DeToto, Van Buren & Brown - Houston Criminal Lawyers
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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I am arrested?

The most important thing to do is remain calm and ask to speak with an attorney. The Constitution gives you the right not to incriminate yourself, but people mistakenly believe that talking to the police will help get them out of trouble. Making statements to the police without having your attorney present will only make matters worse for you. Be polite, stay calm and wait for your attorney to arrive.

What happens after I am arrested?

After you are arrested, the police will take your picture and fingerprints in a process referred to as booking. The next step is usually an appearance in front of a judge who will decide whether to release you in your own recognizance or set bail as a condition of your release. A lawyer can help to convince a judge to release you without bond or assist you in arranging with a bonding company to obtain your release.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?

Criminal offenses are either misdemeanors or felonies. A misdemeanor is a less serious crime than a felony, but the penalties for a conviction may include incarceration in a local jail for up to one year, probation supervision, fines or community service. A felony is a more serious offense with longer periods of incarceration and probation. The fines are also substantially higher than for a misdemeanor conviction.

A convicted felon may lose the right to vote, to carry a firearm and to serve on a jury. A felony conviction may also make it difficult to find a job, obtain housing, or qualify for education grants and loans to return to school.

Why do I need a criminal defense lawyer to represent me?

The criminal case against you is handled by a prosecutor who is a lawyer with experience and specialized training in the criminal laws, the rules of evidence and courtroom procedures. An experienced criminal defense attorney will design a defense strategy to challenge the evidence the prosecution intends to offer against you. Your criminal lawyer is there to aggressively defend your rights and advise you at each stage of the proceedings.

How much will it cost to hire a criminal defense attorney?

Each criminal case presents different challenges that require different amounts of a lawyer’s time. A criminal defense attorney will review the charges filed against you and the evidence. Only after a detailed explanation of how your defense will be handled will a criminal defense attorney quote and discuss a proposed legal fee.

DeToto, Van Buren & Brown
300 Main Street, Suite 200
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 223-0051