by the court. Alternately, parole occurs after an individual has served their time and is being allowed back into their community. In both circumstances, there are often rules relating to what the individual is or is not allowed to do, as well as community service requirements.
What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?
A misdemeanor charge is considered to be the less serious of the two offenses, whereas a felony comes with more severe punishments in the event of a conviction. The primary difference here lies in intent. A crime committed with the intent of inflicting significant physical or financial damage is likely to be considered a felony rather than a misdemeanor.