Criminal Defense FAQ
Learn the Truth from St. Louis Criminal Defense Lawyers
At The Hammer Law Firm, LLC, we know that clients and families come to our firm amid deeply troubling times. While their situations and cases may be unique, our clients commonly have the same types of questions and concerns about the charges they face, their rights, and how an attorney can help them defend against their allegations. As we are always intent upon alleviating the worries you and your loved ones have, our Missouri criminal defense lawyers make is a point to provide you with a sense of reassurance that comes with the genuine communication, truth, and trust we cultivate. This is why we have provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from people who are just beginning their legal journey.
What should I do after an arrest?
Although we are fully aware that chaos, fear, and uncertainty loom heavy in the aftermath of an arrest, we encourage anyone who may be currently facing criminal allegations, as well as their families, to remain calm. While this is no easy feat, it can certainly be made easier by working with experienced, compassionate, and highly attentive St. Louis criminal defense attorneys who are prepared to immediately set you at ease by reviewing your case and determining the ways in which your charges can be fought.
Aside from seeking proven legal representation, our firm recommends that you exercise your rights, specifically your right to remain silent. You do not have to speak with law enforcement officers and you are never required to answer questions without a lawyer present. Remaining silent can ensure that you do not say anything that can later be used to incriminate you. Additionally, collecting all relevant legal documentation, taking notes of important dates and deadlines, and securing information of any witnesses who may be of benefit to your future defense are wise decisions that can aid you, and your attorney, as your legal process progresses. This being said, consulting a knowledgeable and qualified lawyers should still be your first priority.
Is there any possibility that I won't have to go to jail?
Yes, there is always the possibility that imprisonment can be avoided, especially when you work with proven attorneys. Regardless of the charges you face, and no matter how hopeless you may feel, there are numerous avenues of opportunity that can be pursued to have your charges dismissed, dropped, or reduced.
What are my options?
Your available defense options will always depend on the unique circumstances involved in your case, particularly the following:
- The nature and type of charge
- Your prior criminal history
- The arresting protocol of law enforcement officers
By carefully listening to what you have to say and by meticulously reviewing all elements involved in your case, our legal team can assist you in determining all of your available options and defense strategies. While these options may vary from case to case, our attorneys have secured numerous favorable resolutions for our clients by way of dismissals, plea bargains that reduce charges and sentences, and alternative sentencing or diversion options. Again, we want to reiterate that these are simply general options and that the specific facts inherent to your case will provide a more precise set of options and plans.
What are alternative options?
When it comes to the criminal justice system, our society has shown that it focuses more on rehabilitation than unfair punishment alone. This trend means that, for certain individuals - in particular first-time offenders and those accused of certain types of crimes - alternative sentencing or diversion options can be pursued. These options provide ways of avoiding harsh penalties, including terms of imprisonment. In drug crime cases, for example, some defendants may be eligible for drug court, which will allow them to obtain substance abuse treatment in lieu of incarceration. When applicable, our lawyers help you determine if these alternative options apply to your case and whether they can be pursued.
Will my case go to trial?
Whether or not your case will extend into the trial phase will concern the particular circumstances involved, the reasons for pursuing a trial, and the viability of your defense. The trajectory and resolution of a case will always be unique. While some people's best options rest on the fate of a trial, others may find plea bargains and compromises that reduce charges or penalties to be more appealing. It is true, however, that your right to a trial can be a powerful tool in the hands of a seasoned criminal defense lawyer. Should you choose to work with our firm, you can be sure that our attorneys will heavily weigh your options and guide you toward the best choice.
As we have a solid reputation for our grit and integrity throughout the local and state court systems, we find that we have ample leverage we can exercise during negotiations. Additionally, our legal team has handled hundreds of criminal trials and has no aversion to fighting aggressively on your behalf, should that be your most favorable option.
Can a lawyer really make a difference?
The simple answer? Most definitely. Having an experienced lawyer who focuses on criminal defense by your side can ensure that you do not commit any errors or mistakes that can compromise your case and that you are guided safely through your legal process. Our attorneys focus intently on making your legal experience one not marked by fear or uncertainty, but rather by hope, confidence, and the reassurance that comes with knowing precisely what is going on at every step.
Beyond helping you navigate your legal journey, a lawyer can fight for the best resolution possible in your case. At The Hammer Law Firm, LLC, we draw from decades of criminal law experience and careers as former prosecutors to provide our clients with effective defense strategies. In every case, our goals revolve around protecting your rights, your freedom, and your future. As we have the skills to do so, and the record of success to prove that we have done so in the past, you can be confident that our St. Louis criminal defense lawyer can certainly make a difference in your case.
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These frequently asked questions and answers are intended to provide you and your loved ones with a general starting point to begin your legal process. If you have any additional questions, or if you wish to find specific answers about your case, please to not hesitate to reach out to our firm for a free case evaluation. Find the information and support you need, absolutely free of charge.
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