Criminal Defense FAQ

Navigating the criminal justice system is no easy task. At Palazzo Law Firm, our lawyers are dedicated to providing you the guidance you need. You can turn to us for answers to any questions you have. For starters, here are answers to some of the most common questions about criminal defense cases.

If I Am Under Investigation, Will I Be Charged?

In many circumstances, law enforcement will conduct a thorough investigation before bringing charges. If you are being investigated or even questioned by police about a criminal case, you should assume the worst and take precautionary measures. By enlisting an attorney at this stage in the process, you may be able to avoid charges that would have been filed otherwise, or perhaps your attorney can negotiate the filing of reduced charges.

What Is The Difference Between A Public Defender And A Private Lawyer?

In theory, a public defender and a private lawyer are the same. The only distinction being that the public defender is free for people who cannot afford to hire a private lawyer. However, in practice, there may be some important differences. Public defenders typically have high caseloads, whereas private lawyers tend to maintain more reasonable caseloads so they can devote more time to each client. Ultimately, you should look at a lawyer's experience and record of success in defending against the charges you face.

What Are The Penalties For A Conviction?

Penalties vary depending on the charges. What is important to remember is that there are often unseen repercussions in addition to the obvious penalties. For example, people convicted of DWI are often surprised that, after they have paid their fines, they still have to cover the costs of alcohol counseling and increased insurance premiums. An experienced attorney will be able to tell you specifically what penalties are associated with your charges.

Will My Case Go To Trial?

Many criminal defense cases do not go to trial. They may be resolved with a plea bargain. First-time offenders may go through a pretrial diversion program. Trial is a very real possibility, though, so you want to have a lawyer on your side who prepares for trial from the very start and has a record of courtroom success. Ideally, you want an advocate whose reputation at trial is known by prosecutors to ensure that negotiations are taken seriously. Prosecutors may be more likely to deal knowing that the threat of trial is real.

We are trial-ready. We begin every criminal defense case with a free consultation. From our law office in Gretna, Louisiana, we represent people in the New Orleans metropolitan area, and throughout the Gulf South region. Call 504-433-1442 or email us.