IF YOU ARE FACING CRIMINAL CHARGES, YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE SITUATION. BUT YOU SHOULD ALSO BE AWARE OF YOUR RIGHTS AND YOUR OPTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR DEFENSE./
A c can help you establish the best defense possible, developing a strategy to help you with the coming case. At Hall & Wingert, we can provide skilled counsel and help you avoid becoming overwhelmed. If you have been criminally charged, contact Hall & Wingert immediately.
The state must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. It is important that you know your rights, understand the charges you are facing, and how to prepare yourself for what is ahead.
You are probably wondering what you can expect if you are convicted. Even a simple misdemeanor could lead to jail time, financial consequences, and an appearance on your criminal record. Sometimes these charges can be expunged eventually, but many of them can haunt you for the rest of your life.
All the more reason to enlist professional legal help. If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense, you will need a skilled cHall & Wingert as soon as possible. We will fight for your rights and work hard to achieve the best possible outcome.to represent you. Contact
What makes a good c?
A good criminal defense attorney is a relentless advocate for their client. They are strategic, deliberate, assertive and thoroughly prepared. Defense attorneys know that they are often the last line of defense for their clients, and they take this responsibility seriously. They believe that everybody deserves fair treatment, and they put in the work to make sure their client gets the best defense possible.
How does the court system work?
Iowa’s court system, like other states’ courts, can be complicated for those unfamiliar with how they operate. There are several processes one must go through once they’ve been accused of a crime. This can include incarceration, pre-trials, pre-trial detention, trial and sentencing, among other processes. Sometimes the system runs as intended, but often mistakes are made or injustices present obstacles to citizens.
Defense attorneys perform a valuable service for their clients by ushering them through the system to ensure they are treated fairly.
Common prosecuting strategies
Prosecutors will often portray a defendant in a negative way, not only alleging that they committed a crime, but also that they are malicious or untrustworthy. They use interrogations and statements made by the defendant to make their argument. Prosecutors are notoriously aggressive and motivated by the need to achieve as many convictions as possible.
Common defense strategies
Defense attorneys look at their clients’ cases from every angle to get them a favorable result. They’ll look at the facts surrounding the charge against their client, but they’ll also look at the procedures officers used during an arrest to make sure that there were no breaks in the protocol. Typically, a defense attorney will either seek to prove that their client is not guilty or they will find a way to lessen the penalties their client is facing.
Here at Hall & Wingert we can help you defend yourself against the following criminal charges:
Have you been charged with Assault?
Sometimes things get out of hand and you may be facing an assault charge. There are several levels of assault charges, ranging from a simple misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of $65 to $625, all the way up to a Class C Felony punishable by up to ten years in prison and a fine of $1,000 to $10,000. Know what you’re facing. Call Hall & Wingert today.
Drug-Related Crimes Attorney
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The severity of drug-related penalties depends on several factors, including your criminal record, the substance in question, and the amount found in your possession. For a first conviction, you may be facing up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $1,875, or both. Don’t face these charges alone, call Hall & Wingert today.
Possession of alcohol by a minor is a simple misdemeanor. The minor aged 18-20 possessing the alcoholic beverage can be punished with a fine of $100 for a first offense, and penalties become more severe with successive offenses. An establishment selling alcohol to underage persons can be charged with a simple misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,500.
Public intoxication is a simple misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $625 for a first conviction. Call us to help you mount the best defense possible.
OWI/DUI Charges Lawyer
Have you been charged with an OWI? Learn more about these charges here.
The state of Iowa takes drinking and driving seriously. Penalties for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated (OWI), also known as Driving Under the Influence (DUI), become more severe with successive offenses. A first offense is a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of $1,250, or both. The minimum jail sentence is 2 days. Know your options. Call Hall & Wingert now.
It was probably just a misunderstanding. No matter what happened, a probation violation can mean being sent back to complete your original sentence. Conviction of further criminal charges during your probation can mean stiffer penalties, in addition to revoking your parole. Let the court see your side. Call us today.
No parent wants to have a child taken away. If your child is facing delinquent charges, Hall & Wingert is ready to step in to defend him or her. If your minor is adjudicated delinquent, the court may order probation, placement in foster care, residential treatment, or a state institution.
Juvenile court does not decide simple misdemeanors for violations of traffic, tobacco, hunting, fishing, snowmobile, or curfew laws.
Let us defend your child. Give us a call.
What is a misdemeanor in Iowa?
Misdemeanors include many charges, such as trespassing, domestic abuse, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, drug possession, assault with bodily harm, indecent exposure and prostitution.
Consequences of a misdemeanor conviction in Iowa
In Iowa, there are three categories of misdemeanors – simple, serious and aggravated. The most serious misdemeanors can result in up to two years of jail time, in addition to serious fines.
What are your rights?
You have the right to fair treatment in our criminal justice system. You do not have to speak to arresting officers. You also have the right to an attorney, which you should exercise as soon as possible.
Should I get a public defender?
Public defenders face a difficult task. They often juggle incredibly high caseloads with limited time and resources. They are sometimes overextended and struggle to devote adequate time and attention to the cases they handle. Though public defenders can be good attorneys, the constraints of the job often have major implications for those they represent.
Conversely, hiring your own criminal defense attorney can eliminate those challenges. You’ll have an advocate dedicated to your case. They’ll be able to throw more resources behind your defense and give your case the attention it deserves.
Representing yourself in court
A person should never represent himself in court. Most people are unfamiliar with the laws, procedures and best practices associated with our criminal justice system. Even attorneys with years of experience in criminal defense hire attorneys when they find themselves in legal trouble.