Pittsburgh Criminal Attorney: Legal Tips
Important Criminal Legal Tips You Need to Know
Being charged with a criminal offense is an extremely serious matter. Anyone convicted of a crime can expect to face an extensive jail or prison sentence, hefty fines, probation and more depending on the type of crime and the number of previous convictions. Sex crimes convictions also carry a mandatory registration as a sex offender, and certain traffic offenses have the additional penalty of the suspension of your driver's license. Law enforcement officials and prosecuting attorneys in Pittsburgh will use all resources at their disposal to see that individuals charged with the commission of a serious crime are convicted to the fullest extent of the law.
If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a criminal offense there are certain measures you must take in order to help protect your interests and defend your rights. The first thing you need to do is consult with a Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyer from our firm as soon as you have been arrested, charged or are being questioned by the police. We will review the charges or case against you, evaluate the most effective course of action to pursue and advise you on how to proceed. We will then immediately begin building an aggressive criminal defense on your behalf.
No matter what the circumstances, here are the criminal law tips you NEED to know:
- If law enforcement officials request to search your house, your car or your person, you are within your rights to say NO and then immediately seek counsel from an attorney from our firm.
- If you are pulled over for a suspected DUI, you will be subjected to greater penalties if you refuse to submit to field sobriety tests or a breathalyzer test.
- If you operate a vehicle while your driver's license is suspended or revoked, you will be subject to additional penalties, not the least of which is the complete loss of your driving privileges.
- If you have prior convictions, you are subject to sentencing enhancements on future convictions which will serve to increase your prison sentence.
- If you have been arrested by law enforcement or government officials you do have the right to consult with an attorney before and during questioning. Even if you are not under arrest, you have the right to have an attorney present.
- There are certain criminal offenses which can be permanently removed from your criminal record. These are known as expungements and our firm can help you with the expungement process.
- Under certain circumstances, juveniles who commit serious and/or violent crimes can be charged as adults.
- When filing an appeal, it is essential that you file properly with the correct Court, within the permissible time period, and by specifically asserting your legal issue. A failure to do so will result in your appeal being dismissed or denied.
- Certain criminal offenses carry a Mandatory Minimum Sentence that you will be subjected to if you are convicted of such crimes.
- If you plead guilty, or are found guilty, to an offense while on probation or parole, you can expect to be subjected to additional penalties.
Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving Pittsburgh
For the last 7 years, our firm has been committed to providing clients with the effective, hard-hitting representation they deserve. We are available 24/7 for our clients and we are dedicated to giving clients the high-quality legal services they need when being faced with serious criminal charges. We have successfully represented hundreds of clients in all types of proceedings including bail bond hearings, preliminary hearings, after probation violations, during appeals, in criminal litigations before a judge or jury, and more. Attorney Frank Walker is an accomplished and well-respected attorney, and he along with our entire firm have worked tirelessly to build a reputation as being an aggressive, result-oriented law firm.
If you are under investigation or have been arrested and charged with a criminal offense, you need an attorney who will aggressively fight to protect your rights. We advise you contact a Pittsburgh criminal attorney from Frank Walker Law today to schedule your confidential consultation.