Answering Common Questions About Criminal Defense
Navigating the legal system can be confusing for many people, especially when they are also experiencing the emotional strain of facing criminal charges. Experienced legal advice can be vital in getting answers to these questions.
Here at E.J. Boswell Law Office, I have a proven track record in criminal law cases in Greensboro, Madison, Eatonton and nearby Georgia communities. I use that experience to provide experienced guidance and honest answers to their questions.
Can the police search my vehicle or home?
Generally, the police need a warrant to search your property, and this document will give them permission to search a specific location. However, there are exceptions to this rule. For example, if the officers see something that indicates a criminal activity or believe that the search is necessary in case of an emergency, they may be able to conduct a search without your consent.
Should I speak to an officer after arrest?
If the authorities arrest you, you do not have to speak to the officers. In fact, you have the right to stay silent – the things you say could even be used to build a case against you. You may want to contact an attorney to help you protect your rights during this time.
What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?
Criminal charges may fall under two different categories: misdemeanors and felonies. In Georgia, a misdemeanor charge involves, at most, one year in jail in most cases. A felony is a more severe charge and can carry a penalty of one or more years in state prison. Some criminal charges may fall under either category depending on the circumstances.
How do I choose a defense attorney?
When the authorities accuse you of a crime, your future may depend on the attorney you choose. A knowledgeable, skilled and experienced attorney can help you navigate the legal process and make informed decisions about your defense.
What Steps Should I Take Next?
Your next steps can depend on the specifics of your case and the charges you face. It can be important to discuss your case with an attorney, explore your options and understand your rights before moving forward. For a no-cost consultation on your case, contact my firm today at 706-417-8299 or reach out online.