Under Rhode Island laws, a felony offense is any criminal offense punishable by more than one year in prison. A person convicted of a felony offense also faces many barricades in everyday life, from difficulty getting a job to the potential loss of your right to vote! Felonies are serious offenses in Rhode Island that can have devastating consequences for your future. If you have been accused of a felony offense in Rhode Island, it is vital that you have a criminal defense attorney who has felony trial experience and regularly handles felony-level cases.
All felonies are tried in the Superior Court through a trial by jury or, if you choose, a trial before a justice of the Superior Court sitting without a jury. There are many lawyers out there, practicing in criminal law, who have never tried a case before a jury. Don't get stuck with a lawyer like that as your defense attorney in the Superior Court. You need a lawyer experienced in picking a jury, talking to jurors, and one that is comfortable arguing your case before a jury. Also, experienced felony-level criminal defense attorneys usually have long-standing relationships with the prosecutors that can yield better results for your case.
Inman & Tourgee can boast two very talented criminal defense attorneys who have tried dozens of felony level cases to final verdict in the Rhode Island Superior Court. Both attorneys are former state prosecutors who know the playbook of the prosecutors that will likely be standing across the courtroom from you should you find yourself charged with a felony. They can advise you what to expect at every level in your case and they know the differences you are likely to encounter in the different counties and courtrooms across this state – information that will prove to be invaluable to you during our representation of you.
Don't let a felony allegation drag you down. Call us at Inman & Tourgee right away to discuss your options and have effective and zealous criminal defense attorneys at your side every step of the way!