In criminal proceedings, the only person on your side is your attorney. Having a run-in with law enforcement can be a frightening and embarrassing experience. It may also place your future at great risk. Criminal allegations or a conviction can affect your career and employment, not to mention educational opportunities and your reputation as a whole. You may find that personal relationships are threatened or even destroyed.
Depending on the nature and severity of your charges, you may face life in prison or other penalties that will impact various areas of your life: driver”s license suspension, heavy fines, probation, community service, court-ordered counseling and more. In all, this is a serious matter that may seriously influence your future.
As a former Douglas County Public Defender and a member of the Criminal Justice Act panel in Federal Court, Karen L. Vervaecke has represented defendants at every stage of criminal proceedings in County, District and Federal court.