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CRIMINAL LAW FAQ

If you or someone you needs the legal counsel or assistance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer, please contact the Law Offices of Charles S. Mitchell at (901) 523-2929. We represent individuals from Memphis, Tennessee, the mid-south, and surrounding areas.

I have been arrested, do I need a lawyer?
Yes! The police are already preparing a case against you. You need me to fight for you! Even if you are nervous, scared, or if you have a lot to lose, you need a good criminal defense attorney that only the Law Offices of Charles S. Mitchell can provide. Contact us immediately at (901) 523-2929.

I am being investigated by the police, FBI, etc., do I need a lawyer?
Yes. Representation at an early stage in a case can increase the odds of no charges or reduced charges being filed. The Law Offices of Charles S. Mitchell can protect your rights during the investigation.

What types of criminal cases do you handle?
We exclusively practice criminal law. We handle every type of state criminal offense and all Federal criminal offenses. We handle all felonies and misdemeanors. See Legal Services for a more complete list of State Criminal Charges and Federal Criminal Charges.

I am afraid to talk about my case on the phone, what should I do?
Call (901) 523-2929 to set up a confidential office meeting.

I have been charged with a misdemeanor, do I need a lawyer?
Yes. All misdemeanors in Tennessee carry jail time. You need a criminal defense lawyer. Call us immediately.

Do you represent clients outside of Shelby County?
The majority of my representation in Tennessee State Court is in Shelby County, Fayette County, and Tipton County. I have also represented people as far away as Obion County to the north and Franklin County to the east. I have represented clients in Mississippi and Arkansas as well.

What type of people do you normally represent?
My office represents male and females of all races, nationalities, religions, and sexual orientation.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?
A misdemeanor offense is a crime that is punished by a maximum of 11 months and 29 days in the county jail. Felonies are more serious crimes which are punishable by one year or more. A felony conviction results in the loss of certain privileges you have as a citizen. For example a felony conviction will result in losing your right to vote, run for public office, and own a gun. If you are charged with either a felony or misdemeanor, call the Law Offices of Charles S. Mitchell at (901) 523-2929.

What is Bail?
Bail is the releasing of a defendant in exchange for money that the court holds until all proceedings and trials surrounding the accused individual are complete. Bail is to assure the defendant will show up for his or her court dates.

Cash Bail?
Cash bail means that the accused pays the full amount of bail in cash to the court clerk. Sometimes the court accepts checks or even a credit card. This money is returned to the defendant at the end of the case less money for fines and court costs.

Surety Bond?
Also called a bail bond, a surety bond is 10% of the bail amount and is paid to a bondsman. A bail agent is backed by a special type of insurance company called a surety company and pledges to pay the full value of the bond if the accused doesn't appear in court. Money paid to a bail bondsman is not refundable.

Do I need a lawyer at my arraignment?
The arraignment is where you first appear before a judge and enter a plea of guilty or not guilty to the offense charged. If you are represented by counsel, your attorney may attend your arraignment for you. If you are not represented by counsel, you must personally attend your arraignment. As in all serious legal matters, it is easier to assure your rights are protected if you are represented by the Law Offices of Charles S. Mitchell.

Are you familiar with immigration laws?
Yes. My office is highly-sensitive to the special needs of resident and non-resident aliens involved in the criminal justice system. However, our focus is Criminal Defense.

What are your fees?
Fees are based on a number factors including anticipated time involved in your defense/investigation, seriousness of the charged offense, and complexity of the potential trial issues. Call us at (901) 523-2929 to set up a consultation.

Where is your office located?
Our office is located at 246 Adams Avenue, just a block from the Criminal Justice Center and very close to the Federal Courthouse. For our office location and door-to-door directions, please visit our contact us.

Why choose the Law Offices of Charles S. Mitchell to represent me in a criminal case?
When you contact the Law Offices of Charles S. Mitchell, you receive personal attention from a qualified attorney. MR. Mitchell will work with you on strategies, potential defenses, and sentences for the offense charged. Remember, there is no charge or obligation for you to talk to us, so call (901) 523-2929 today.

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