When a person’s freedom is at stake because of a criminal case, the quality of representation can make the difference. Thurman & Flanagin provides excellent criminal defense for many types of criminal cases including all felonies and misdemeanors in local, state or federal court.
We have represented clients facing many different kinds of criminal charges from the minor misdemeanors to major felonies including:
- Drug cases
- Assault and battery
- Domestic violence
- DWI or DUI
- Alcohol-related offenses (examples: drunk and disorderly, public intoxication, providing alcohol to minors)
Misdemeanor vs Felonies
Illegal actions are categorized generally in to misdemeanors and felonies according to how they appear in penal code, vehicle code or health and safety codes (which applies to drug offenses). The seriousness of the crime is a primary decider if the criminal charges are a misdemeanor or a felony.
Misdemeanors are more serious than petty offenses but are less serious than felonies. Sometimes the dollar value involved in the crime determines which criminal category that the charges are placed. For example, stealing property of a small value would be a misdemeanor, but stealing property worth a higher amount would be a felony.
Everyone has rights, even those who have been charged with or accused of a crime. The rights include:
- Miranda rights-which are read to an individual upon arrest and remind the individual of his or her right to have an attorney present for questioning and the right to remain silent, among other rights
- Search and seizure rights-which means suspects do not have to submit to unlawful searches of their property or person (including searches without a warrant or no probable cause)
- Trial rights-which include the right to speedy trial, right to face one’s accuser and the right to not be prosecuted twice for the same offense (known as double jeopardy)
- Right to counsel-which applies to most criminal cases and gives the defendants the right to have legal presentation. This includes the right to a public defender if the individual cannot afford his or her own attorney