FAQs

If you have been charged with a criminal offense, you are likely facing dozens of questions at once, wondering how to confront these charges and how much of an impact these charges will have on your life.

I am attorney Philip S. Barnett, and I provide the answers you need, as well as the information that will equip you to make informed decisions for your future.

For more information and to speak with a skilled attorney, please contact my law office today.

Why do I need an attorney?

As a United States citizen, you have the right to an attorney and legal representation. A skilled lawyer can help you navigate the criminal justice system and will fight to ensure that your rights are protected, as well as your future.

It is important that you have a lawyer you trust and whom you know will act aggressively on your behalf, making sure that you are fully protected. I have the experience and zealous representation that you need on your side as you face charges that could send you to jail.

Should I take a plea bargain?

It is not uncommon for criminal cases to end in a deal or plea bargain, where the district attorney minimizes charges after negotiation with the accused person's attorney. How good the deal is depends on the bargaining power and negotiation skills of your lawyer.

I am an experienced and veteran negotiator, having worked with local prosecutors and district attorneys since 1972. I have rapport with these individuals and will use my relationships to fight for the best possible deal in your case.

If an advantageous deal or bargain is not available, I will help you understand your options. You can be sure that I am prepared to take any case to trial and fight for my client.

Will these charges stay on my record?

It depends on what you have been charged with and convicted of. In some cases, the charge will drop off your record in time. In other situations, you may be able to seek an expungement. Still other times, the conviction is so great, it will remain on your record forever.

I will fight to minimize charges so that they have minimal impact on your record and your future.