Frequently Asked Criminal Defense Questions
Will you win my case?
While we cannot guarantee results, nor can any attorney legal or ethically do so—we urge you to review our case results and testimonials listed on this site. Our goal is always to produce a favorable outcome. Ekeh Law Firm can guarantee that we are passionate about working hard for our clients and we never take for granted to the opportunity to advocate for those we represent.
What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
A misdemeanor can range from Class C to Class A (Class A being the highest), the punishment can range from a fine to imprisonment. A felony can range from a state jail felony to a 1st degree offense (1st degree being the highest crime), the punishment can range up to a life sentence or death.
What is the difference between a state charge and a federal charge?
A state charge is the result of breaking a law that was put into place by the state and are typically punishable in jail or state prison. A federal charge is one that is the result of breaking a federal law that was put into place by the federal government, these crimes are typically punishable by confinement to federal prison.
What is an indictment or an information?
An indictment is the written statement of a grand jury accusing a person of a felony offense. An information, on the other hand, is a written statement filed presented on behalf of the state by the DA for a misdemeanor offense.
What is the grand jury?
In the state of Texas, typically, a grand jury is a group of 12 people who are called to listed to the facts of the case and determine if there is probable cause to charge the accused.
I have a warrant out for my arrest. What do I do?
You need to retain an attorney immediately! Your attorney will be able to find out more information—what the warrant is for and will be able to assist you with any questions regarding your bond. After legal advice, you may still be required to turn yourself in but having spoken with an attorney first, you will have more information on the process and if you have the money to cover bond, your attorney may be able to assist in expediting the process for you. If you do not have the funds, your attorney will still be able to keep you informed of your rights as they work to get you a favorable outcome.
Myself or my loved one has been arrested. What now?
You need to contact an attorney immediately. We will advise you of your rights. The person who has been arrested will probably be taken to jail where they will eventually see a judge who will set bond. This normally takes place within 24-48 hours. After that, you can find a bail bondsman who will accept 10-15% of the bond amount. If you are able to do this, you will eventually be given a court date where you will need to answer for your charges. Your attorney will help you through the bond process, possibly even arguing to reduce your bond. They will also prepare to defend you in your next court appearance. Again, promptly after the arrest, your attorney should be your first contact!
Does the jail record the calls? Can I say whatever I want?
Be very careful with the discussions you have with family members and friends while they/you are in jail. Your phone call is not private and could be used against you in court. You should always assume that the DA will hear your calls and that law enforcement is listening in.