Zealous Legal Representation Against Life Changing Criminal Charges
When you are charged with a crime of any kind, your life is turned upside down. You may be frightened, hurt, and unsure of what will happen next. It may feel like everyone is against you and you have no one to turn to who can help you. If you were accused of committing a crime in Oklahoma, you’re not alone. Innocent people are arrested every day for crimes they didn’t commit, and others are good people who simply made a poor choice.
Every person who is charged with a crime is entitled to a strong defense under the United States Constitution, no matter how serious the accusations are. At Knight, Stockton & Cunningham, PLLC, we have the expertise and resources to provide you with a zealous defense that goes above and beyond the call of duty to give you the best possible chance of successfully beating the charges against you.
Misdemeanor crimes are generally considered some of the least severe crimes that a person can be charged with, however, that doesn’t mean that you should take the charges any less seriously. The penalties that you can potentially face include jail time, fines, community service, and a permanent criminal record that you will carry with you the rest of your life.
Examples of misdemeanor crimes include but are not limited to1 :
- Assault (simple)
- Disorderly conduct
- Prostitution and/or solicitation
- Indecent exposure
- DUI or DWI (first, second, and third offenses are misdemeanors in most cases)
- Petty theft/shoplifting
If you are convicted of a misdemeanor crime, your life will likely change substantially. Not only do you run the risk of being sentenced to jail, your criminal record will make it difficult for you to rent a home, obtain a home or auto loan, get a credit card, and even obtain a professional license. The most important thing you can do after being charged with a misdemeanor is to secure quality legal representation as quickly as possible.
Felony crimes are considered more severe than misdemeanor, and there are different degrees of felonies to indicate how serious the crime is and what punishments are typically associated with that crime. Being sentenced to jail time if you are convicted of a felony is imminent, as are hefty fines and other punishments like community service. Certain felonies may not be able to be expunged from your criminal record, meaning that anyone conducting a background check will be able to see that you were charged and convicted with a felony.
Examples of felony crimes include but are not limited to2:
- Assault (aggravated or with a deadly weapon)
- Drug crimes
- Rape and other types of sex crimes
- Grand theft
Depending on the severity of the crime in question, you could be sentenced to county jail or state prison for many years, and in some cases, for life. This is especially true in cases where the death of another person occurred, or a sex crime was committed against a child. Even if you are facing felony charges that are very serious, you still have certain guaranteed rights under the law. By working with Knight, Stockton & Cunningham, PLLC, you can better protect those rights and develop a compelling defense against your charges.
When to Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer
Nothing is more important than picking up the phone and contacting a criminal defense attorney after being accused of or arrested on a criminal charge. Even if you haven’t been arrested yet and the police are simply investigating their suspicions, it is in your best interest to pursue legal counsel as soon as you are able to.
At Knight, Stockton & Cunningham, PLLC, our attorneys know that bargaining for lesser charges is often not in the best interest of the client. Many prosecutors will put the pressure on in order to secure a guilty plea, often leading the accused into believing that there’s no way they will be found innocent in a court of law. However, our clients often stand the best chance of being proven innocent or having the charges dropped if we proceed with a trial.
We’ll investigate the evidence available in your case and will exhaust every possible resource in order to put together a strong, compelling defense that meets the prosecution at every turn. We will fight zealously for your rights under the law, regardless of the crime you have been charged with.
Don’t wait to get legal help if you or someone you love have been arrested for a crime or have been accused of committing a crime. Contact Knight, Stockton & Cunningham, PLLC today for a consultation to discuss the details of your case and to determine what the next best step should be.