Criminal Defense

Getting arrested is already scary enough. Add facing criminal charges to the mix and the situation can become really unnerving. Being accused of even an arguably small crime is a very serious matter. Even simple misdemeanors require legal representation in order to be handled in a manner that works in your favor. Whether you received a traffic ticket or were incriminated for an offense like theft, drugs, or murder, you want to make sure you have an attorney in your corner who you can trust. Your criminal defense lawyer should not only be experienced and passionate about the job, but should also have your best interest at heart.

At Rochelle & Associates, I understand how important it is to develop a trusting relationship with my clients. I believe that situations like this depend on true personal investment to see a successful outcome. That's why I take great care in getting to know my clients personally. When you decide to hire me for your case, you'll see that I'm fully committed to taking out the time needed to get to know you. Upon listening to your concerns, together we'll be able to pinpoint the goal and get a strategy in place.

If you were charged with a crime, but weren't convicted (meaning you were found not guilty) then that charge should not impact your current situation. However, prior convictions (meaning you were found guilty) can affect the outcome of your current charges. It really just depends on how the past conviction and current charge relate to one another. For example, if you were convicted of drug possession in the past and you're now facing another drug charge, it may be a felony instead of a misdemeanor.

Bail is the amount of money you pay to get out of jail. By posting bail, you're basically promising to appear in court. Bond refers to the conditions of your freedom. In other words, it's what you have to do or not do to stay out of jail between posting bail and appearing in court. For example, if you were charged with burglary your bond may be that you have to be on house arrest until your court date. These conditions should be noted and established at the time you post bail, which is why it's common to hear the phrase "bail-bonds" used together.

Failing to appear in court will land you in hot water with the bail bondsmen who got you out of jail and the justice system at large. A warrant will be issued for your arrest. It's a crime not to appear in court and it's punishable by up to two years in prison as well as up to $5,000 in fines.

You can visit to see if you have a warrant. Keep in mind, however, that the warrant isn't considered active until the judge signs it. If a warrant has been issued, but you have a court date, then the warrant won't be activated unless you skip court.

Yes, but with good reason. There are several factors that could be considered a good reason to appeal your case. Things like having an unreliable jury, legal errors, false evidence, new evidence, withholding information, and other factors can be good reasons to appeal.