Mr. Solomon has handled all sorts of felony charges: drug trafficking, theft, child support (nonsupport), serious assaults, robbery, assault on police officer, fleeing and evading police, burglary, etc.
Having an attorney when facing felony charges is crucial:
- Are the felony charges correct? Am I being overcharged?
- My bond seems high. How do I get the court to lower it?
- Do I insist on a preliminary hearing on my felony charges?
- Is the plea offer fair?
- Do I go to trial?
- What about sentencing?
These crucial issues should be explained to you by your felony defense attorney in a way you can understand.
This is equally applicable to misdemeanor or felony charges: What is a deferred judgment (D.J.)? A deferred judgment is where a defendant admits guilt to a charge but delays sentencing to a far off date usually measured in years (2-5). The term of the DJ is conditioned on the defendant completing steps to ensure the government that he/she will not do these acts again. Often classes like anger management, theft, or family counseling is required. Also, if the defendant cost any party money or destroyed property, the government will insist on the defendant paying restitution to the victims. a DJ is like probation, but with the added benefit of the possibility of avoiding a conviction if the defendant complies with these terms. If successful, the charge against the defendant can be sealed, and, therefore, not visibile on background checks.
The consequences of being convicted felon
If you are charged with a felony and accept a plea agreement with a felony charge, it is the same as being convicted at trial. A convicted felon is treated differently by the law and society:
- You cannot possess firearms. To do so is another felony.
- You are likely not eligible for government assistance, especially if the conviction was drug related.
- Any new charges will not usually get good offers to settle because the prosecutor looks differently on felons.
- Getting a job is harder because any background check will reveal a felony conviction.
- You cannot vote.