Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal Defense
If you have been arrested or charged with a crime anywhere in Texas, you could be extremely concerned about your future. At the Law Office of Jesse Hernandez, our knowledgeable San Antonio criminal defense lawyers completely understand that you may feel overwhelmed by the prospective legal matter ahead. In order to bring you a sounder mind, however, we have prepared the following set of frequently asked questions.
Common Concerns Addressed by a San Antonio Defense Lawyer
What are my rights?
Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that you have rights! You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to retain an attorney. Once you assert your right to remain silent, police officers will be required to stop questioning or investigating you. If you think that your rights have been violated, we can create a compelling defense strategy that can help increase your chances of securing a favorable resolution to your case.
What should I do after an arrest?
The steps that you take immediately following an arrest could prove to be the most influential in the final outcome of your case. Do not speak with anyone so that you do not accidentally incriminate yourself. Do not resist arrest or run away. Most importantly, it will be imperative that you assert your right to a lawyer by consulting a legal professional. Only a skilled criminal defense lawyer will know the potential defenses available to your particular case.
Is there a difference between misdemeanors and felonies?
Crimes can typically be categorized in two ways: misdemeanors or felonies. Misdemeanors are generally lesser offenses, and can include up to one year jail sentence. On the other hand, felonies are considered to be severe criminal offenses and can be penalized by more than one year in jail or prison. Both felonies and misdemeanors can result in a permanent criminal record.
Do I have defenses available to my case?
With the Law Office of Jesse Hernandez working at your side, you can have options available to you. No matter what you have been arrested for or charged with, we know how to apply a hard-hitting defense strategy. Oftentimes, we are able to determine if your rights have been violated, which can help increase your chances of a complete case dismissal.
Why do I need to retain a criminal defense attorney?
Your choice in legal representation can be among the most important legal decisions that you make for your future. Even first-time offenders should seek legal counsel from a qualified professional. Any type of criminal conviction could lead to serious consequences, including a permanent criminal record, mandatory jail time, or excessive fines.
Do you have more questions? We have your answers. Call today.
If your specific question has not been addressed, do not think that your particular case is too complex or too difficult. Our San Antonio criminal defense lawyers have handled criminal matters ranging in all degrees of complexity and we are confident that we can help you make empowered, informed decisions for your future. In fact, as a testament to our firm’s knowledge and professionalism, Attorney Hernandez has earned a 10.0 Superb rating by Avvo, Inc. and has been named as one of the Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in San Antonio by SA Magazine.
Our firm proudly defends the rights and freedoms of individuals who have been arrested and charged with crimes in San Antonio and other surrounding areas in Texas. To move forward with the Law Office of Jesse Hernandez, call our office and schedule your free case evaluation. We stay available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you through your particular matter.