When You’re Facing Charges, You Need A Strong Lawyer By Your Side
Anytime you are facing a criminal charge, you must consider both immediate issues and long-term consequences of a guilty finding. Because there are issues, including a permanent criminal record, lack of access to student loans and other consequences of a conviction, it is imperative to work with a strong Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney immediately. The Law Office of Kelvin L. Morris is here to help you navigate the road ahead.
Compassionate, Judgment-Free Legal Guidance
Violent crime charges carry harsh sentences. Possible legal defenses may be mounted that require the assistance of an experienced attorney. A conviction for a violent offense may result in long jail sentences, loss of your rights to vote and other rights being lost, including your right to carry a firearm.
Whether you are facing a gun charge without an underlying crime or you are being accused of assault, the right attorney is imperative. Homicide charges are far more serious and require someone who will investigate the entire matter, understand the totality of the circumstances and help determine how to best defend against the charges.
It is important to keep in mind that charges are not convictions. The prosecutor has a responsibility to show beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of the charges you are facing. The burden of proof is high, and the sooner you have an attorney working on your defense, the more likely you are to have a positive outcome.
Facing Drug Offenses Together
There is a high probability of you losing your right to operate a motor vehicle if you are facing a charge of sale, cultivation, possession or distribution of drugs. This means you need an attorney who will fight back aggressively since this will likely impact your ability to travel to and from work, address transportation needs for your family, or get back and forth to school.
While medical marijuana is legal in Pennsylvania, there are still serious consequences for those who are found guilty of drug crimes in Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania. Because the long-term penalties are so serious, the sooner you work with an attorney, the easier it will be to mount a successful defense.
I understand drug charges can be lodged against someone who does not have possession of any controlled substance. For example, you may be a passenger in a vehicle where drugs were found or a visitor in a home where one person was arrested for possession. Prosecutors aggressively pursue drug charges, and a guilty finding could impact your future, including having an impact on professional licenses.
The Long-Term Consequences Of Sex Crime Charges
If you are facing a sex crime charge, there is a high risk of long-term damage to your reputation, even if the charges against you are eventually dropped or you are found not guilty. Should you be found guilty, you will be facing numerous long-term repercussions, including the requirement of registering as a sex offender. This will impact where you can live and whom you can be around, and if you have children, it could impact your ability to see them unsupervised.
Being Indicted Or Charged With White Collar Crimes
Generally speaking, white collar crimes are investigated for long periods before an arrest is made. Frequently, you will find out you are being investigated long before an indictment or charge is handed down. Immediately upon learning you are being investigated, you should involve an attorney. A white collar crime conviction can result in jail time, significant fines and loss of professional credibility.
What You Need To Know About Search And Arrest Warrants
When serving a search warrant, the police are limited to searching for items specifically listed in the warrant. However, this does not mean they are limited to seizing property spelled out in the warrant. For example, if the police are searching for drugs but locate an illegal weapon, they can legally remove the weapon even though it was not part of the warrant.
The police must present a copy of a search warrant to you before they begin searching your property unless you have given them permission. Once you are presented with the warrant, you must allow the search to occur. You may contact a criminal defense attorney while the search is occurring, but you cannot stop it from happening.
Being Charged With Probation Violations
A probation violation can be something as minor as failing to show up for an appointment with your probation officer or as serious as being arrested for another crime. Regardless, the challenges you’ll face will be difficult to overcome. A probation violation could result in your spending time in prison equal to the time you would have spent for the underlying crime, even if you have not knowingly violated your probation.
Because the terms of probation vary from individual to individual, if you are facing a probation violation charge, call my office immediately. You do not want to risk a guilty finding, which could mean the loss of your freedom. I will take the time to review the violation and help you determine the best way forward.
For Quality Representation, Call Today
When you are facing any type of criminal charge, you can count on me to help you mount an aggressive defense. A criminal defendant needs an attorney, but they also need an advocate who can ensure their rights are defended during the process. Contact the Law Office of Kelvin L. Morris at 412-385-3553 to schedule a free consultation in my Allison Park office today.