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Parker County Criminal Defense Lawyers Answer Frequently Asked Questions about Criminal Law

The experienced criminal defense lawyers know you have lots of questions about your specific case and also about criminal law and the justice system generally. We’re happy to provide answers. Here are a few of the most common questions we receive.

Criminal defense generally

    • Do I need a lawyer even if I’m innocent?

Yes, a competent criminal law lawyer is essential. If you are innocent and facing charges, then you need a lawyer to help you defeat the charges, otherwise you risk facing a conviction and punishment for something you did not do. A competent lawyer will able to find the errors in the police investigation that led to the charges.

    • Do I need a lawyer if I’m guilty?

Yes, a competent attorney can do much to help you, even if you think you might plan to plead guilty. A competent attorney can look over your case to see if there are any problems with the way evidence was obtained, and if so the evidence may be excluded from court, making it difficult for the prosecutor to make a case against you. An experienced attorney can also try to enter plea deals to lesser charges in order to give you significantly reduced fines, jail time and other consequences. Kernan Law Firm has extensive experience working with prosecutors in Parker County to negotiate plea deals.

DWI/DUI and drug charges

    • What is a search and seizure?

A search occurs when a police officer examines your person, your purse, your vehicle, your house or any other possession to obtain information about its contents. The Constitution of the United States guarantees that people should be free from searches that are not based upon probable cause. This generally means that an officer cannot search your vehicle, your purse, or your person unless he reasonably expects to find evidence of a crime, such as guns or a weapon. The officer cannot search if all he has is a hunch. With regard to a home, a warrant is generally required before an officer can enter and search. A seizure is what happens after the search, when the police confiscate the alleged evidence of a crime to use against you at trial. A drug possession attorney such as the Parker County drug defense lawyers at the Kernan Law Firm may be able to get evidence excluded if it was obtained through an illegal search and seizure.

    • Can a lawyer really help with a DWI/DUI case?

Yes, there are several things a DWI/DUI lawyer can do for you. A skilled lawyer can fight the charges and investigate whether there were any inappropriate actions by the arresting officers that could invalidate the charges. Also, if you contact a Parker County DWI/DUI attorney quickly enough, he or she can obtain a hearing to try to prevent the automatic suspension of your driving privileges after 15 days. And generally, an experienced lawyer can also provide insight into the process to ease your worries and help you understand what to expect.

Contacting Kernan Law Firm and retaining our services

    • How much will it cost?

Every case is different. Attorney’s fees generally vary according to the difficulty of a case and the amount of time taken to reach a resolution.

    • May I have a free consultation?

Absolutely. Your initial meeting with our lawyers is always free and confidential. The initial consultation is an opportunity for you to tell us about your case, and then we will be able to tell you what we may be able to do help. At that point we can give you realistic expectations about what our services will cost.

    • How can I contact you?

Call our office at 866-907-5364 or contact us online to arrange a meeting with one of our criminal defense attorneys in Weatherford.

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