When you’re charged with a crime, it can be one of the most trying times of your life. A criminal charge not only creates immediate, overwhelming stress, it can have a major impact on the rest of your life. Many schools won’t accept applicants with a criminal conviction, and convictions for certain crimes can bar you from employment in some industries. Since a conviction has such a long-term effect, it’s essential to fight a criminal charge from the very start, This means calling in an attorney from the moment of arrest to ensure your rights are upheld. By involving an attorney in the process early, you have the best chance of building a strong defense and fighting the prosecutor’s case against you.
Criminal Convictions in Mississippi
While some crimes are considered less serious than others, there is no such thing as a minor criminal charge. Even misdemeanor convictions go on your record if convicted, and, just like felonies, these may bar you from some industries and areas of employment. Felony convictions have an even more extreme and longer term effect. Along with the fines and jail time you may be required to pay and serve if convicted of a crime, it’s possible you may lose your right to obtain a professional license or to vote. Aside from some drug charges, a felony conviction can never be expunged from your record, meaning, in the state of Mississippi, a felony conviction never goes way. Fighting a felony charge from the beginning is the best way to keep a conviction off your record and keep a criminal charge from impacting the rest of your life.
Tupelo, MS Criminal Defense Attorney
When you’ve been charged with a crime, whether a felony or a misdemeanor, there is no time to waste in preparing your defense. You need an attorney with ample experience in defending clients against criminal charges who can provide you with the representation you need both in pretrial motions and in the courtroom. Robert Laher has years of experience representing those charged with felonies and misdemeanors in Tupelo and throughout Northern Mississippi. If you’re preparing to face the criminal court system, you can’t do it alone. Mr. Laher provides dedicated representation to help keep those charged with crimes out of prison, to prevent them from paying steep fines, and to keep a criminal conviction from impacting the rest of their lives.