Lynnwood Criminal Defense Attorney

Criminal Defense Frequently Asked Questions

You've been arrested, now what? You are probably very concerned about whether or not you will be convicted and if you are going to jail or prison. As a former prosecutor, criminal defense lawyer Michael P. Sheehy has an edge over other attorneys because he has invaluable insight into how the prosecution thinks and acts, which he uses to his clients' advantage at all times. Below are some frequently asked questions, if you need more information, don't hesitate to contact the firm without delay.

The police officer never read my rights, how does this affect my case?
If the arresting officer failed to read your rights then it may work in your favor. It could lead to the suppression of any statements you made to the officer after your arrest.

I have been arrested for a criminal offense, what do I do?
You need to exercise your right to remain silent, the police and investigators are not your friend. No matter how long you may be in questioning, it's important that you refrain from making a false confession, or from saying anything about your wrongdoing. Immediately call a Lynnwood criminal defense attorney to represent you.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?
A misdemeanor is a lesser crime such as DUI, petty theft, shoplifting, and prostitution among others. Most misdemeanors carry from a few days to less than a year in jail. On the other hand, felonies are more serious crimes; for example, certain drug crimes, violent crimes, robbery, kidnapping and offenses where a deadly weapon was used during the commission of the crime are considered felonies. Felonies result in anywhere from a year in prison to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Are all illegal drugs punished the same?
No, illegal drugs are categorized according to what is called a "Schedule." Each schedule depends upon a drug's addictive qualities. For example, drugs such as heroin, cocaine and LSD are considered more addictive than marijuana. Therefore, the penalties for possessing or selling these drugs are considered more serious than marijuana. Drug charges and penalties vary according to the type of drug, the quantity and what you intended to use it for.

Should I agree to a plea bargain?
The majority of criminal cases are resolved through a plea bargain between the criminal defense attorney and the prosecutor. The plea bargain is an agreement made between the defense and the prosecution, usually where the defendant agrees to plead guilty or no contest in exchange for either a lesser charge or a lighter sentence. Often times taking a plea bargain is more preferable than risking a tougher punishment if one goes to trial.

What should I expect from the arraignment?
At the arraignment you will be asked if you plea guilty or not guilty. It's usually recommended that you plea not guilty, that way you will have more time to evaluate your legal options. At the arraignment the court will impose the conditions of your release for the time period in which your case is pending. Such conditions will address posting bail or bond, attending a drug or alcohol treatment program and the possibility of a no contact order etc.

Have you been arrested for a crime? If so, please contact a Lynnwood criminal defense lawyer from the Law Office of Michael P. Sheehy, PLLC today!

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