At the beginning of your criminal case, it can feel a little overwhelming: You likely have plenty of questions, and without proper legal counsel, it can be incredibly confusing. At the Rowdy G. Williams Law Firm, our criminal defense lawyers can help you with the questions below and more.
Is fighting a misdemeanor worth it?
Yes. While a misdemeanor may or may not come with jail time, the fines alone can make it difficult to get back to your normal life. On top of that, having a criminal record can be a problem, especially while moving or looking for a job.
Why shouldn’t I use a public defender or just represent myself?
Representing yourself means that you’ll lose the advantage of having someone with legal resources on your side. Unfortunately, even a public defender may not help here: The public defender will have multiple cases on his or her hands at once, so you might be disappointed if you expect personal, committed attention to your case.
Can a conviction be removed from my criminal record in Indiana?
Yes. Indiana has made it possible to sometimes get a criminal record cleared. If you’ve not committed a crime for five years after your misdemeanor or eight years after your felony, you can apply to have your record expunged. Some crimes, however, such as murder and human trafficking, will not have this option available.
What consequences will I face after my sentence is served?
Typically, you’ll pay your fines and spend anywhere from six months to forty years in prison, depending on your charges. Unfortunately, that’s not the end of your troubles. Criminal records are searchable, so having a conviction on your record can make getting housing, loans, child custody, and jobs extremely difficult.
Speak to a Terre Haute Defense Attorney
If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to an experienced defense attorney. Our firm understands how difficult a criminal case can be without help, but we can provide the legal guidance you need. The Rowdy G. Williams Law Firm understands your difficulties, and we’re here to fight for you.
We offer free, confidential consultations to all new clients so that you’ll know exactly what to expect from your case. To arrange a time for yours, just give us a call at 1-812-232-7400 or fill out the online form below.