Criminal Law: A body of rules and statutes that defines conduct prohibited by the government because it threatens and harms public safety and welfare and that establishes punishment to be imposed for the commission of such acts. The term “criminal law” generally refers to substantive criminal laws, which define crimes and may establish punishments.
Crimes are usually categorized as felonies or misdemeanors based on their nature and the maximum punishment that can be imposed. A felony involves serious misconduct that is punishable by imprisonment for more than one year. Most state criminal laws subdivide felonies into different classes with varying degrees of punishment. Crimes that do not amount to felonies are misdemeanors or violations. A misdemeanor is misconduct for which the law prescribes punishment of no more than one year in prison. Lesser offenses, such as traffic and parking infractions, are often called violations and are considered a part of criminal law.
Hewson & Van Hellemont, P.C. is dedicated to providing superior criminal defense representation. Our team of former prosecutors successfully has tried countless cases to verdict. Whether our clients face misdemeanor or felony charges, our criminal defense attorneys have the experience and tenacity to get results.
We represent individuals accused of:
- Traffic offenses
- Drunk driving
- Drug crimes
- Theft and property crimes
- Cyber crimes
- Weapons offenses
- Domestic violence
- Assault and other violent crimes
- Sexual assault and criminal sexual conduct
- White collar crimes
For those individuals who have already been convicted, we offer post-conviction services as well, including:
- Defense of parole and probation violations