Society places a big emphasis on a person’s past. When you have a violent crime charge pending, you might find that people don’t live up to the “innocent until proven guilty” standard that applies in the criminal justice system. Instead, many people think that if you are charged with a crime, you obviously did something to make the authorities levy those charges.
We know that this isn’t fair, but you can’t dwell on that point. Instead, we need to work on your defense strategy so that we can show that you shouldn’t be found guilty. Of course, there are times when you admit that you did the crime. In these cases, minimizing the penalties that you have to deal with might be in order.
There are three ways that criminal justice cases are handled. One is resolution through a plea deal. Another is determining the fate of defendants at trial before a judge or jury. The final method is through a dismissal of the charges. The vast majority of cases are resolved in one of the first two ways, with plea bargains being the most common resolution method.
We know that you might not want to think about how your life might change if you are convicted of a violent felony. But this possibility could motivate you to focus intently on your defense. It is also an important consideration since it enables you to plan for what might happen. We can work with you to figure out what options you have and how they can affect your current situation and your future.