Criminal defense involves the protection of the rights of an individual who is being prosecuted for an act that he or she allegedly committed in violation of the law. You may be summoned to local, state, or federal court depending on the location and severity of the crime. If convicted, no matter what the crime, there is a range of penalties that can be applied by the judge which may include fines, probation and jail time.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is one of the most common criminal convictions and can have dire consequences. If you are operating a motor vehicle with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of at least .08% or are under the influence of impairing drugs and an officer has cause to pull you over, you can be asked to take a breathalyzer test and arrested for DUI. If convicted, you will face fines, suspension of your license and possible probation or jail time.
Some other criminal acts include:
- Domestic violence
- Drug crimes
- White collar crimes
- Sex crimes
- Driving with a suspended license
- Violation of probation
- Bench Warrants
Regardless of whether you feel you are guilty or innocent, if you are summoned to defend a criminal or traffic charge, you will be facing professional prosecutors and you need an attorney who knows their strategies and has the experience and skill to match. We will perform a thorough investigation of the incident and negotiate a settlement or prepare a strong case for litigation if it becomes necessary. We will also be there to answer your questions and keep you informed and prepared throughout the process.
If you are pulled over for DUI, you have the right to speak with an attorney before answering any questions or taking any tests. If you are charged, we will defend your case throughout each stage of trial.
First, you will make an initial appearance where the judge will enter a not guilty plea and decide whether to release you on own recognizance (promise to reappear), under supervision or on bond. Next, you will be summoned for arraignment where your plea is officially entered (we may be able to appear for you).
Then, a preliminary hearing will take place where the prosecution must prove probable cause for the charge. If the case makes it past this point and is not settled, a trial will take place where the case is argued and decided and the defendant is sentenced if a guilty verdict is found.
Even in a DUI case against the state, the burden of proof is always on the prosecution, and a strong defense attorney will make sure that the law is on your side.
If you have been charged and wish to set up an appointment or have questions, contact the Law Office of Rudnick & Hosek, Ltd.