Frequently Asked Questions

Richmond Criminal Defense Lawyer

What do I do if I have been arrested for a criminal charge?

The most important thing NOT to do is speak with the police.  They may try to convince you that they are just trying to get to the truth so they can eliminate you as a suspect, but that is rarely the case.  Anything you tell them may later be used against you.  Police will even lie to you about other facts of the case in order to attempt to get you to admit to something you did not do.  What you must do immediately is contact a Richmond criminal defense lawyer who can begin to establish a defense on your behalf.

Why not use a public defender?

You are certainly entitled to a public defender if you qualify for one based on financial need, however be aware that many public defenders are fairly inexperienced and have heavy caseloads.  The likelihood of you just being another file to them is extremely high.  Why risk your future and your freedom to someone who probably can't remember your name.  At the law office of Debra D. Corcoran, Esq., you can be sure you will get an experienced and skilled legal representative who will work hard towards defending you against your charges.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor charge and a felony charge?

A misdemeanor offense is normally charged for crimes that are not as severe as felonies.  They include a sentence of no more than a year in a county jail and are usually for such crimes as minor drug possession, petty theft, drunk driving and the like.  A felony is charged for more serious crimes such as assault, robbery, murder, rape and others.  These carry serious penalties with prison time that could last for years, even life sentences or the death penalty for capital murder.

If I was arrested after some drugs were found in my car, will I be convicted?

It all depends on the circumstances of your arrest and how much drugs you had in your possession.  By contacting our office, we can discuss your legal options and plan a strategy that will possibly have the charges reduced or even dropped, depending on evidence presented against  you.

Contact a Richmond criminal defense lawyer for answers to your criminal defense questions.