Criminal law includes government, city or state, prosecuting individuals who have committed crimes from misdemeanors to felony cases in State and Federal Court.

FAQ – We can help you with answers to your questions, including:

  • When do the police need a warrant to make an arrest?
  • If I’m arrested, do the police have to “read me my rights”?
  • Will a judge dismiss my case if I was questioned without a Miranda warning?
  • How heavy-handed can the police get when asking questions?
  • What is the best way to assert my right to remain silent if I am being questioned by the police?
  • Wouldn’t longer sentences mean less overall crime?
  • Is there a way to punish a criminal before he actually commits the crime he is planning?
  • Are all illegal drugs treated equally when it comes to punishing drug dealers?
  • Can a person be guilty of drunk driving if he or she only had one drink?
  • What is the role of the federal government in criminal law?
  • Are grand jury proceedings secret?
  • Are there special crimes to control children’s behavior?
  • What is the difference between probation and parole?
  • How does a district attorney decide which criminals to charge?
  • What is the difference between rape and sexual assault?
  • Can only businesspersons be charged with white collar crimes?
  • What does it mean to “post bail?”
  • Who decides how much bail I have to pay?
  • How do I pay for bail?
  • Are there restrictions on how high my bail can be?
  • What can I do if I can’t afford to pay the bail listed on the bail schedule?
  • How soon can I appear before a judge?
  • Is driving over the speed limit a crime?
  • Do people convicted of the same or similar crimes receive similar sentences?
  • What factors do judges use in determining sentences?
  • Can I be charged with DUI/DWI for driving after taking drugs?
  • What will happen if I have more than one DUI/DWI conviction?
  • Should I get an attorney if I have been charged with DUI/DWI?
  • Who decides how the criminal justice system works?
  • What’s the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
  • What is the “presumption of innocence?”
  • What is a search warrant?
  • What does it take to get a search warrant?
  • Do the police always need a warrant to conduct a search?
  • When can a defendant win an acquittal on grounds of insanity?
  • What happens if a defendant is judged “incompetent to stand trial?”
  • Can a defendant go free because he was drunk or high on drugs when he committed a crime?

Getting Started

ACW Law has talented lawyers waiting to help you with your criminal defense issues. Please contact:

Robert Creager
Craig Wittstruck
Tom Lamb
Amie Martinez
Jon Braaten
Teresa Richards