The Klebanoff Law Firm primarily serves Northwest Arkansas but is licensed to practice in the entire state of Arkansas and Federal courts regarding matters including but not exclusive to:
Felonies are crimes punishable by 1 or more years imprisonment; and, unlike misdemeanors, a person sentenced for a felony does his time in state prison instead of county jail.
If you or a loved one is facing felony charges you should consult an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. If you cannot afford a private defense attorney, the state will provide you with a public defender either free of charge or for a nominal fee.Public defenders have a bad rap that is usually undeserved. Many public defenders are excellent lawyers fiercely dedicated to their clients. Their problem is that they are overworked and under paid. Serving 150 to 200 clients at any given time makes it all but impossible to give any individual the attention he or she deserves. Nonetheless, a person facing felony charges is almost certainly better served with a public defender then no lawyer at all. Further, if you can afford a private criminal defense attorney, it is highly recommended that you investigate him first. A great many private lawyers seldom or never take cases to trial. As a result they lack the respect of prosecutors and seldom get good results for their clients. Prosecutors virtually always prefer to settle cases with a plea bargain, which amounts to a guaranteed win for them, than to roll the dice in a jury trial. This is where a proficient criminal defense lawyer can often force the state to dismiss or reduce charges if its case is weak.
A misdemeanor is a crime with a penalty of up to a year in county jail and a maximum fine of $2,500.00. Though not as serious as felonies, misdemeanors can nonetheless be serious crimes and should not be taken lightly.If you have a question about a felony, a misdemeanor, or any other legal issue, please feel free to contact my office.