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Criminal Defense

When facing criminal charges, you want to know your case is in the hands of an experienced attorney. You want a criminal attorney who takes time to listen to your story, answers your questions and works diligently on preparing your case.

By working with a One Law Group, S.C. attorney, experienced in criminal defense representation, we can take action to challenge the charges against you,using strategies that could help prevent indictment, reduce charges, or even get you acquitted.

If you have been arrested and charged with a criminal offense, whether it be a misdemeanor or felony, your first, second, or third DUI offense, drug possession, sex or internet crimes, weapons charges, traffic violations or a restraining order issue, you need to contact One Law Group, S.C.

Each case is unique and no outcome is guaranteed, but at One Law Group, S.C. we strive to make a difference.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I have been arrested?
If you have been arrested, truthfully answer all questions about your identification - such as name, address, and birth date. While you have the right to refrain from answering self-incriminating questions, lying is never a good idea. Giving officers a hard time during the arrest process is also not beneficial. It will usually just make things tougher on you.

What's the difference between being detained and being arrested?
If a law enforcement officer suspects you are involved in criminal activity, you may be detained for a short time but you are free to leave thereafter. If you are arrested, the police take you into custody and you are not free to leave.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?
Most crimes are divided into two categories, based on the severity of the crime—misdemeanor and felony. State law governs which crimes are considered more serious than others. A misdemeanor is a crime where the maximum penalty is one year or less in state prison, in addition to fines, probation, and community service. A felony is a more serious crime that can subject those convicted to jail time for more than one year and, in the most extreme felonies, may warrant capital punishment. Felony charges also bring a number of other legal repercussions if the defendant is convicted.

What types of punishments do I face if convicted of a crime?
Sentencing can vary depending on the location of the case, the crime, the judge, sometimes jury, and other specifics of the case. A punishment for a particular crime may be governed by the federal sentencing guidelines, and the judge does not have a big impact on determining the punishment. In other cases, the sentence is up to the judge's discretion. Here, the judge considers several factors when determining a punishment. The most common punishments for a criminal conviction include:

  • Jail, prison, or other detention facility sentence
  • Punitive fines
  • Restitution or compensation to the victim
  • Probation
  • Community service

What are my rights if I have been accused of a crime?
Those accused of crimes have a number of rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. These rights include:
  • The right to avoid self-incrimination
  • The right to competent legal representation
  • The right to reasonable bail
  • The right to a fair and public trial
  • The right to be informed of the charges against you
  • The right to be confronted with the witnesses against you and to gather witnesses of your own
  • The right to a speedy trial
  • The right to face your accusers
The person accused of the crime is also presumed innocent until proven guilty. This means the prosecutor has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the criminal act in question. You do not have to do anything or say anything to prove you are innocent.

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