Whether the charge you face is felony or misdemeanor, the consequences could be enormous, including jail or prison, substantial fines, various court-ordered conditions, and more. The first thing you should do in this situation is to hire a reputable criminal defense lawyer in Vancouver, WA. The time immediately following a criminal charge can be one of the most stressful and exhausting situations that you can imagine. With ruthless prosecution and sometimes overzealous efforts to saddle you with the harshest punishments possible, you need to be confident that you are being defended by a similarly dynamic and experienced lawyer in Vancouver, WA.
Your defense attorney acts as the guardian of your rights and the protector of your interests and ensures that the principle of presumption of innocence is maintained. The goal of the prosecution is to ensure a conviction, not necessarily find the truth. To that end, the government applies all its resources against you. Your lawyer is a bulwark against the arbitrary and at times capricious action of the state powers. You need someone dependable on your side. Felonies are serious crimes and can result in years of jail time, while misdemeanors are "lesser" crimes with sentences ranging from 90 days or up to one year in jail. Both can have lasting impact on your freedom, reputation, and employment.
If you are charged with a misdemeanor, you are at risk of a debilitating criminal record and potential jail time. Some misdemeanors, such as domestic violence and DUI, have far-reaching consequences that may affect you more, including your right to vote, your privilege to drive, and your right to freely associate with your family and friends. You should never attempt to handle a misdemeanor without a skilled attorney on your side.
In addition to the risks of a misdemeanor, if you are charged with a felony, you are at risk of prison or extensive jail time, loss of the right to vote, loss of the right to possess or own firearms, and more. Felony charges are severe and very technical. A skilled attorney can assist you in beating or mitigating your charges.
John Terry has extensive experience in criminal law. He has worked as a prosecutor, public defender, and as a privately retained defense attorney. He has handled several high-profile criminal cases, obtaining excellent results for his clients.
To schedule a free consultation with John Terry, or another attorney at our law firm in Vancouver, WA, call us today at 360-213-2040 or contact us online.