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Answers To Your Criminal Law FAQs

It is normal to have a variety of questions about the criminal justice system – especially if you or someone you love faces criminal charges. At Lombardi & Miler Law Firm PLLC, our knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys can respond to all your questions with thorough, accurate answers. On this page, you can read our responses to some frequently asked questions that we hear from prospective clients across Iowa.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?

A misdemeanor is the less severe category of criminal offenses. Misdemeanors can result in jail time of up to one year. Felonies, however, are more severe. A felony conviction can lead to one year or more in prison. It can also cost you your right to own a firearm, serve on a jury or even vote.

What is the process for filing an appeal?

Criminal appeals are complex, but the general steps are as follows:

  1. File a Notice of Appeal within 30 days of the verdict.
  2. Review transcripts of the trial.
  3. File the appellate brief.
  4. Present oral arguments in court.

After this, the appellate judge will either overturn the lower court’s ruling, affirm its ruling or remand the case for a new trial.

How much will an attorney cost me?

The price for a consultation with us is completely free. The rest of our fees depend on the nature of our services and how long your case takes. We keep our service cost-effective and provide transparent pricing for your convenience.

Do I really need a lawyer?

You have the right to work with a free public defender or to represent yourself. However, public defenders are often overburdened by heavy caseloads. The law is so complex that you should not try to handle your own defense. When something as important as your future is on the line, you need reliable representation from criminal law attorneys like ours.

Contact Us For More Information And Answers

These are probably only a few of the questions you have. You can ask our criminal defense lawyers more in person when you schedule a completely free consultation. To make yours, please call our West Des Moines office at 515-513-5324 or send us an email today.