Criminal Defense Attorney
A criminal defense attorney is your best hope when facing heavy fines or prison time. Time is a critical when charged with a serious crime, your attorney will need to gather evidence, testimony, and more, ensuring that the evidence remains intact and testimony is fresh on witnesses' minds.
A felony is a criminal offense punishable by one (1) year in jail or more. Felonies range from Class A to Class E, Class A, is the most severe. A misdemeanor is defined as a criminal offense being punishable by eleven (11) months and twenty-nine (29) days or less. Misdemeanors range from a Class A to a Class C.
A preliminary hearing occurs in General Sessions Court. At this hearing, the accused does not testify and the government has the burden of proof. DA's office must establish probable cause; that a crime was committed, that the accused most likely committed it, and that the crime occurred in the county in where the case is being heard. In the event that there is a chance your case could be a jury trial, a preliminary hearing will help you. The reasoning is the “said hearing” is recorded by the Court, the government’s witnesses are under oath and must testify as to the charges against the accused. Many times this is the only opportunity that your lawyer has to “lock” the witnesses into a particular set of facts.
When you retain Doug Aaron as your criminal defense attorney, he will build the strongest possible defense and work to ensure that your side of the story is heard by the court.