You’ve been arrested and charged with a crime. You made bail. You have a date on which to return to court for further proceedings – whatever they are? Is this a serious problem? What are the potential consequences of these charges? What happens next? What should I do?
We always recommend consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney, in order to find out the answers to these questions, as well as the many others you probably haven’t even thought of yet. The criminal justice system becomes more complex, and more dangerous all the time. You are probably just the “next notch” on the handle of some young deputy district attorney’s gun. The District Attorney’s policies on prosecuting various cases varies widely, depending on the county you are in. You need to know whether to proceed with plea negotiations – Do I just take the offer the DA is offering to me, or do I take the case to trial? What do I need to consider in order to make that decision? Before you make any decisions – call and discuss your case with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys and former prosecutors. Don’t try this one on your own. Your future depends on getting this one right.
Your due process rights include:
- The right to remain silent
- The right to an attorney
- The right to a fair and public trial
- The right to an impartial jury of your peers
- The right to be heard in your own defense
- An automatic presumption of innocence
- Protection against self-incrimination
An experienced defense attorney can advise you:
- What the prosecutor must prove in court
- Whether your Miranda rights have been violated
- Whether you should accept a plea offer or go to trial