In Louisiana a person may face criminal charges based upon their alleged violation of different state and federal laws. Their alleged crimes may fall into either the category of misdemeanors or felonies, with the latter category of crimes punished more severely than the former. When confronting serious charges like rape, murder, and others that classify as felonies, individuals may fear that their futures will significantly affected if they are convicted.
Their concerns are not without merit. Felonies carry with them serious penalties that can have long-term consequences on the lives of those who must face sentencing for their alleged participation in serious criminal acts. Conviction on a felony charge may result in an individual paying a hefty fine, losing certain rights and privileges, and spending significant time in prison.
While there is nothing certain when facing criminal charges in the federal or Louisiana state court systems a criminal defendant can prepare themselves by understanding their legal rights and options for preparing their defense strategies. In some cases a criminal defense plan may provide a defendant with the tools necessary to either reduce the individual's charges or have their charges dropped completely, thus giving them a chance to return to their normal life.
One of the rights that a criminal defendant has is the right to an attorney. Lawyers who provide criminal defense services can offer their clients knowledge and experience that can form the bases of their clients' defense plans. At Hymel, Davis & Petersen, criminal defense clients are treated with respect and consideration as the unique aspects of their cases are considered in preparation for their trials. The firm is available to work with new clients who wish to prepare themselves for and face head-on their criminal felony charges.