If I was arrested for a felony, will I be charged with one?

What you’re arrested for in many cases is not what you’re finally charged with. Normally the paperwork takes about 10 days to get from the police officer to the state attorney’s office and the assistant state attorney makes the final decision. A good lawyer gets in there during those 10 days and tries to convince the state either to drop the charges, the police officer just was wrong, or to change the charge. For instance, the officer arrested you for a felony, but maybe you can convince the state to drop it to a misdemeanor, and therefore those 10 days are critical in your representation.

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