What to do if facing a potential Class 4 felony charge?

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What to do if facing a potential Class 4 felony charge?

I’m 17 and have never been in trouble before. A friend took some of my prescription out of my purse and said that I tricked her into taking it. I am charged with a class 4 felony – delivery of a controlled substance. The county attorney had a conflict of interest turned it over to another one to review. We have not heard anything in the 3 weeks. Should we wait to see what happens or contact a criminal law attorney? In Buffalo County, NY.

Asked on November 6, 2010 under Criminal Law, Nebraska

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Yes you need to speak with a criminal law attorney ASAP.  Any time criminal charges are involved it is always advisable to have legal counsel, but especially in this case since you may be charged with a felony.  An experienced attorney may be able to deal with this before a charge is even brought.  If not they may be able to get the charge dismissed on a technicality or at least get it reduced.  What you need to do now is to find a lawyer that practices in the area where all of this occurred.  They will have contacts within the local court that they can utilize to your best advantage.  Until you do get an attorney, do not speak to the police (or anyone else for that matter) about this offense.


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