When you have been charged with a crime, it will be one of the most trying times of your life. No criminal charge is a small charge. A criminal charge has the potential to turn into a criminal conviction, and a criminal conviction can change the course of your life. Fighting a criminal charge from the moment of arrest provides your best chance at proving your innocence or getting the best possible deal.
Criminal Penalties in Kansas
The penalties for a criminal conviction in the state of Kansas, as in other states, vary depending upon the severity of the crime. Those crimes charged as misdemeanors carry potential jail sentences of up to one year, if they are Class A misdemeanors, and fines of up to $2,500. Crimes charged as felonies, on the other hand, carry minimum jail terms of one year, with terms extending up to life in prison for severe crimes or multiple convictions. Fines for felony convictions can extend up to $500,000 at the top level.
Effects of Criminal Conviction
While the prison sentences and fines are steep enough for criminal convictions in the state of Kansas, many people don't realize that the true impact of a criminal conviction extends far beyond the immediate consequences. Conviction for a crime can bar you from obtaining professional certifications, keep you from being hired in certain industries or by specific companies, and keep you from being accepted into some schools. A criminal conviction can impact your life for the rest of your life. That's why it is so essential to fight the charges against you from the get-go, so you can prevent a false accusation or one-time mistake from dictating your future.
Western Kansas Criminal Defense Attorney
When you have been arrested on a criminal charge, you need an attorney with experience in defending clients against such charges. Christopher A. Rohr is a criminal defense attorney based out of Colby, KS who has represented numerous clients charged with felonies and misdemeanors in the state, and understands what it takes to mount a good, effective defense. He serves clients all over Western Kansas.
If you're facing a criminal charge, you cannot face that criminal charge alone. Mr. Rohr will put his experience and dedication to work for you to help you fight the criminal charges against you from the moment of your arrest and through the criminal trial process.