Your Phoenix Criminal Defense Law Firm
Immediately following a criminal arrest, you may find yourself wondering what you should do next and what important first steps you should take.If you or a loved one is accused of a crime, you need an experienced attorney on your side. Our criminal defense lawyers at McPhie Law provide quality and compassionate legal representation. Call us today at (480) 400-5555, or contact us online. We’ll set up a free consultation to discuss your case, your rights, and what to expect from the legal process.
At McPhie Law, our attorneys have significant experience representing criminal defendants. While we cannot guarantee a favorable result in your case, we have obtained successful outcomes for many of our past clients. For example, we have proven innocence at trial, secured reduced sentences, and otherwise made it possible for many of our clients to proceed with their normal lives following their criminal cases. We provide compassionate legal advice to our clients, from the moment they are arrested until the conclusion of their cases.
Our goal is to protect the freedom and future of all of our clients. Let us focus on your case’s legal proceedings while you focus on recovering from the emotional toll that can accompany criminal charges.
What Are Criminal Law Cases?
Criminal law covers a wide variety of subcategories. If you’re accused of a crime, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer to work with you to help ensure that you aren’t unfairly treated throughout the process, and that you aren’t convicted of a crime that you didn’t commit. Some of the most common criminal charges include:
- White collar crimes, including embezzlement
- Sex crimes
- Criminal traffic violations
- Criminal DUI
- Drug crimes
- Domestic violence
If you or a loved one is accused of a crime, don’t try to tackle the charges alone. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney is the most effective way to ensure that you will achieve the best possible result in your case.
Who Is at Fault?
Mere criminal accusations or charges don’t necessarily mean that you’re guilty. Oftentimes, police or prosecutors will accuse people of crimes that they didn’t commit. For example, you may be:
- Set up to take the fall for someone else. Others are responsible for the crime, but they planted evidence that makes it appear that you’re responsible.
- Unfairly accused. You may have had nothing to do with the crime, but were in the wrong place at the wrong time, leading to serious legal problems and accusations.
- Accused with inadequate evidence. You may face criminal charges, but sufficient evidence to prove your guilt may not exist—or was not collected properly and/or legally.
Regardless of whether you committed the crime for which you are accused, you need a criminal defense attorney to represent you throughout the process. Your attorney will ensure that the authorities followed proper procedure during your arrest and did not infringe on your rights, and that you understand the legal proceedings as they occur. The best way to protect your rights is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.
What Penalties Can I Expect?
The nature of the crime, your past criminal history, and a range of other factors will influence the penalties you face. These penalties may include:
- Fines. Fines for some offenses may create long-term financial hardships for you and your family.
- Your criminal record. A criminal record can cause difficulties down the road, including finding future employment and/or housing. As a result, you want to hire a criminal defense lawyer who can help you avoid a criminal record when possible.
- Community service. If your alleged crime hurt other people, you may end up needing to complete a certain number of community service hours.
- Probation. If placed on probation, you may lose certain freedoms, including drug and alcohol use, who you’re allowed to associate with, where you’re permitted to travel, and more.
- Prison time. A prison sentence may place your entire life hold until your release, at which point you may struggle to piece your life back together. In addition, if your criminal record contains your prison sentence, you may find substantial difficulty obtaining future employment.
An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you understand the legal proceedings and the future ramifications that you may face. In many cases, you may incorporate certain conditions into a plea agreement that will provide increased freedom following your conviction or release. Consider both your immediate freedom as well as long-term consequences, and how those may affect your future. Hopefully, you can limit the effect of any consequences that you may encounter after trial, even if the court convicts you or you plead guilty.
How Much Will a Criminal Lawyer Cost Me?
When you or a loved one is accused of a crime, plenty of worries race through your mind. You may feel concerned about how a conviction will restrict your freedom, what expenses you will incur fighting the charges, what fines you will need to pay, and how much work you will need to take off, among other key considerations. You may also worry about how to pay for a lawyer to represent you.
When you contact McPhie Law, we will set up a free consultation, during which you can discuss the details of your case and any estimated costs with one of our experienced attorneys. In many cases, hiring a qualified criminal defense lawyer may prove far less expensive than the criminal penalties you may otherwise face. Don’t let the fear of affording an attorney keep you from contacting McPhie Law.
Get the Help You Need From McPhie Law Now
If you or a loved one is accused of a crime, hire a criminal defense lawyer who will support you throughout the process. Don’t delay. Call us at (480) 400-5555, or contact us online, to schedule your free consultation. We provide quality legal representation, and will fight to protect your rights.