Bossier Felony Charges Attorney
A criminal charge of any sort can be a stressful situation, but the charge of a felony can be especially terrifying. This is because felonies are the most severe crime classification, and therefore, bring about the harshest punishments. Without the right defense, felony charges can wreak havoc on one’s life, finances, and entire future. Choosing a highly skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney is the key to improving your chance at resolving a felony charge.
Felony charges are a serious matter, meaning you need serious representation. Louisiana criminal defense attorney Michael J. Vergis can provide you with the best criminal defense throughout the entire Shreveport and Bossier City area.
Louisiana Felony Charges FAQs
Louisiana law defines a felony crime as one in which a defendant may be sentenced to incarceration in state prison with “hard labor” or subject to the death penalty. Felony charges are often brought upon a person who has committed an act that resulted in personal injury, death, or property loss. Most crimes that are committed against another person, aside from those of simple assault, are generally considered felonies. Some specific types of crimes that may result in a felony charge include:
- First Degree Murder
- Second Degree Murder
- Violent Crimes (i.e. Aggravated Assault)
- Sexual Assault/Rape
- First Degree Robbery
- Battery of a Police Officer
- Third or Subsequent Offense DWI
- Certain Drug Crimes
The majority of states in the U.S. assign felony charges to a specific class or category that then determines their punishment. In the state of Louisiana, however, if the judge determines a defendant can be punishable by over a year in prison due to their crime, it will be considered a felony charge.
While a felony charge is determined based on whether the crime can be punishable by 1+ years in prison, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be. It simply means that the crime committed can be (and often likely is) punishable by over a year of imprisonment. The actual sentence may be anywhere from 0 days to up to a lifetime in prison, depending on the severity of the crime.
In addition to imprisonment, convicted felons also face hefty fines, probation time, community service, and hard labor. In more extreme circumstances, the defendant may also be subject to the death penalty. Outside of these penalties, certain constitutional rights will become restricted and the felony may remain on their criminal record forever.
Like we mentioned before, felony charges generally stay on a person’s record for the remainder of their life. However, there are ways that one may get around this. In Louisiana, an expungement of felony records may be provided 10 years following the completion of a sentence and ONLY if no other convictions (whether felony or misdemeanor) occurred within that time period. Further, the courts generally only allow an expungement of a felony offense to occur once every 15 years. To see if you qualify for expungement, call an experienced Louisiana expungement attorney such as Michael J. Vergis today!
Once a person has been charged with a felony, the next steps are crucial in determining how their future will look. The best way to get felony charges dropped is to hire a Shreveport criminal defense attorney as soon as you are arrested on these charges. The first thing your attorney will do is search for any grounds on which your case may possibly be dismissed before a plea or trial takes place. It is certainly possible that your defense lawyer can get your felony charges dismissed or otherwise reduced depending on what they are able to prove.
Attorney Michael J. Vergis will work diligently to provide a grounds for dismissal of your case. This may include any of the following circumstances:
- An illegal stop
- An illegal search and/or seizure
- Lack of probable cause to arrest
- Lack of evidence to prove you were responsible for the crime
- Improper criminal complaint or charging document
- The unavailability of a witness who is necessary to prove your supposed guilt
- The loss of evidence needed to prove your supposed guilt
Shreveport/Bossier Felony Defense Attorney
Only a qualified and experienced attorney like Michael J. Vergis can provide the criminal defense necessary to have your felony charges dropped or otherwise reduced. If you have been arrested under felony charges, do not speak to anyone until you have spoken with your lawyer. Attorney at Law Michael J. Vergis will do everything in his power to dismiss your case before it proceeds any further. If he is unable to do so, he will analyze your case carefully and prepare to defend you aggressively at trial.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a felony offense, don’t wait any longer. Contact an experienced Shreveport/Bossier criminal defense attorney today. To speak with Michael J. Vergis about your case, call 318-698-3724 or send us a message on the form below.