BEING INVESTIGATED FOR OR CHARGED WITH A CRIME?
Facing criminal charges is a very serious matter. A criminal conviction can have devastating, long lasting, and broad sweeping consequences that could negatively impact your future. Depending on a number of factors (i.e. the classification and grading of a criminal offense combined with your prior record score), a criminal conviction may warrant incarceration at a county prison or even state correctional institute.
A criminal conviction also carries a stigma that may damage your relationships or reputation within the community, hinder professional opportunities, and impose financial obligations such as restitution and/or substantial fines.
Your freedom, your reputation, and your finances are all at stake!
CLASSIFICATION OF CRIMES
Felonies - range in degree and can have life altering consequences. You could be sentenced to lengthy prison terms of up to 20 years and be required to pay significant fines of up to $50,000.
Misdemeanors - range in degree and could also have life altering consequences. You could be sentenced up to 5 years in prison and be required to pay fines of up to $10,000.
Summary Offenses - are often called “non-traffic citations,” but can include disorderly conduct, loitering, harassment, and low-level retail theft, among others. Summary offenses are generally the most minor type of criminal offense. A conviction for a summary offense usually results in a fine and/or possible limitations on your freedom that generally do not warrant a prison sentence.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? Speak To Your Attorney, Not The Police!
The police and prosecutors are not your friends, and they are working to put you away. They want you to agree to be interrogated so they can gather statements and use them against you, should your case go to trial. You should politely refuse to answer any questions and request an attorney. Everything you say to the police can and will be used against you.
Attorney Richard J. Kravets is a skilled criminal defense trial lawyer and will immediately represent you in all communication with members of law enforcement. Mr. Kravets will use his skills and experience to assess the situation, advise you of your rights and options, and offer his advice as to the best course of action.