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Protecting Clients’ Rights for Over Two Decades

Studies show that by age 23 nearly one in three people are arrested in the United States. If you have been arrested, many things are running through your mind, like whether the charges will stay on your record or what you need if you have to go to court. You don’t have to figure out these things alone. Our compassionate team of attorneys understands how stressful criminal charges can be. We provide hands-on legal counsel backed by over 20 years of experience in and out of court.

Call the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard at (254) 220-4225 to find how we can advocate for you.

What Is the Difference Between a Charge and a Conviction?

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A charge is the formal accusation that someone has broken the law. This term specifically addresses the crime committed, like robbery, assault, DWI, etc. In other words, someone can have a DWI charge, but that does not include the penalty for a DWI or an official criminal conviction.

A criminal charge does not sentence or convict someone of a crime; it is simply the accusation. Sentencing does not happen until after the jury and judge have agreed to convict the person accused of a crime based on the evidence presented to the court. Once someone is convicted of a crime, the judge passes sentence. The sentence usually contains information regarding the punishment for the crime.

Sentences can include the following penalties:

  • Probation
  • Fines
  • Short or long-term incarceration
  • Restitution
  • Community service
  • Drug or alcohol rehabilitation

Misdemeanors typically result in either fines, probation, community service, rehabilitation, or a combination of several of these punishments. Felonies are more serious criminal convictions, and the penalty for felonies can range from long-term incarceration to life in prison.

How Does a Conviction Affect Your Criminal Record?

An understandable concern for those charged or convicted of a crime is whether or not it will go on their permanent record. Criminal records can make applying for jobs difficult because most employers use background checks on prospective employees.

Background checks usually identify convictions, not charges. Some programs can reveal pending criminal investigations, but the main goal of a background check is to look for misdemeanor or felony convictions.

You also have the option to remove a crime from your record through expunction. This deletes the offense from your record. Once removed, the crime is no longer available to the general public, which includes employers.

You qualify for expunction if you have been:

  • Acquitted
  • Convicted but found innocent
  • Pardoned
  • Charged but the case was dismissed
  • Arrested but never charged

Texas requires that you wait between 180 days to one year to expunge a misdemeanor and three years for a felony.

Remember that if you have been charged with a crime, you have not been officially convicted. It is critical that you consult our attorneys if you have been arrested and/or charged.

Helping You Every Step of the Way

Our attorneys understand that being charged with a crime can be disorienting. You are unsure about what will happen to you and how this will impact your life. We are here to help you with hands-on legal counsel backed by decades of experience.

The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard has helped thousands of clients with their criminal cases by offering honest advice and legal guidance through case reviews, custom strategies, and high-quality legal representation.

If you have been accused of a crime in Florence, contact our attorneys at the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard.

  • Free Initial Consultations

  • Track Record of Success

  • Highly Recommended

  • "Hands-on" Approach

  • Emergency Appointments

  • Military Discount

  • Honest Advice & Counsel

  • Thousands of Clients Helped

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