Criminal Defense in Vancouver, WA
Whether the charge you face is felony or misdemeanor, the consequences could be great, including jail or prison, substantial fines, various court-ordered conditions, and more. First, HIRE A CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY. The time immediately following a criminal charge can be one of the most stressful, exhausting situations that you can possibly imagine. With ruthless prosecution and sometimes overzealous efforts to saddle you with the harshest punishments possible, you need to be confident that you are being defended by a similarly dynamic and experienced attorney.
Your defense attorney acts as the guardian of your rights and the protector of your interests, and ensures that the principle of presumption of innocence is maintained. The goal of the prosecution is to ensure a conviction, not necessarily find the truth. To that end, the government applies all its resources against YOU. Your lawyer is a bulwark against the arbitrary and at times capricious action of the State powers. You need someone on your side. Felonies are serious crimes and can result in years of jail time, while misdemeanors are “lesser” crimes with sentences ranging from 90 days or up to one year in jail. Both can have lasting impact on your freedom, reputation and employment.
If you are charged with a misdemeanor, you are at risk of a debilitating criminal record and potential jail time. Some misdemeanors, such as Domestic Violence and DUI (Driving Under the Influence), have far reaching consequences, that may affect you more, including your right to vote, your privilege to drive, or your right to freely associate with your family and friends. You should never attempt to handle a misdemeanor without a skilled attorney on your side.
In addition to the risks of a misdemeanor, if you are charged with a felony you are risk of prison or extensive jail time, loss of rights to vote, loss of right to possess or own firearms, and more. Felony charges are extremely serious and very technical. A skilled attorney can assist you in beating or mitigating your charges.
Hiring the right lawyer as soon as possible in the criminal process is crucial to protecting your good name, your life, and your liberty.
John Terry has extensive experience in criminal law. He has worked as a prosecutor, public defender, and as a privately retained defense attorney. He has handled various felony and misdemeanor cases, including Assault, Theft, Identity Theft, Fraud, Burglary, Robbery, Drug charges, Firearm charges, and more. He has also handled several high-profile criminal cases, obtaining great results for his clients.
To schedule a free consultation with John Terry, , or another attorney at Morse Bratt Andrews & Terry LLP, call us today at 1-877-818-7852 (alt. 360-213-2040) or contact us online.