Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal Law
San Antonio Criminal Defense Attorney
When a person is facing criminal charges there are a number of questions.
Most people have never been in a courtroom or hired an attorney before.
Serious charges require serious help. John J. Fox, an experienced San
Antonio criminal attorney can explain the specific charges you are facing,
answer questions which are specific to your case, and help you with your
free case evaluation for further information regarding the details of your unique case.
What is a prosecutor?
A prosecutor is a county, city, or state attorney who works for the government.
He or she is responsible for presenting the case against a defendant.
What is a Grand Jury?
A grand jury is a group of people whose purpose it is to listen to testimony
of witnesses and review other evidence of a suspected criminal activity.
After reviewing all the evidence the grand jury decides if there is enough
evidence to indict the person or persons with the commission of a crime.
What are the penalties for a Misdemeanor conviction?
Misdemeanors have three classifications, Class A, B and C. The penalties
for a Class A Misdemeanor can be up to a year in jail and up to a $4,000
fine. Class B Misdemeanor penalties typically can be up to 6 months in
jail and a fine of up to $2,000 dollars. Class C misdemeanors almost always
involve only a fine, with no jail time. It is important to point out that
probation, instead of jail time, is typically offered in Class A and Class
B Misdemeanor cases.
What are the penalties for a Felony conviction?
There are a number of classifications of felonies. The penalties for the
most serious, Capitol Felony may be life sentence without parole or the
death penalty. The punishment range for 1st Degree Felonies is a prison
sentence from 5 to 99 years. 2nd Degree Felonies have a 2 to 20 year sentence
range. 3rd Degree Felonies carry a 2 to 10 year penalty range. State Jail
felonies, the lowest level felony offenses, may involve a prison sentence
ranging from 6 months to 2 years. As in misdemeanor cases, probation instead
of prison time is often a possibility, depending upon the specific facts
of your felony case and your previous criminal history.
Will my license be suspended if I am arrested for a DWI?
If you are arrested for a
DWI, you may be at risk of license suspension. If you refuse to perform a
chemical test, your license may automatically be suspended under the implied
consent law. It may also be suspended if your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
appears to be above the legal limit.
How will a conviction affect me in the future?
A conviction is public record and is available to the general public.
Any employer or prospective employer, landlord, financial institution,
education institution, or licensing agency can gain access to this information.
This can affect a person's employment, chance to go to college or
enter a profession which requires a license.
What types of crimes do you defend?
Our firm defends all types of misdemeanor and felony criminal charges,
including multiple DWI, felony DWI, Intoxication Assault, Intoxication
Manslaughter, drug crimes, possession, distribution, manufacturing, internet
crimes, child pornography, molestation, sex with a minor,
child abuse, theft crimes, burglary or robbery, traffic offenses, hit & run, violent
crimes, domestic violence, murder/manslaughter, assault/ battery, juvenile
crimes, white collar crimes, warrants, Motions to Revoke Probation and others.
Criminal Defense Lawyer in San Antonio
The prosecution has a team of investigators and attorneys all working toward
gaining a conviction. When your future is at stake, you need an experienced,
knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer on your side with a team that works
hard in your defense. Call The Law Office of John J. Fox to find out how
we can help you. Learn more by
contacting a criminal defense attorney in San Antonio from our office today!