Forming A Strong Defense Strategy For The Charges You Face
After an arrest, you may feel uncertain about the charges you face and the potential consequences. You might know that a misdemeanor is more serious than an infraction and a felony is more serious than a misdemeanor. However, what does this mean for you?
At the law office of Hawley & Associates, LLC, we assist those across Alabama facing state misdemeanor and felony charges. A conviction can have rippling effects on your family, future, financial stability and more. No matter the type of charge you face, we can inform you of your options, develop a strong defense strategy and aggressively protect your rights.
Felonies Versus Misdemeanors
Misdemeanors are lesser offenses yet can still result in serious consequences. Depending on the type of misdemeanor, the maximum potential jail sentence could be up to one year. Examples of misdemeanor charges can include shoplifting, certain drug crimes, a first or second DUI offense and more.
Felonies in Alabama are more serious, with the potential for harsh penalties. According to state law, such penalties may include imprisonment terms of:
- Life or up to 99 years but not less than 10 years for a Class A felony
- Up to 20 years but not less than two years for a Class B felony
- Up to 10 years but not less than one year and one day for a Class C felony
- Up to five years but not less than one year and one day for a Class D felony
Depending on the offense, penalties can also include fines, probation and other consequences. Felonies in Alabama can include violent crimes, sex offenses, drug trafficking, aggravated DUI and more.
Protecting Your Future
Whether you face felony or misdemeanor charges, a conviction of any sort can have substantial effects on your future. Your criminal record may complicate your eligibility for housing, employment, school and more. While in some situations you may have options after a conviction, such as expungement or even appealing the decision, proactively seeking the guidance of a skilled criminal defense attorney is your best option to protect your future.
Discuss Your Case With An Attorney
After an arrest, contact the lawyers at Hawley & Associates, LLC, to learn your options and protect your rights. Schedule a free initial consultation at our Prattville office by calling 334-595-8114 or by contacting us online.