Common Crimes We Handle
I handle roughly 150 cases per year, and they run the gamut, including drug cases, which are fairly common, traffic cases, theft cases and gun cases, as well as the occasional domestic battery or sex crime case. Basically, I have handled everything from speeding tickets to murder.
Most gun cases I deal with come under the category of aggravated unlawful use of weapons, which is when someone was in possession of a gun without a valid firearm owner’s identification card, which is a class 4 felony. I also handle cases in which a felon had possession of a firearm, which takes that to a class 3 or a class 2 felony, which can mean as much as seven years in prison.
We also handle a number of cases that fall under the category of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Regular criminal sexual abuse involves having sex with someone between the age of 16 and 17, but aggravated criminal sexual assault, while dealing with the same type of behavior, but it includes some measure of force, which means the penalties are much stiffer. Some sex crimes are probation-able whereas others are not, depending on whether they involved family members or that type of thing.
Among the theft cases we handle include typical burglaries, but also thefts in which people are just plain stealing, such as white-collar crimes in which someone steals money from their company, retail theft, in which people go into a store, grab something and go, vehicle theft and even identity theft. Identity theft is very common these days, but it can involve a number of things, such as getting hold of someone else’s Social Security number, even a dead person, and then taking out credit cards or loans or otherwise assuming another person’s identity.
The Difference Between Misdemeanors And Felonies
The difference between misdemeanors and felonies is actually quite simple, in that a misdemeanor is a crime in which the penalty is up to a year in jail or prison, while a felony is more than that, although there are a number of classes of felonies that can range all the way up to life in prison.
The Difference Between a Private Attorney or a Public Defender
Even if someone managed to qualify for a public defender, the accused should know that a private attorney will provide better representation and is more likely to get them a more favorable result, in part because they have more incentive to do so; a private attorney only makes money with more clients and a better reputation. Also, public defenders often have hundreds of cases to deal with at a time, so they only have a little time to spend with each client, and getting the best possible outcome does take time.
I always hope to do a better job than a public defender. While some public defenders are very good, many are straight out of law school and they don’t have the experience or the time to spend on anyone’s case. If it was my freedom on the line, I would want someone experienced, who knew what to do and who knew the judges and the process, in order to have the best chance in court.
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