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Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal Defense

If you or a loved one is charged with a crime, you will most likely have many questions. At Christina Rivenbark & Associates, we are here to provide the answers you need in a straightforward, easy to understand way.

Below are some common questions we are often asked, with answers to help you understand situations involving criminal defense issues. For more information, email our office or call 910-338-9813 to schedule a free initial consultation.

Why should I hire a Wilmington lawyer if I’ve been charged with a crime?

Facing criminal charges in the Wilmington area can be overwhelming and scary. Handling the case on your own is not a good idea, as you may not have all the knowledge or insight needed to resolve your case with the best possible outcome. There are many nuances that may not be apparent to someone who does not regularly defend people charged with crimes.

A local lawyer can be your advocate, helping you understand your rights and options for resolving your case. Your attorney will have the experience needed to plead your case to the judge, negotiate with the prosecution or take the case to trial. A skilled criminal defense lawyer will protect your rights and look out for you every step of the way.

How do I hire a criminal defense attorney?

Hiring a lawyer is easier than you may think. Online research, reading reviews and asking others who have used a lawyer in the past can help steer you in the right direction. Then, it is best to talk directly to an attorney who handles criminal defense cases about your situation. Many firms, like ours, offer a free consultation, so you can ensure the attorney you choose is a good fit for you and your circumstances. Keep in mind that it is best to contact a lawyer as soon as you can at the first sign of legal trouble.

Will my lawyer keep me out of jail?

There are no guarantees when it comes to criminal cases. Your attorney will work tirelessly to handle your case, including attempting to keep you out of jail. There are a variety of ways of doing this, which may include pleading guilty. However, talking with an experienced defense lawyer will help you understand your chances for staying out of jail in your specific case.

I’ve only been charged with a misdemeanor; do I still need an attorney?

Yes, it is still in your best interests to have a criminal defense lawyer on your side. Being accused of or charged with any type of crime can have serious and long-term consequences, even a misdemeanor. The attorneys at Christina Rivenbark & Associates even handle traffic tickets, so you can keep your driving rights. Your attorney can help minimize the effects a misdemeanor can have if it ends up on your criminal record.

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