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If you’re in trouble with the law, looking at jail time or a major fine, it is best to hire a criminal defense lawyer in Richardson. A lawyer is not one to make promises; but he/she has the knowledge of the law, negotiating power, and experience to potentially lessen the punishment.

How can a criminal defense lawyer help?

Plea bargain and sentencing

criminal defense lawyer DallasIf your case is tried in court, your defense lawyer can propose a plea bargain to the prosecutor. A prosecutor is the person arguing on the side of the law, trying to validate a certain punishment. Through direct communication between the defense lawyer and the prosecutor, some charges could potentially be dropped, or the sentence could be reduced.

Sentencing can take many forms; jail time is not always one of them. Of course, the severity of the crime determines the sentence. If you are dealing with a drug or alcohol-related crime, it’s possible that your sentence will include a rehabilitation program. A program can prevent or minimize jail time. It’s also seen as a productive option that will guide individuals to overcoming a problem or addiction.

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From the start, your lawyer will have a plan on how to fight for you. It helps when you choose a lawyer who has plenty of experience, though, experience goes hand in hand with their fees. Regardless, lawyers go through years of education and training concerning a particular aspect of law.

You will be advised of any defenses for your case at the very beginning of the process. As court appearances occur, your defense lawyer will keep you up to date regarding your current situation and ongoing negotiations with the prosecutor.

Many legal hands will be played that you probably won’t be able to understand, but your lawyer is there for your own good. Trust between you and your lawyer is what’s the most important. Much of what goes on will be completely out of your control, but that’s why it’s important to trust your lawyer to defend you properly.

The alternative… representing yourself

You can read every criminal law book that exists, but defending yourself in court will still be difficult compared to having an experienced lawyer defending you. There is so much more to being a lawyer than simply knowing what the law is. Lawyers know that some laws have different interpretations. Therefore, they’ll be able to help you better if your case falls into an unfamiliar area of the law.

They are experienced in cross-examining witnesses, presenting evidence, and choosing strong information that will best help the defendant’s case. Lawyers also have resources that may reap great benefit in the outcome of a case.

For instance, a defense lawyer can hire investigators to investigate the crime and witnesses brought about by the prosecutor. Investigators can find information that is essential to the case and potentially give you the upper hand in your sentencing than if you were to represent yourself.

Also, prosecutors are much less likely to bargain with a defendant who is representing his/herself. Why? Because they don’t see eye to eye with defendants.


Types of Criminal Acts

Crimes can fall into many categories including felonies, federal crimes, misdemeanors and juvenile charges. The Kafor Law Firm represents people charged with all of these.

Federal Crimes

A crime reaches the Federal level when the U.S. Constitution is violated in some way. For the crime to be reviewed in Federal Court, it must be free of any state offenses. But if a crime violates Federal and State law, involved parties have to decide whether they want it to be tried in State or Federal Court. That’s one area where your criminal defense lawyer will come in handy.

Federal violations embody:

  • Drug Offenses
  • Medicare Fraud
  • Cyber Crime
  • Mail Fraud
  • Tax Evasion
  • Civil Rights Violations
  • Immigration Offenses
  • Bank Robbery

Types of Felonies

Capital- Life in prison without parole or the death penalty

Class 1- Life in jail or 5-99 years in prison; maximum fine of $10,000

Class 2- 2-20 years in prison; maximum $10,000 fine

Class 3- 2-10 years in state prison; maximum fine of $10,000

Jail Felony- 180 days to 2 years in prison; maximum fine $10,000


Hiring the Right Criminal Defense Lawyer

As you might understand y now, punishments range drastically depending on the level of crime that is committed. A defense lawyer is your route to a potentially less harsh punishment, or perhaps no punishment at all, depending on the circumstances. It is essential to hire a qualified defense lawyer when in trouble with the law. Some qualifications that you should look for in a defense lawyer…


Experience not just in years, but in practice. You need a lawyer that specializes in criminal law. He/she should have a lot of experience defending clients in court. The criminal defense lawyer should be familiar with local and state court officials. In some cases, look for familiarity with Federal court officials.

Choosing a lawyer is like choosing any professional service provider. Would you like for an unexperienced doctor performing a surgery on you? Would you rather have an experienced or inexperienced accountant doing your taxes? Chances are, you chose experiencd professionals. So why should a defense lawyer be any different?

Comfortable Communication

Before the process gets started for moving forward with your case, you will take part in an initial consultation with your lawyer candidates. This is a chance for a productive conversation with a lawyer candidate in gathering and understanding the details of your situation, determining defense possibilities for your case and establishing a plan of action.

An often-overlooked aspect of selecting a lawyer is the level of ease of communication. You will be spending a lot of time with your lawyer, whether it be in the courtroom or during meetings. So it’s important to have a lawyer who can update you in a timely manner on your case and explain the next steps to take. You need to be able to understand your lawyer; you don’t want to get confused and overwhelmed with law jargon that’s too hard for you to understand.


The Kafor Law Firm

Trust the criminal law experts at Kafor Law Firm to handle your case. We have the experience, we’re good at communicating and we know how to win!

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