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Frequently Asked Criminal Defense Questions

Criminal Defense Attorney in York, Shrewsbury, and East Petersburg

Learn more about the criminal defense process and what to expect if you have been accused of a crime. Our attorneys share over 40 years of combined experience defending the rights of the accused. If you have more questions after reading this page, or if you need legal representation immediately, contact our firm for a free consultation. Reach us at (717) 563-0681 or explain the details of your situation in our online contact form.

How are misdemeanor and felony charges different?

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, this will be thought of as a minor offense with comparatively small fines and other penalties. Many times, it's possible for us to get a person convicted of a misdemeanor to serve no jail time. If time in jail is required, it will be for weeks or months.

A felony is considered to be a serious violation such as various theft crimes, certain DUI offenses, some drug crimes, crimes of violence and others. The penalties for felony conviction can be large fines, probation, parole, a permanent criminal record and time spent in prison for a period of years. If you have been charged with a felony, we recommend an aggressive and proven York criminal defense lawyer from our firm to fight on your behalf.

What are my rights if I've been arrested?

Being arrested does not mean that you are denied many of the basic rights you have already. You have the right to an attorney, to a speedy trial and many others. At Ilkhanoff & Silverstein, our purpose is to seek out and execute the best possible defense against your charges. Being arrested doesn't have to equal being convicted.

I've been arrested, so what happens next?

A hearing will be held before a judge who will tell you what you have been accused of. There are a variety of important decisions that will be made in this hearing, known as an arraignment. Some of the decisions include whether bail will be set and if so, the amount of the bail and what your plea will be to the charges. This is one of the first steps in which it pays to have a knowledgeable lawyer working for you to protect your rights.

Do I need a criminal defense attorney?

Criminal defense laws can be complex and our justice system is not geared towards a citizen being able to effectively defend themselves. Prosecutors would like for people to try to defend themselves as it would increase their rate of prosecution. You may be facing life-changing consequences if you are convicted of a crime. We have over 40 years of combined experience in successfully applying the law to the advantage of individuals just like you.

For questions regarding criminal charges and their defense, please contact a York criminal defense attorney for effective legal help.

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