The Baxter Law Firm

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Criminal Defense

The principle of freedom which Americans highly prize is demonstrated in this nation’s commitment to the presumption of innocence in a criminal trial. In many other nations, the accused is presumed guilty until he proves his innocence or the government inadequately proves its case. Yet in the United States of America, the presumption of innocence requires the prosecution to prove its case against the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt to a unanimous jury before he would be pronounced guilty.

Under the U.S. Constitution, everyone accused of a crime has the right to a lawyer’s defense.  It is criminal lawyers who represent defendants in and out of court. They make several attempts to settle the case outside of court but occasionally, they must go to trial.  It is that willingness to go to trial that sometimes produces the best results of settling a criminal matter before trial.

If you have been charged with a crime, no matter how serious the charge, contact me and let me put my experience to work for you.

Getting You Out of Jail

If you end up in jail, an attorney can usually get you out. An attorney may also get a charge reduced or dropped, depending on the circumstances. You need explanations about various pleas and which one will work out best for you. Each one has meanings and consequences that an attorney should explain.

Traffic offenses can also be ominous. There are different degrees of violations, moving and non-moving. They can be added to your driving record and a second offense is not usually treated with leniency. Moving violations like speeding and reckless driving are generally more serious than lapsed licenses. Misdemeanors are not as dire as felonies, but if there are several, the cumulative results may be a problem. Car insurance premiums may also become nightmarish without legal assistance.

DWI/DUI Defense

DWI or DUI charges always result in the loss of your driver's license. This must be addressed immediately, which cannot be stressed enough, so that you can get a restricted license and drive to work, the grocery store and school. The court may even include church on a restricted license. If mistakes were made during the arrest or alcohol measurement breath test, an attorney can get a charge reduced significantly.