FACT:
“More time for the same crime.” Research demonstrates that Hispanics receive harsher jail sentences than Non-Hispanic when charged with the same offense.

"Some criminal charges can send you to jail for 20 years! Your little boy will be driving a car by the time you come home. Even a minor shoplifting arrest can gravely affect the rest of your life. There is no such thing as a simple criminal case. You should never just plead guilty and accept punishment. Because you made a confession admitting to the allegations, doesn’t mean you have to go to jail. There are roads we can take and motions we can file to prove your rights have been violated. Don’t let your inability to speak English be used against you. Even illegal residents are protected by the Constitution. Rule #1 Never give a statement to the police. Rule #2 Every case can be fought. The first question on every job application is ‘Have you ever been convicted of a crime?’ A conviction can NEVER be removed from your record. Don’t ever sign your name on any court papers unless you know everything has been done to protect your future."

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There are two different categories of criminal charges; FELONIES and MISDEMEANORS. Although felonies certainly carry more severe penalties, including lengthy jail sentences, in the present judicial climate all offenses must be vigorously defended. Possible legal defenses include:

  • Motions to Quash Arrests
  • Motions to Suppress Evidence
  • Motions to Suppress Statements
  • Motions to Dismiss

Being victorious at any one of these proceedings often results in damaging testimony or documentation being excluded from evidence and forcing judges to throw cases out of court. Today, the most tragic problem facing Hispanics charged with criminal offenses is the lack of knowledge. Even minor arrests can result in permanent marks on your record, as well as lawful residents losing legal status and risking deportation. These situations can be avoided by consulting with a lawyer who understands the consequences of criminal convictions before accepting plea agreements.

 
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