Criminal defense attorneys deal with the issues surrounding an arrest, a criminal investigation, criminal charges, sentencing, appeals, and post-trial issues.
If you are reading this it is likely that a police officer, federal agent, or judge believes probable cause exists that you or a loved one committed a crime. I can help you deal with the substantive issues of the crimes. I also may help you before charges have been filed by a prosecuting attorney. This is done when someone believes he or she is being investigated, or is arrested.
You may hire me to help with counsel and representation dealing with police or other investigators. It also may be appropriate for me to perform my own investigation, and at times present exculpatory evidence that negates potential charges by the prosecutor.
I often spend a considerable amount of time reviewing all documentation to determine if the case can be won on constitutional grounds due to illegal conduct by the government.
If there are no constitutional violations, much of my work turns to trial preparation. Any proposed settlement agreement must be compared to the best judgment about the outcome after trial. I will usually discuss potential plea bargains with the prosecuting attorney, as an alternative to exercising the defendant’s trial right and other rights. Plea agreements, when made, can be characterized as either charge agreements (often involving a less serious charge), sentencing agreements (involving a lesser sentence), or both.