Criminal Defense

Working with a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with a crime, it is extremely important to contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. You have a limited amount of time to build your defense before your case goes to trial, so contacting an attorney immediately gives you the best chance of building a strong defense.

Criminal defense attorneys handle many different types of cases, so you will get the benefit of your attorney’s knowledge and experience working in the criminal justice system. At the Law Offices of Richard A. Beshwate, Jr., we handle all criminal matters, including all Federal and State charges.

Drug Charges

Many prosecutors and judges are tough on people accused of drug crimes. As a result, a conviction for this type of offense often comes with a harsh sentence. If a law enforcement officer sees you using drugs, or you are searched after a traffic stop or arrest for another offense, you may be charged with drug possession or possession of drug paraphernalia. People caught with large quantities of drugs may be charged with drug distribution or trafficking, which are serious offenses. Hiring a criminal defense attorney gives you the best chance of winning your case or convincing the prosecutor to charge you with a lesser offense.

Theft and Fraud

A theft or fraud charge may be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the value of the property involved and your criminal history. If you have been charged with stealing cash, jewelry, automobile parts, or any other property, it is important to hire a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Fraud is when someone uses criminal deception for some kind of gain. An example would be submitting a false claim to an insurance company. A conviction for this type of crime may make it very difficult to obtain future employment, so it’s important to work with a skilled criminal defense attorney.

Homicide & Murder

Richard A. Beshwate, Jr., Attorney at Law, has successfully handled many of the Valley’s largest criminal trials, including several capital homicide cases, special circumstance murder cases, gang killings, and death penalty matters.

Assault & Battery

If you have been charged with assault and battery, your attorney will work to uncover information that could help you win your case. It may be possible to prove that you were defending yourself against an attack or show that you were not involved in the crime. Having a criminal attorney gives you a better chance of winning your case and staying out of jail.

White Collar Crimes

A white collar crime is typically committed for financial gain. Examples include tax evasion, embezzlement, and money laundering. Depending on the amount of money involved, the penalties for a conviction can be quite serious. It is important to retain a criminal defense attorney quickly because any mistake you make early on can strengthen the prosecutor’s case and make it more likely you will be convicted. Protect yourself by hiring an attorney who has experience defending people accused of white-collar crimes.

There are many other types of criminal charges, from arson to kidnapping. If you are charged with a crime, the best way to protect yourself is to hire a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will gather evidence, talk to witnesses, review case reports, and do everything possible to improve your chances of a positive outcome.

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Areas of Practice

  • Murder
  • Assault and Battery
  • Weapons Charges
  • Fraud and Embezzlement
  • Drunk Driving and Traffic Offenses
  • Sex Crimes
  • Drug Cases
  • Theft and Burglary
  • Parole Violations and "Lifer" Hearings

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