Depending on the nature of your case, my firm offers a variety of options in the handling and resolution of your matter. Those options include the following:
In the event you become the target of a criminal investigation, it is a good idea to consult with an attorney before speaking with law enforcement. Depending upon the nature of the allegations, it might be best to go ahead and hire an attorney to guide you through the process. A good defense attorney can provide you with advice about whether to talk to law enforcement, whether to take a polygraph, whether to provide law enforcement with information they may be requesting from you, etc. Depending upon the facts and circumstances, a skilled attorney may be able to prevent your arrests where the police dismiss the case or close the file.
In other instances, in the event of an arrest, an effective attorney may be able to have the arrest consist of a lesser or reduced charge. Bottom line, by not having an attorney involved in your case from its inception, there is an increased likelihood that you will give or provide law enforcement with damaging information that will be used against you for prosecution purposes.
My firm can assist you with obtaining or getting a bond set in the event you do not have a bond or alternatively, if you have a bond set that you are unable to make, my firm can file a motion to modify the bond terms in an effort to get a lower dollar amount or lesser conditions.
This is a hearing typically before the Magistrate Court to determine if there is enough probable cause for your case to go to the next level whether it be State Court or Superior Court. It is recommended that you always seek a Preliminary/Committal Hearing. This hearing gives you the opportunity to hear the bulk of the evidence against you. It allows you to set up trial strategy and lock witnesses into their testimony. Additionally, the magistrate judge has the power to reduce a charge and/or dismiss a charge.
My firm negotiates pleas so that you receive the least possible sentence. This could also include negotiating pleas to get a reduced charge or offense.
In this instance, my firm will go through court proceedings to challenge the legality of evidence or statements given by an individual, with the goal being to get the evidence thrown out or ruled inadmissible. In cases such as these, the prosecution may be unable to go forward with the prosecution of the case, and consequently, the case gets dismissed, reduced down, or a very generous plea offer may be extended by the prosecution.
You have the right to go to trial. A trial can be in two forms, which include a bench trial/trial by judge or secondly, a trial by jury. A jury trial in a felony consists of a panel of twelve (12) people who will hear all evidence and then deliberate to decide the client’s guilt or innocence. In a misdemeanor trial, the panel consists of six (6) people who will hear the evidence and then deliberate to decide the client’s guilt or innocence.
In this case, the client has already taken a plea and been sentenced in either a felony or misdemeanor case. The allegations in this proceeding consist of the client’s probation officer alleging that the client has broken the terms of probation and deserves to have his/her probation revoked. Punishment in these matters can come in a variety of forms, depending upon the nature of the alleged violation, number of violations, etc. Regardless, a client has a right to a hearing on this matter and to be heard on the issue of punishment.
If you have been arrested on suspicion of DUI, you need to be totally aware of what the ten (10) day rule could hold for you. Under the law, you could lose your driver’s license for a full year unless you schedule an administrative license suspension (ALS) hearing within (10) ten days. For more information on this topic, please see the Driving Under the Influence Section under Types of Arrest/Charge.