One of the biggest mistakes you can make is waiting until days before your court date to hire a criminal defense attorney. During the pre-filing stage, in which witnesses are interviewed and evidence is gathered, one of three outcomes may occur:
- Charges will be filed against you
- Investigation will end and charges will be dropped
- Investigation will be continued and charges will be reviewed
When an attorney gets involved in a case early, during the investigation phase, they may be able to get the charges dropped or lessened—two options that are preferable to having charges filed against you.
How An Attorney Can Help
An experienced criminal defense attorney will go on the attack as soon as possible, by talking to witnesses, gathering information and poking holes in the defense’s case. This can be done by:
- Sending an investigator out to survey the crime scene and interview witnesses.
- Analyzing the evidence against you to develop a strong defense and weaken the prosecutor’s case.
- Shielding you from police questioning.
If an attorney notices that there isn’t enough evidence to support the prosecution’s case, they may push to have the charges dropped. If dropped charges aren’t feasible, an attorney may be able to persuade the prosecution to file your charge as a misdemeanor instead of a felony, which could potentially get you out of jail time.If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact our Weston criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Kevin F. Moot immediately. The sooner you retain our services, the faster we can work on behalf of your defense. Contact us today and start exploring your options.