Frequently Asked Questions

Lake Havasu Criminal Defense FAQ

Help From a Lake Havasu Criminal Defense Attorney

After getting arrested, your future may be full of unknowns. The threat of jail time, heavy fines, license suspension can all add up and lead to questions about what’s really going to happen to you. We find that simply arming yourself with knowledge goes a long way toward preventing unnecessary consequences and the information below is a great place to start.

If you still have questions beyond the ones listed here, don’t hesitate to contact our firm. We have a team of seasoned Kingman criminal defense attorneys ready to prepare a defense on your behalf. Let us steer your future in a positive direction!

What’s the harm in pleading guilty to a minor offense?
When it comes to fighting for your innocence, there is no ‘minor offense.’ It is important to treat even the slightest charge with the utmost care and attention, because you never know what penalties you could end up facing. Furthermore, minor offenses can stay on your record, often longer than you might like.

Is there a difference between probation and parole?
Yes. Probation is an alternative to prison and gives the defendant the ability to negate prison time by following certain rules. Parole, on the other hand, means that the convicted individual has already spent time in prison and is now being offered a shorter sentence.

Will I go to jail for the crime of drug possession?
In most cases, yes, drug possession results in time in jail. Based on the amount and type of drugs found on your person, the court will assign penalties which may include jail and a felony conviction. That is why you need to do everything possible to fight these charges or negotiate a plea bargain.

Am I required to answer a police’s questions after an arrest?
According to your Miranda rights, you do not have to speak to law enforcement after an arrest. In fact, it is usually in your best interests to remain silent so that nothing you say can be used against you later on in court. The only questions you should answer are ones regarding your personal information, such as your name and home address.

What penalties could I face for a first DUI offense?
Your specific penalties may depend on things like your blood alcohol content (BAC) and whether anyone was injured. However, common penalties include up to 10 days in jail, minimum $250 fine, license suspension for up to one year, and a interlock ignition device.

Does your firm have criminal defense experience?
We are proud to say that we have more than 80 years of combined experience. Our Kingman criminal defense attorneys are equipped to handle a wide variety of cases, including DUI, drug crimes, sex crimes, and white collar crimes. We have represented hundreds of clients and successfully reduced or dismissed their charges altogether.

Call Dwane Cates Law Group, P.L.L.C. for personal representation today!

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