Frequently Asked Questions

Yuma Arizona Criminal Defense FAQ

Will I go to jail?

Most criminal offenses include penalties of jail or prison time as a possibility if convicted, even a first DUI. Law enforcement takes an aggressive stance to fighting crime in the Yuma area, and the prosecutor will be determined to convict you. With odds stacked against you, it is vital that you get the support of a strong Yuma criminal defense lawyer immediately after your arrest, whether the charge is a misdemeanor or a serious felony or federal offense.

How do I choose a criminal defense lawyer?

There are important matters to consider when choosing a defense lawyer – how long have they been in practice, what is their experience in court, and do they have the talent to present a case in front of a jury. The presentation in court is of concern, as even a highly educated lawyer may not have the ability to present a compelling case in a manner that impinges on a jury, and exposes the “reasonable doubt” thoroughly. Our firm has decades combined experience throughout the courtrooms in the Yuma area and is very experienced in presenting cases in court on behalf of our clients.

What is the charge is only a misdemeanor DUI or drug charge? Should I plead guilty?

Never make these decisions without first consulting with an attorney from our firm. When you have a criminal record, even a DUI or minor drug possession charge, if you are arrested in the future it can affect the treatment of a subsequent charge, and increase penalties radically. Having a conviction for a drug charge or DUI on your permanent criminal record can affect your future employment as well as have negative impact on your finances related to car insurance, fines and other legal penalties. Your case should be reviewed by our legal team before you make a plea. Never attend a court hearing, arraignment, bail hearing or any other appearance in front of a judge without consulting with an attorney from our firm first to determine the best course of action.

What can the firm assist me with?

The legal team at Dwane Cates Law Group, P.L.L.C. provides high quality legal representation in any of the following types of criminal charges:

  • DUI
  • Drug Crimes
  • Federal Crimes
  • Probation Violations
  • Sex Crimes
  • Theft Crimes
  • Violent Crimes
  • Murder/Manslaughter
  • Assault & Battery
  • White Collar Crimes

Contact a Yuma Criminal Defense Attorney from our firm as soon after the arrest as possible.

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