Frequently Asked Criminal Defense
A conviction can have far-reaching repercussions on your life whether it’s a misdemeanor or felony conviction. At Ortega & Ortega, PLLC, we know that the stakes are especially high in criminal defense cases. That’s why we move swiftly to combat the charges.
If you have been arrested or charged with a criminal offense, it’s likely that you have questions about your case. Read our answers to frequently asked criminal defense questions below. Then, arrange your private consultation to discuss your situation with an experienced lawyer at our Phoenix firm.
Do I really need to work with an attorney for a misdemeanor offense?
Misdemeanor charges may be considered “lesser offenses,” but there is nothing insignificant about the impact that they could have on your future. When a misdemeanor conviction is recorded on your criminal record, it may be seen by potential employers or landlords. Having a record could eliminate you from the pool of job applicants or tenants or disqualify you from holding certain jobs.
Keeping your record clean can strengthen your job options and allow you to retain your professional license if you have one. When you hire our firm, we will carefully investigate the circumstances surrounding your arrest and determine whether a plea agreement is in your best interests.
Is marijuana legal in Arizona?
Yes. However, adults may not buy this drug for recreational purposes until March 2021 at the earliest. Adults with prescriptions for medical marijuana may purchase this drug through an approved dispensary.
If you are pulled over for driving under the influence of this drug, you can still face charges. As with alcohol consumption, you will need to use this drug responsibly.
Can I refuse a chemical test if I am pulled over for a DUI?
In Arizona, you can refuse to give a urine or blood sample to test for alcohol testing. There are many drawbacks to refusing to comply with the officer’s request, however. Your license may be suspended immediately. If the officer has a warrant for the sample, you will need to provide one.
How can a criminal record affect my immigration status?
Whether you have a green card or a nonimmigrant visa, it’s very important to remain on the right side of the law. It is not rare for noncitizens to be deported after an arrest or even after having been convicted of a misdemeanor offense.
If you or a loved one is concerned about getting deported for a criminal matter, please contact our firm right away. Our attorneys will explore all options to get the charges dropped so that you do not have this threat hanging over you.