criminal law

Being arrested and facing criminal charges is a stressful & emotional experience.
Here at Zawisny & Zawisny, P.C., we have fifteen years of experience representing clients facing charges of assault, burglary, drug possession, shoplifting, DWI, homicide, rape and robbery charges. We understand what you are going through and realize the crucial steps needed to help you get through this very difficult time.

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It is important to know your rights, obligations and consequences which stem from an arrest. Below you will find information which will help you understand your situation.


A criminal conviction has both immediate consequences to one’s freedom as well as long term consequences. A criminal conviction may affect one’s ability to find employment, including but not limited to inability to work for the federal, state and local government, as well as obtaining school financial aid.

For those living in the United States as permanent residents or illegally, a criminal conviction may leads to deportation, inability to obtain a green card, loss of green card or the ineligibility to one day become a citizen. It is crucial to work with an attorney who has both criminal and immigration experience as most criminal convictions lead to an immigration hold and deportation. Here at Zawisny & Zawisny, P.C., we specialize in cases of client’s facing both criminal and immigration penalties and understand the importance of quick actions. We make your case our priority. Furthermore, consequences of each arrest vary based on the charges:

Felony Charge:
Is an offense which is the most serious crime category. Felonies are divided into five classes: "A", "B", "C", "D", and "E". An "A" felony is the most serious, and an "E" felony is the least serious. The class determines the permissible sentence and prison terms in excess of one year that may, and sometimes must, be imposed. Examples of felonies are robbery, burglary, grand larceny, sale of narcotics, and murder.

Misdemeanor Charge:
Misdemeanors are offenses for which a term of imprisonment of 15 days to one year may be imposed. Misdemeanors are divided into two classes: "A" and "B." The maximum term of imprisonment for an "A" misdemeanor is one year and the maximum term for a "B" misdemeanor is three months. Examples of misdemeanors are shoplifting, trespassing in a building, and jumping a turnstile.

Iis an offense carrying the lowest sanctions. Although they are penal in nature, violations are not defined as crimes. The maximum term of imprisonment is fifteen days.

Is a conditional dismissal of a case pending law-abiding behavior by the defendant.