A Criminal Defense Lawyer-Thomas A Key

A Criminal Defense Lawyer-Thomas A Key Thomas A. Key is a criminal defense lawyer serving Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area, including Virginia and Maryland.

He handles all criminal cases, including: Drunk Driving (DUI) S*x Drugs Weapons Assaults Murder If you have been arrested, the key to your freedom is an experienced criminal defense lawyer. He has over 19 years of law enforcement and criminal law experience. He was a Law Enforcement Officer before he became a Chicago prosecutor. He handled thousands of criminal cases as a prosecutor before

switching to defense. He knows how prosecutors and police work together to build a case against you.

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If there is a warrant out for your arrest, and bail has been set, you can post bond without being arrested if you work through an attorney or bonding agent. Many law firms have the ability to post bond for you.


If you are arrested, be polite and civil with the police, and give them basic biographical information they request (name, address, date of birth). Beyond that, do not offer any information until you have received legal guidance.


An experienced DUI attorney knows what type of defenses have been successful in local courts and when it's possible to agree to a reduced charge to avoid having a DUI on your permanent driving record.


Cars are not the only vehicles in which DUI related accidents take place. Other common vehicles in which DUI accidents can happen are boats, motorcycles, bicycles and ATVs. Arrest for driving under the influence in these vehicles is still a serious matter.


Even minor offenses can have serious consequences if they are not handled correctly. Only an attorney knows what all the rules and options are for any given offense.


Although it can be tempting to choose the least expensive legal representation available when you didn't commit the crime you're charged with, this can lead to an inadequately prepared defense and, possibly, a conviction.


The concept of "Double Jeopardy" means that a defendant cannot be tried twice for the same crime by the same government. However, if the trial ends in a hung jury or mistrial, the defendant can be retried because there was not a final decision.


Remember, violating any of the terms of your probation can land you back in jail to serve the remainder of your jail time, plus any additional time for the new offense. These cases need the same level of representation as the original offense.


Even if you've been in your particular legal situation before, retaining legal counsel is still an important step. Laws vary by state and are always subject to change, so it's important to have a lawyer to stay current.


In the United States a person is considered to be drunk or intoxicated if his blood alcohol content (BAC) is more than .08 percent. Drivers under the age of 21 may be subject to arrest if they have a BAC as low as .02 percent.


If you are stopped for driving erratically and are under the suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, but are actually under the influence of drugs, the process is very similar. There may be additional penalties because drug are an illegal substance, but your DUI attorney can help you sort out the information.


Do you know the state with the fewest DUI arrests? In 2008, that was Delaware. With a population of nearly 877,000, there were only 215 DUI arrests in the entire state during the year, according to FBI statistics.


Remember, the justice system is not always perfect. Sometimes, the guilty go free and the innocent are convicted. Mounting the best possible defense can help you tip the scales in your favor.


One potential defense to a DUI arrest is to show that the policeman did not follow all required procedures. Your DUI attorney will likely investigate whether that angle applies to your case.


When you're accused of a crime you did not commit, it can be a scary and confusing time. Retaining legal counsel is the best way to ensure your rights aren't violated and the matter is quickly resolved.


A plea of "no contest" (nolo contendere) is not an admission of guilt, but a statement that you do not contest the charges. However, it does empower the court to impose a sentence.


DUI and DWI can be classified one of two ways: a misdemeanor or a felony. The circumstances during the arrest can weigh heavily on how the incident is classified. If there is a small child in the car, for instance, punishment may be harsher.


The witnesses called to testify on your behalf can affect the outcome of your trial. To get the best possible results, remember to make a list of everyone you think can testify for you, as well as those who might testify against you.


A person's height and weight are among the factors that determine how many drinks it takes for a person to get legally drunk. However, experts say many people become legally drunk after just three 12-ounce beers.


The prosecutor is the attorney who represents the local, state, or federal government in a criminal case. It is his or her responsibility to prove the guilt of the person charged with the crime being tried.


The arraignment is the first step in the criminal process. The accused appears in court after being served with a criminal complaint or an indictment, is formally charged, and enters a plea.


Sometimes the best defense in a DUI case is to plead guilty to a lesser charge, such as reckless driving, if local officials accept the plea. Ask your DUI lawyer whether pleading guilty to a lesser charge is a good idea in your case.


When you speak to a lawyer, he or she is bound by attorney-client privilege to never discuss your case with anyone, even if later you change attorneys. Because of this, it is imperative that you are completely honest with your attorney.


It's important to remember that tampering with evidence in a criminal trial can cause major problems. In some states, this can include trying to conceal or destroy any evidence that may make you appear guilty.


When you're creating documentation for us about the events leading up to your arrest, remember to include all details. The details you think are insignificant can end up being critical for us.


Although you have the right to represent yourself in court, it's usually not a good idea. Even seasoned attorneys on trial for a crime can benefit from what their defense team brings to the table.


While there is no specific count of DUI lawyers in the country, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says there were 762,000 total lawyers in the United States in 2008.


DUI charges are determined by the breathalyzer test. If the breathalyzer test is refused, a blood test is later administered. If drug use is suspected, a urine test is usually administered as well.


The rights afforded to you by the US Constitution are there to protect you - especially when you're being falsely accused of a crime. There's no reason not to evoke your right to silence and defense counsel.


If you are pulled over by police, don't think that refusing to cooperate with the field sobriety test will help you in the long run. Most states now have laws that call for extra fines and jail time if you refuse to take a breathalyzer test.


Some estimate that DUI arrests can end up costing a driver up to $20,000. The costs associated with the arrest are court costs, fines, car damage, medical costs, property costs, bail cost, increased insurance premiums and lawyer costs.


No matter how guilty you may be, do not go before the judge without your attorney - you are just asking for the maximum penalty. The rules of the court system are such that only an attorney can successfully navigate them.


When you know someone may give damaging testimony about you on the stand, it's natural to want to leave them off your witness list. Including them on your list with information about why they would testify against you can help us build your defense.


Do not give information to the police, other than who you are, even if they promise to go easy if you cooperate. Police are not empowered to make deals. Wait until you receive legal advice.


Deferred judgment and deferred adjudication are two types of deferred resolution to a charges and each has different conditions. Your attorney will discuss the differences and make a recommendation as to which one is better for your situation.


Washington D.C., DC

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Tuesday 8am - 6pm
Wednesday 8am - 6pm
Thursday 8am - 6pm
Friday 8am - 6pm


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