Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal Law

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Here are answers to questions we hear frequently:

What does flat-fee pricing mean?

Our all-inclusive flat-fee pricing means that we don't bill you separately for every phone call, email message, court appearance and in-office meeting. The retainer we quote you includes it all. This is an excellent deal because you don't have to hesitate to call us when questions arise; you'll know that you're not being charged for it.

Why is it good to hire a lawyer who is also a former prosecutor?

Attorneys who are former prosecutors (such as William Du Bois) can typically anticipate and address issues that opposing parties are likely to bring against you. They know how the system works from the other side of the courtroom, and they can use this knowledge to craft more effective defenses.

What's the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

In most cases, a misdemeanor offense is considered a crime that carries less than one year in jail. A felony offense, on the other hand, is usually punished by more than a year in prison. Obviously, felonies are more serious than misdemeanors, but both can dramatically impact your life.

What is an arraignment?

At the arraignment, you appear in court for the first time and are told exactly which charges have been brought against you. You will also have a chance to plead guilty or not guilty to those charges.

What does it mean to post bail?

Essentially, bail is money that you hand over as a pledge that you will actually show up in court when you're supposed to. If the judge believes you're likely to flee, he or she won't allow you to post bail or will significantly increase the amount of money you have to provide.

If you use a bail bond company, you will usually have to provide that company with a small percentage of the total amount required by the judge. The bail bond company will then provide the rest. In exchange, you agree to pay a certain amount (usually 10 percent) to the bail bond company.

What's the difference between probation and parole?

Probation means that you're allowed to stay at home instead of going to prison. In exchange, you have to submit to certain conditions, such as attending a drug treatment program and reporting regularly to a probation officer.

Parole, on the other hand, is when you are released back into the community before your sentence ends. In exchange for getting out of prison early, you have to submit to certain conditions similar to those of probation.

If I'm not a U.S. citizen, will I be deported if I'm convicted of a crime?

Criminal charges are particularly dangerous for lawful permanent residents, illegal aliens and others who aren't U.S. citizens. In many cases, a conviction can mean removal/deportation. Even if you're not deported, a conviction on your record can make it much harder to become a citizen at a later date.

This is why you need the most experienced lawyer you can find — a lawyer who cares about you and your future. Let Traback & Du Bois represent you.