Frequently Asked Questions
Being charged with a criminal offense can be a frightening experience, and Cape Cod criminal attorney James Powderly knows that if you are facing criminal charges of any kind, you likely have a number of questions about your legal rights. As such, our legal team has compiled a list of frequently asked questions. We hope that the following questions and their accompanying answers are helpful to your particular situation. However, if your question isn’t listed below, or if you would rather talk directly to an attorney, please feel free to call us today at (508) 343-0676.
How are juveniles punished differently than adults?
Juvenile crimes, though they may in action be the same as adult crimes, are often punished less harshly than adult crimes. This difference occurs for several reasons, but might involve less strict financial penalties, less time spent in jail, avoidance of prison, and community service in place of harsher consequences. If a juvenile is facing criminal charges, hiring an experienced defense attorney can be a great comfort, and benefit, to the parents and juvenile alike.
Will I have to testify in court?
Some criminal defense cases will allow or require the defendant to testify in court, though you might also choose to plead the 5th, which refers to one aspect of the 5th Amendment, in which you can refuse to give testimony against yourself. Ultimately, whether or not you will need to provide court testimony comes down to the particular details of your case. The best way to prepare for your action in court is to discuss any of your concerns and expectations with your criminal defense attorney.