From the moment you are arrested, every decision you make is critical. Every choice could have a lasting impact on the rest of your life. A criminal conviction has ripple effects that can extend beyond jail time, probation and fines. Even a misdemeanor record can appear on a background search made when applying to college, for employment, a loan or even an apartment. Questions can arise years after a case is over. For example, clients are often faced with applications that ask whether they have been arrested, convicted and/or whether they have ever entered any type of diversion program. Nicole M. Cotton, P.A. can help answer these questions.

Time is of the utmost importance after an arrest. There are often deadlines that require action. The decisions you make in the days following your arrest may dictate avenues of attack available to the criminal defense attorney that you ultimately retain to represent you.

If you have been accused of a crime, the legal process can be scary and confusing. At Nicole M. Cotton, P.A., we understand how overwhelming the process can be. We will explain the process to you and help protect your rights. We provide free consultations in the office or over the phone to discuss pending charges after an arrest or during a criminal investigation.