Criminal Law

Criminal Law or penal law involves prosecution by the government of a person for an act that has been classified as a crime. It is the body of statutory and common law that deals with crime and the legal punishment of criminal offenses. Here at Bartlett & Weigle we can help those wrongfully facing criminal charges by fighting for your legal rights, arranging for bail, representing you in court, and handling negotiations with the prosecution for reduced charges or a lighter sentence.

Criminal Law deals with but is not limited to:

Felonies- If you or a loved one has been charged with the commission of a felony crime, no matter how minor the case may seem initially, it is critical that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. Our attorneys are familiar with felony case law and can help you to understand the specific charges and their potential repercussions. Facing a felony court case can be overwhelming, but Bartlett & Weigle can help you to make crucial legal decisions to obtain the optimal outcome.

Controlled Substances- Facing criminal drug charges is a serious business. Penalties and long-term negative consequences can be severe. Drug charges such as delivery or distribution are often prosecuted in federal court and may carry mandatory prison sentences. Even a first-time conviction for simple possession may carry serious penalties – not to mention the long-term negative consequences of carrying a conviction for drug charges on your criminal record.

DWI- In every state a DWI is a very serious crime, and becoming convicted of a DWI has serious consequences. A DWI means driving while intoxicated (alcohol and/or certain drugs), and being intoxicated impairs your ability to safely operate vehicles. Although DWIs are the most encountered offense in courts, it is often difficult to defend. Over the years DWI laws have become stricter with fewer exceptions. In addition, devices to test blood alcohol to assess DUIs have become more sophisticated and more accurate. If facing a DWI charge, contact Bartlett & Weigle, and let one of our experienced lawyers represent you.

Felony Theft- A felony theft charge is considered a serious offense which is punishable by more than one year of incarceration. In general, theft crimes involving the threat or use of force and/or a weapon are considered felony offenses. While white collar crimes are typically non-violent crimes, this type of theft is often regarded as a felony crime. In addition to serving jail or prison time upon conviction of a theft crime, the offender may also be required to pay a fine, serve a probation or parole term, or perform community service.

Weapons- Conviction for a criminal weapons charge can have serious negative consequences – depending on the circumstances of your case and the circumstances under which the police discovered the firearm. If you are facing criminal weapons charges, it is critically important to get early help from a criminal defense attorney. You need to fight criminal weapons charges as early as possible and as strongly as possible

White Collar Crimes- Many white-collar crimes are felonies, which carry lengthy prison sentences. Since employers routinely conduct background checks of prospective employees, a felony conviction can also make it nearly impossible to get a job. Few employers would consider hiring someone who has a conviction for fraud, embezzlement, or any other white-collar crime. To preserve your freedom and future, contact Bartlett & Weigle and let us fight for you.