Direct Consequences of Criminal Charges
When someone is charged with a crime, they face consequences, including:
- Jail time and probation or
- Prison time.
Consequently, having an attorney experienced in criminal law is critical to a good defense.
Collateral Consequences of Criminal Charges
There are also collateral consequences to criminal charges. These can include, but are not limited to:
- losing one's professional license, such as a nurse's license
- losing one's job
- the loss of privacy that comes with the government taking a DNA sample and putting it in one or more databases
- immigration consequences
- restrictions on firearms ownership
- loss of driving privileges, and
- the loss of the right to vote.
These are not the only collateral consequences, however, they are the most common.
Why Experience is Critical
Most cases in the criminal justice system settle without going to trial. In these cases, experience is essential to negotiating a favorable resolution. When a case does go to trial, a skilled litigator provides the necessary representation a defendant needs.
In all criminal cases, an attorney must understand the rules of evidence, the nature of the charges, other laws that may impact the charges or plea negotiation, and often, the complexities of chemical dependency and mental health issues that may impact criminal cases.
Contact the Law Office of Kenneth Puig
Kenneth Puig has over 20 years of litigation experience. Common criminal charges include:
Mr. Puig has extensive experience handling these types of cases. In addition, Mr. Puig has also handled a variety of other types of criminal cases. Contact us today to discuss your case.