Frequently Asked Questions

Criminal Defense in Lafayette

Is a conviction public record?
Yes, misdemeanor and felony convictions are public record; however, it is possible to have the conviction cleared from your record with an expungement.

What are the differences between a misdemeanor and a felony?
A misdemeanor is sentenced by a maximum one-year sentence in county jail. Felonies, however, are punishable by prison sentences of at least one year up to lifetime sentences and possibly the death penalty.

How long does trial take?
A misdemeanor trial may take anywhere from one day to two weeks, but a felony trial could take up to a year to complete.

What type of sentence will I receive if I am convicted?
The judge presiding over your case will decide on your sentence based on the circumstances surrounding your arrest, your past convictions, and criminal history. From fines to community service to imprisonment, sentences range depending on the specifics of your case.

If I am going to plead guilty, do I still need to retain an attorney?
Even if you are planning on pleading guilty to your charges, you need to speak with a Lafayette criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Without an attorney, your sentence could be much harsher than if you have an attorney who is able to negotiate a lesser charge or lighter sentence for you. You have a right to legal counsel and do not need to admit guilt until Attorney Guillot discusses all of your legal options with you.

Interested in learning more?

If you need competent legal counsel in Lafayette, the Law Office of Katherine Guillot is ready to help. Call Attorney Guillot and her experienced team today at (337) 534-4539 to schedule a free consultation to discuss the details of your case.

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