Criminal Defense FAQ
If you are facing a criminal charge, you may find yourself with more questions than answers. If you have been arrested, it is critical that you are aware of your rights, and an experienced attorney can help you take measures to protect your freedom.
At Michael Uhl, P.C., we routinely assist clients in the Dallas, Texas, area as they confront misdemeanor and felony criminal charges. What follows are some common questions that attorney Uhl receives in his initial consultations:
Should I speak to the police?
You should not speak to the police unless your attorney is present. If an officer is speaking to you after an arrest, they may be looking for you to provide an incriminating statement. In other words, they may not have enough evidence to hold you. By hiring an attorney, you can better protect your rights.
When should I consider a plea deal?
A plea deal, or plea bargain as it is sometimes called, is a deal that is brokered with the prosecution outside of court. Often, in exchange for a guilty plea, the prosecutor will offer a sentence that is reduced from what would happen at trial. The decision to take such a deal should not be made without the guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. A lawyer can advise you of what your best legal options may be, given your specific circumstances.
How does bail work?
Whether you are charged in state or federal court, bail may be set, which can allow you to be released on your own recognizance. If you or a family member are able to pay the full amount, you can get those funds back at the end of your case, provided you meet the necessary conditions. If you do not have access to the funds needed to meet bail, an attorney can refer you to a bail bondsman, who will post your bail in exchange for a fee.
How long will my case take?
The duration of your case can depend on a number of factors. A federal charge may go to court more quickly than a charge at the state level, due to the Speedy Trial Act. In any case, a criminal defense attorney can help you build a legal strategy that seeks to preserve your freedom. At Michael Uhl, P.C., we can assist you protecting your rights as you strive for a positive outcome to your case.