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Richmond Hill Criminal Defense Lawyer

Former Prosecutor on Your Side

When facing criminal charges in Georgia, you are up against one of the toughest criminal justice systems in the United States, especially as it pertains to illegal drug crimes. When your future, your liberty and your family are at stake, you owe it to yourself to secure an equally formidable Richmond Hill criminal defense attorney. Prior to opening The Schneider Law Firm, the lead attorney Cris Schneider served with a high ranking criminal attorney in Atlanta for 10 years where he represented a number of high profile and celebrity clients. Once Cris Schneider relocated to Savannah, he switched gears where he began working for the District Attorney's Office.

At The Schneider Law Firm, you get to enjoy the immeasurable benefits of having a former lead trial attorney at the District Attorney's office for both Bryan and McIntosh Counties on your side. What's more, Mr. Schneider is also a known educator and speaker for prosecutors all throughout the state of Georgia. Since moving into private practice, he has been able to use his insight into the prosecution to help the criminally accused and their families find relief from the harsh criminal justice system.

DUI Defense Attorney in Richmond Hill, GA

The firm is focused on all types of criminal charges including all types of DUI offenses. When you are convicted of DUI in Georgia, you face the grim possibility of an automatic license suspension (ALS). Should you be arrested for DUI, you have just 15 days from the date of your arrest to schedule a DMV hearing. This is a critical hearing where the future of your driver's license is addressed, and if you fail to schedule this hearing within the 15 day time frame, then you forfeit your right to challenge your license suspension permanently.

When facing DUI charges, it's absolutely critical that you have an attorney represent you at both the DMV hearing and the criminal hearing. Only a skilled and knowledgeable lawyer will know exactly how and where to challenge the validity of field sobriety tests, breath & blood tests, as well as the legality of the traffic stop. DUI penalties vary according to the facts surrounding your case; for example, factors that will impact your penalties include: your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level at the time of the arrest, your criminal record, and whether or not you caused property damage, bodily injury or death as a result of the drunk driving. Whether you are facing charges for a first DUI offense, multiple DUI, underage DUI or felony DUI, the firm can provide you with excellent representation throughout the DUI process. With more than 15 years' experience in the field of DUI, lead attorney Cris Schneider is known as the "DUI Daddy."

Criminal Defense Representation: State & Federal Courts

Facing criminal charges is no laughing matter, but just because you are being charged with a crime doesn't mean that you are guilty of breaking the law. Unfortunately, these days' being innocent isn't sufficient enough to exonerate you or keep you from a life behind bars. If this were the case then there would be no such thing as false confessions or a miscarriage of justice. If you think a jury can't convict you on circumstantial evidence alone, you are mistaken. The attorneys at the firm are fully committed to upholding your constitutional rights and proving that you are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The firm is result driven and dedicated to searching for any flaws in the prosecution's case against you. It takes a meticulous and detail-oriented attorney to find such holes in a case, and sometimes the smallest detail can be the one to set you free.

The firm's criminal defense practice areas include misdemeanor and felony crimes in both the state and federal courts. If you have been accused of assault, battery or domestic violence, these are sensitive cases as there are often no witnesses to the crime in question. Many people facing assault or battery charges simply acted in self-defense, and sometimes this key fact must be proven by the defense.

The firm also represents clients in all types of drug crimes. Whether you are being accused of possessing an illegal drug or cultivating marijuana plants, the firm can help. They can also assist in cases involving drug paraphernalia, drug manufacturing, distribution, and trafficking. The penalties that you face for a drug charge will depend on the type of drug, the quantity and what you intended to use it for. In Georgia, the majority of drug crimes are felonies which can result in a lengthy prison sentence; therefore, you want an aggressive attorney fighting to reduce the penalties that you face at all costs.

If you are being accused of a sex crime such as rape, sexual battery, child molestation or an internet sex offense, you face the possibility of a ruined reputation and mandatory sex offender registration. Because so many innocent people are accused of sex crimes and due to the fact that many of these cases are on a "he said, she said" basis, it's critical that your defense attorney cross-examine witness testimony and challenge every piece of evidence against you.

When facing charges for a theft crime, how you are prosecuted (misdemeanor or felony) will depend upon the value of the item stolen, whether or not you used a weapon during the commission of the crime and your criminal record (if any). In this economy, it's not uncommon for good people to have a life-altering error in judgment, but that one little mistake can have a lifetime of consequence. You will need a good lawyer by your side, ensuring that your side of the story is heard loud and clear by the prosecution and the judge, and the right defense can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.

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The firm has extensive experience handling serious violent crimes including manslaughter and murder. They also handle all types of white collar crime cases such as identity theft, check fraud and embezzlement to name a few. Should you be facing charges for an internet crime, a criminal defense attorney from The Schneider Law Firm can zealously fight on your behalf. At the firm, their mission is always to put forward their greatest effort in getting their clients' charges either reduced if not dropped altogether! Schedule your confidential consultation with the firm today!

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