Whether you’ve been charged with a criminal offense, are being investigated by law enforcement, or are facing other serious legal issues, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed. You could be facing incarceration in prison or jail, harsh probation conditions, hefty fines, loss of employment prospects, or any other restraints on or erosion of your liberties. It’s even worse if you are facing capital charges in a state like Arizona, where capital punishment is a legal penalty. A conviction could mean losing not only your liberty, but your life as well.
When you’re facing criminal charges, the only thing that you can do is defend yourself, and defend yourself well. While you have the option to represent yourself in court, there is nothing smarter and more logical than getting the services of the best criminal attorney Phoenix can provide to take up the legal fight for you. If you’re charged with a crime in Arizona, Contact Lane, Hupp, and Crowley, PLC to consult with experienced a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer right away.
Know your rights
There is never a more important time for you to be fully aware of all your rights than when you are charged with a crime. The Constitution of the United States guarantees those rights, which include the following:
- The right to remain silent – Once you are accused of a crime, you will find yourself the subject of questioning either prior to or during court proceedings. You, the accused, have every right to refuse to give an answer or a comment, regardless of how intense the questioning can get. Generally, invoking your right to remain silent is invoking your right against self-incrimination as stated in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
- The right to counsel — According to the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, every criminal defendant has a right to have legal representation every step of the way, not just during criminal trials. Ideally, the accused should have a lawyer from the moment of his or her arrest, right through the appeals process if he or she is convicted. If the defendant does not have the means to get the services of a lawyer, the State will appoint one for him or her at no cost.
- The right to a trial by jury – Article III, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution and the Sixth Amendment explicitly states that anyone accused of a crime has a right to a trial by jury under most circumstances. A criminal defendant also has the right to a public and speedy trial. However, the offense must be serious to warrant a trial by jury. According to the Supreme Court, a trial by jury will only be held in cases where the offense carries a potential sentence of more than six months’ imprisonment. Petty offenses, on the other hand, merit a trial by judge.
Why you should hire a Phoenix criminal lawyer
The Constitution of the United States guarantees your right to counsel, particularly with its provision for appointing you a lawyer in case you can’t afford one. However, while court-appointed attorneys are generally capable of mounting a good defense for you in court, there are a number of reasons why hiring a defense attorney may still be the best option for you.
You have a choice when it comes to Criminal Defense in Phoenix
Once a court appoints a public defender to represent you, he or she will be your legal counsel right up to the end, unless your court-appointed attorney demonstrates neglect or incompetence like missing filing deadlines or appointments and therefore violating your right to adequate representation.
Getting the services of a private lawyer, on the other hand, means you get the chance to seek out a lawyer of your choice. You can do your own research and check out referrals until you find a lawyer that you believe can represent you well enough to get you a favorable result.
You will have a dedicated Criminal Defense & DUI Lawyer
Public defenders, in principle, should be committed to your case. However, considering that a typical court-appointed lawyer handles as many as 200 cases at any given time, it’s a possibility that not enough time and attention would be given to your case.
With private criminal defense lawyers, you can be sure that your case will be given the time and effort that it deserves. Using all resources and tools at their disposal, private criminal defense attorneys will thoroughly study your case and with your cooperation, come up with a defense that will give you your best chance of an acquittal, a dismissal, a favorable plea agreement, or a lenient sentence.
Below are a few examples of the types of Arizona criminal defense matters that we handle:
- Drug charges
- Weapons charges
- Aggravated assault
- Domestic Violence
- Aggravated DUI
Alex Lane, Jonathan Hupp, and Kevin Crowley founded Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC to provide smart and effective representation to all individuals and companies who are accused of crimes or who otherwise need a powerful advocate in their corner. The partners have over 35 years of combined experience defending clients in all types of criminal, regulatory, or administrative proceedings. So whether you’re looking for an Arizona DUI lawyer or an attorney that specializes in more serious criminal cases, you can be sure you will receive the kind of legal defense to which you are entitled.
At Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC, a partner will handle your case personally, unlike many other criminal defense firms in the Phoenix area. Clients of Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC therefore receive the individualized service that a sole practitioner offers, with the benefit of having other experienced criminal defense attorneys in the firm to consult with. With Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC, you will get the services of the best criminal or DUI lawyer Phoenix has to offer.
Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC
The partners Alex Lane, Jonathan Hupp, and Kevin Crowley have represented clients in Superior Courts, Justice Courts, City Courts, and Municipal Courts throughout the State of Arizona. We serve clients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Tucson, Glendale, Peoria, Avondale, Surprise, Goodyear, Buckeye, Apache Junction, Maricopa County, and Pinal County, among other jurisdictions.
The team at Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC is ready to put its considerable experience and resources to work for your defense and give you the best chance at an acquittal, dismissal, favorable plea agreement, lenient sentence, or other advantageous resolution of your case. Call the office at 480-562-3482 or send an email to discuss your matter or schedule a free initial consultation.