If you wish to learn more about the criminal process, read through the following questions that I frequently receive at my firm along with the answers I have provided.
Do I have rights after an arrest?
Absolutely! Law enforcement officers are required to inform you of your Miranda warnings, or Miranda rights, after an arrest. In essence, your Miranda rights are designed to protect your Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer any question that may be used incriminate you. Your Miranda rights also include the right to remain silent and the right to retain legal counsel.
What's the difference between state & federal crimes?
Crimes can be heard in a state or federal court. Crimes that cross state jurisdictions warrant the attention of the federal government, must be prosecuted on behalf of the United States government, and are subject to harsher federal penalties. Unlike crimes that are prosecuted at a state level, federal crimes typically involve a federal investigation conducted by a government agency.
Will I have to register as a sex offender?
In Texas, any individual who is convicted of a sex crime is required to register as a sex offender. Upon your release, you must register for the Public Sex Offender Registry, and depending on the nature of your crime, you must register for either 10 years or for life. Failure to register in accordance with the law could result in harsher penalties, including an extended jail or prison sentence, or excessive fines.
Can a criminal record ever be cleared?
It depends. In some instances, a criminal record can be expunged, or "sealed." A criminal record sealing can be issued by a judge and all of your records pertaining to your criminal case will be destroyed. To determine if your record is eligible for an expungement, speak with an experienced criminal lawyer who can explain the process, exceptions, or waiting process.
Do I really need a lawyer to represent me?
Without a doubt. The criminal justice system involves laws with complexities and nuances that only a legal professional can use to your benefit. As an experienced criminal defense attorney in Fort Worth who has represented cases at both state and federal levels, I know how to examine evidence, discredit claims, examine police reports, and analyze key statements to protect your rights after an arrest.
I have been representing clients in criminal defense matters for years, and I know that one of the greatest defenses you can have is knowledge. As a Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer, I know the ins and outs of criminal law and I can help you better understand the process that you are facing in Texas. I am admitted to practice in northern and eastern districts of Texas and have represented clients in federal and state courts.
I am an active member of the State Bar College and the Criminal Defense Lawyer Associations in Tarrant County and Texas. My extensive experience has allowed me to construct the best possible defenses to help my clients avoid harsh penalties. If you have more questions or wish to learn more about how the Law Office of A. Oliver Hassibi can be of assistance in your criminal defense matter, do not hesitate to contact my firm.
I know how overwhelming the criminal defense process can be, and I would be happy to meet with you to explain every detail of your case so that you can make informed decisions about your case. Put your mind at ease by calling my office today to schedule your free case evaluation. It won't cost anything to obtain valuable legal information that can provide you with the peace that you need during this time of uncertainty.