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Criminal Defense

Sheriff_Car1There’s nothing scarier than being arrested, and it is hard to imagine anything more devastating to your life, your family, and your job. The mere accusation of a crime can ruin lives, and the danger is only multiplied by the potential loss of money, property, and even your liberty.


You should never try to represent yourself in a criminal matter. Even a minor misdemeanor conviction can have serious repercussions on your job (especially if it requires any kind of licensing), your education, and your ability to expunge other convictions in the future. Even if you think you are guilty, you need professional assistance. Sometimes, it turns out that people who think they committed a crime did not do so. Prosecutors are also known to over-charge crimes, to push for harsher sentences than are appropriate, or to “overlook” Constitutional violations by the police. And, in many instances, there are diversionary programs that can prevent you from having a conviction on your record, even if you did commit a crime. Only an experienced attorney can make the assessments necessary to ensure that your rights are protected.



Shelton Legal Services represents clients in all of these types of criminal cases, and more:

  • Drunk Driving
  • Drug/Alcohol Offenses
  • Sex Crimes
  • Assault/Domestic Abuse
  • Computer Crimes
  • Weapons Offenses
At Shelton Legal Services, we represent clients in criminal cases ranging from misdemeanor “minor in possession” matters to felony sex crimes and murder cases…and everything in between. More importantly, we think beyond the narrow scope of “your case” and look at the “big picture”: how will this case affect your job, your reputation, your family, and your future…and how can we minimize the impact?


Most criminal cases are won and lost before the defendant even enters the courtroom. If you’ve been charged with a crime—or think you might be—you can’t afford to wait. Read our advice on what you should do, and contact us immediately. Initial consultations are always free.



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You’ve been arrested. Things are happening quickly and you don’t understand what’s going on. Now is the time to maintain your wits and stay calm. And whatever you do, don’t say anything to the police, even if you didn’t do anything. 
Find out why.


You’re charged with a crime. The maximum fine is $1,000. Your attorney says the prosecution’s case is weak, but it will cost $3,500.00 or more to try the case. Your first instinct may be to just take the deal because it’s cheaper. You’re probably wrong.
Find out why.

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