If you have been charged with a criminal offense, you could be facing months or even years in prison and significant fines. Moreover, the social stigmas attached to criminal charges can follow you well into the future. Fortunately, you have options for defending against your charges and restoring your way of life.
A Queen Creek criminal defense lawyer can build a strong case on your behalf and ensure that your rights are fiercely defended. Reach out to the dedicated team at Grand Canyon Law Group to get started.
Our legal team defends a wide variety of criminal charges, including:
Criminal charges are identified as either misdemeanors or felonies under state law. Misdemeanors are less serious offenses, with generally lesser penalties. Felonies encompass more severe crimes, and in turn, carry harsher punishments. A skilled defense attorney can help you understand the nature of the criminal charges you are facing.
Arizona Statutes § 13-702 outline the state’s sentencing guidelines for first-time felony offenders. Under state law, Class 6 felonies, which are the least severe of the felony offenses, can result in four months to two years of incarceration. Higher classes of felonies have more severe sentences.
It is important to note that sentences can be affected by mitigating and aggravating factors, as well as prior offenses. A knowledgeable attorney in Queen Creek can fight to have charges reduced to avoid the most severe penalties, or even dismissed entirely.
Many different legal defenses can be used to reduce harsh sentences or eradicate charges entirely. Hiring an attorney early on in a case allows them to review your case and begin gathering evidence to strengthen your defense. A skilled lawyer can use expert testimonies and evidence to raise reasonable doubt among the jury that you committed the crime in question.
An attorney can also use the strategy of self-defense in certain cases, establishing that you only committed a crime in order to protect yourself. This defense can be tricky, as it requires admitting to the underlying offense. Thus, it is imperative to work with an experienced attorney when raising this defense, to ensure that the defense you present in court yields the best possible outcome. Our lawyers have experience prosecuting hundreds of cases as Deputy Attorneys, so we know exactly how to put together an effective defense in a criminal case.
Seeking legal counsel as soon as possible can alter the course of your criminal case. Do not procrastinate while the prosecutor is building a case against you. It is important to remember that prosecutors are not interested in protecting your rights; they are interested in winning. You deserve to have someone fighting for you.
At Grand Canyon Law Group, our priority is defending you. We will work with you to ensure that your rights and reputation are protected, building a strong case on your behalf. Reach out today to schedule a consultation with a Queen Creek criminal defense lawyer.