UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS
Going through a criminal proceeding is disorienting. If you are facing criminal charges, you are going to have to make some very complicated decisions without time to think. Should I plead? Should I ask the Judge to be forgiving, or should I keep silent? Should I even be here? Many criminal defendants make bad choices because they don't understand the process and their rights. Streff Legal can help you understand your rights, when you can exert them, how to best negotiate with the prosecutor, and when it makes sense to go to trial.
CRIMINAL DEFENSE PRACTICE AREAS
Streff Legal provides legal representation for the following Criminal Defense areas, as well as other.
- DWI - Including Implied Consent, Driver's License Revocation, and Vehicle Forfeiture
- Unlawful Assembly, Riot, Public Nuisance, and 1st Amendment Rights
- Assault, including Domestic Assault
- Drug and Controlled Substance Offenses
- Criminal Vehicular Offenses, including Reckless and Careless Driving, Criminal Vehicular Operation, etc.
- Vehicle License & Insurance Offenses
- Theft Offenses, including Robbery, Burglary, and other Theft Chages
- "White-Collar" Crime, including Theft by Swindle, Embezzlement, Check Fraud, and Public Benefits Fraud
- Identity Theft, False Reporting, Mail Fraud/Theft, Forgery, Bribery
- Fleeing Police, Obstruction of Justice, False Reporting, Interference with Police, and other Justice Offenses
- Damage to Property, Trespass on Private and Public Property, Arson
- Firearms Charges and 2nd Amendment Issues
- Hunting and Department of Natural Resources Violations
Property Forfeiture and Other Related Civil Actions
The government will often try to take your property, including your vehicle or other property alleged to be "involved" in criminal activity. Streff Legal can assist in civil actions related to criminal charges, such as forfeiture or impoundment of property, license revocation, or other civil matters. DWI charges beyond low-level 4th Degree charges will typically also involve a civil case. Vehicles or other property can be forfeited and taken by the State if allegedly involved in drug sales, fraud or theft, and very often in firearms, hunting, or Department of Natural Resources allegations. Unfortunately, unlike criminal cases where you must be found guilty by proof beyond a reasonable doubt, the standard is often very low for civil forfeiture cases. Usually the standard is "preponderance of the evidence," which just means it is more likely than not that you engaged in criminal activity. So, you can win at a criminal trial, but still lose your property. Seek attorney advise quickly, as forfeiture and other cases are often time-barred. You might lose your property if you don't file in a very short period of time, often as few as 60 days after the alleged offense.
WHAT STREFF LEGAL OFFERS
An attorney who will listen to you.
Your attorney speaks for you: in front of the judge and in front of a jury. You deserve an attorney who listens to you: an attorney who can help you tell the judge or jury about your side. Or, often, why the facts of the prosecution don't add up. You deserve an attorney who will spend time with you to help you understand the process and make the best decisions.
IF YOU ARE NOT A U.S. CITIZEN
If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may be at risk of deportation (removal) because of criminal proceedings. Here are the major "don'ts" if you're facing criminal charges:
- DO NOT take a plea without consulting an immigration lawyer
- DO NOT respond to questions from immigration authorities without a lawyer present
- DO NOT respond to questions from other law enforcement without a lawyer present
- DO NOT let any law enforcement into your home without a warrant
This includes U.S. Permanent Residents: you may lose your Permanent Residence from criminal charges. Find an immigration lawyer before you do anything that could cause problems for immigration, whether you have status or not. In most circumstances, YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO IMMIGRATION COUNSEL (though you do not have a right to free immigration counsel).