Exceptional Criminal Defense & Civil Litigation in Oswego, New York

Don't let a simple mistake ruin your future. Turn to Mitchell Law Office in Oswego, New York, for exceptional criminal defense. We also provide civil litigation. Our attorneys practice in all courts, and we handle both trials and appeals.

Criminal vs. Civil Cases

Court cases comprise two broad categories: civil and criminal. Businesses and private citizens file civil lawsuits, usually to get the other side to pay money or stop doing something. Your credit rating may suffer if you lose a civil lawsuit, but you will not go to jail.

The government files the lawsuit when you are accused of a criminal offense. You may be required to pay a fine or go to jail if the jury finds you guilty. Furthermore, a criminal conviction can affect your ability to get a driver's license, find a place to live, or get a job.

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Types of Criminal Offenses

Many states group criminal offenses into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. A misdemeanor is a lesser offense, such as theft, and the punishment is typically less than one year in a local jail. Felonies are serious crimes, such as rape, sexual abuse, murder, and kidnapping, and offenders usually receive a sentence of more than one year in prison. Some states refer to criminal offenses in terms of degrees.

A fourth-degree offense, such as mischief, is less serious than a first-degree crime, such as murder. Infractions are the least-serious criminal offenses, which include vandalism and traffic violations.

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The Experience You Need

The law surrounding criminal offenses is complicated, and the facts of each case are unique. Call criminal lawyer Richard C. Mitchell Jr. when you have been charged with a crime. Attorney Mitchell has extensive experience in the field of criminal defense, and has served Oswego County since 1970.

A public defender will be appointed to you when you can't afford to hire a lawyer. However, if you want to hire a highly successful, criminal defense lawyer in private practice, Attorney Mitchell is your best choice.

The Experience You Need - Lawyer in New York
Contact us in Oswego, New York, to discuss your case and explore your options.
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