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If you have been accused of a crime, the decisions you make now can affect the rest of your life. An attorney who fully understands the facts of your case and who knows the law should assess the strengths and weaknesses of your defense. Attorneys at Groth & Associates are both skilled negotiators and successful trial attorneys. They each place great value in client communication and confidentiality, and maintaining the relationships they develop with clients and their families. They understand that matters surrounding criminal defense are often stressful, and they strive to provide a comfortable yet professional atmosphere in order to protect your future. Below, you will find some commonly asked questions regarding criminal law.

What's the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

Most states break their crimes into two major groups-felonies and misdemeanors. Whether a crime falls into one category or the other depends on the potential punishment. If a law provides for imprisonment for longer than six months, it is usually considered a felony. If the potential punishment is for six months or less, then the crime is often considered a misdemeanor.

If I am under criminal investigation am I obligated to give a statement to police?

Absolutely NOT!   You are entitled to remain silent. It may be against your interests to give any statement to the authorities. Legal advice from your own lawyer should be your first step.

If I am arrested, do I have to cooperate and give a statement at that time?

On arrest, it is crucially important to obtain legal advice before giving the police any statement about anything, including your involvement in the matter under investigation. Tell the police---I have a lawyer and wish to speak with him or her.

What is the "presumption of innocence?"

All people accused of a crime are legally presumed to be innocent until they are convicted, either in a trial or as a result of pleading guilty or no contest. This presumption means not only that the prosecutor must convince the jury of the defendant's guilt, but also that the defendant need not say or do anything in his own defense.