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Omaha Criminal Defense Attorney

Experienced, Award-Winning Legal Representation in Nebraska

If you or someone you know is being investigated or has been charged with a criminal offense in the greater Omaha area, you will likely be facing life-changing decisions. Depending on the nature of your alleged crime, your future could bring jail or prison time, heavy fines, lengthy probation, and other penalties issued by the court. These can affect your job, your personal relationships, your freedom, and future opportunities. Your best asset in fighting back is the legal representative you choose to defend you.

Arrested? Under investigation? Call Scarff Law Firm at (402) 267-9774 to schedule a free, initial consultation about your legal situation today. Or contact us via our online request form.

The quality of your defense lawyer can mean the difference between a case dismissal or a conviction. That is why we urge you to turn to Scarff Law Firm where you can rely on an aggressive and skilled Omaha criminal defense attorney. Attorney James Scarff has earned recognition for his excellence as a Top 40 under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers as well as a Lawyer of Distinction 2020. He brings an abundance of legal experience to your case and is always fully invested in fighting for your best outcome.

Types of Criminal Offenses

Our firm handles the following types of criminal cases:

Misdemeanor & Felony Charges in Nebraska

There are two main types of crimes in Nebraska: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are considered less serious than felonies.

However, a conviction for a misdemeanor can result in jail time, fines, and other serious criminal penalties. Additionally, having a misdemeanor on your criminal record can make it difficult to obtain employment and housing.

The following are the classes of misdemeanors in Nebraska and the associated penalties:

  • Class I misdemeanor – Punishable by a maximum jail term of one year and a fine not exceeding $1,000

  • Class II misdemeanor – Punishable by a jail sentence of up to six months and a maximum fine of $1,000

  • Class III misdemeanor – Punishable by maximum jail term of three months and a fine no more than $500

  • Class IIIA misdemeanor – Punishable by a jail sentence of up to seven days and a maximum fine of $500

  • Class IV misdemeanor – Punishable by a maximum fine of $500

  • Class V misdemeanor – Punishable by a fine not exceeding $100

  • Class W misdemeanor – Punishable by a maximum jail term between 60 days and one year and a fine ranging from $500 to $1,000, depending on the defendant’s criminal history.

While a Class I misdemeanor carries a jail term of up to one year, felonies are punishable by more than a year in prison. A felony conviction can also lead to the loss of your gun rights and voting rights.

The classes and penalties of Nebraska felonies include:

  • Class I felony – Death penalty

  • Class IA felony – Life imprisonment

  • Class IB felony – Prison sentence between 20 years and a life sentence

  • Class IC felony – Prison sentence between a mandatory minimum five years and a maximum 50 years

  • Class ID felony – Prison sentence between a mandatory minimum three years and a maximum 50 years

  • Class II felony – Prison sentence between one year and 50 years

  • Class III felony – Prison sentence between one and 20 years, as well as a maximum fine of $25,000

  • Class IIIA and Class IV felony – A maximum five-year prison term and a fine no more than $10,000

The Importance of Your Legal Representation

The consequences of a criminal conviction can be far-reaching, affecting every aspect of your life. It can be confusing and difficult to navigate the criminal justice system with its varied laws, caselaw, procedures, and legal language. Because of this and because your future is too important to risk, you should not depend on an untested, overworked, or lazy attorney.

An effective defense attorney can take many actions on your behalf, from analyzing your case for potential weaknesses in the prosecutor’s evidence, to helping you obtain bond for release from custody, counseling you on how to avoid incarceration, helping you seek alternate sentencing or programs that will avoid a conviction, helping you seek work release if you are facing jail time, negotiating with the prosecutor for a plea bargain, and mounting an aggressive defense at trial to help you seek a dismissal, acquittal, or other positive result.

Our defense attorney will help you understand all of your options and the defenses available to you. We will do everything possible to help you achieve the best possible outcome based on the facts and circumstances of your case.

Talk to a seasoned trial lawyer about your case today. Contact us at (402) 267-9774 to get started and before you discuss your case with anyone else.

Case Results

Fully Invested in Obtaining a Positive Outcome
  • Aggravated DUI with Drugs Charges Reduced
  • Felony Possession Charges Reduced
  • First Degree Sexual Assault Case Dismissed
  • First Degree Domestic Violence with a Handgun Case Dismissed
  • First Degree Domestic Violence Charges Reduced
  • Aggravated DUI Charges Reduced
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  • “I was facing serious charges and he helped me feel better about it as soon as I met with him.”

    - James F.
  • “I am sincerely grateful for attorney James Scarff and recommend his services with the highest regards!”

    - Susie B.
  • “I couldn’t have asked for a better person to handle my life at such a difficult time.”

    - Michele S.

Why Choose Scarff Law Firm?

Hire an Attorney Who's Fully Invested
  • Success at the State Supreme Court Level
  • Versatile Experience in Multiple Practice Areas
  • Dedicated to Getting the Best Possible Outcome
  • Work Directly with Attorney James Scarff