When you are charged with a crime, you need to know certain things before proceeding into the Glendale criminal court system. Whether the crime with which you are being charged with is a misdemeanor or a felony, you have certain rights which can save you.
You have the right to remain silent. Unfortunately this is a right that most criminal defendants do not use often enough. When they have their first encounter with a police officer, they feel the need to explain themselves and speak freely even though everything they say can be used against them later at trial. This is normal human nature and it usually creates a situation that the person being investigated wants to avoid.
Know this: the police are not your friends and they are not there to help you if you are accused of a crime. Their job is to arrest people and once you are being investigated, you can bet that they would much rather arrest you than let you go. It's the nature of their business. Whenever you are in a position where you are asked to speak to the police, do not agree to do so unless you have an attorney present. Many times it is not the physical evidence but the statements people make that do them in.
If you have already spoken to the police don't worry all is not lost. There may be ways to get your statement suppressed by the court if the police did not follow proper protocol when conducting your interview. Often times this is the case and an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you in this regard. We have been successful in achieving a dismissal or a reduction in charges just by virtue of the fact that a statement on of our clients made to the police was deemed improperly obtained.
This is your most important and invaluable right when facing criminal charges. Not only do you have the right to an attorney to represent you, but you also have the right to the attorney of your choice. This means that the court or the prosecutor cannot make you take the attorney that they choose for you such as a public defender or a court appointed lawyer. Those attorneys, while usually experienced, do not have the time or the desire to give your case the attention it deserves. This is usually because they have too many cases to deal with to give any one case individualized attention.
In any case there are always certain points that can make the difference in whether the outcome is to your satisfaction or not. Only a qualified, experienced defense attorney can spot these moments and exploit them to your legal advantage. At the Sigal Law Group, we pride ourselves on our ability to "sweat the details" of a criminal matter and find even the slightest weakness in the prosecutions' case to use to our clients advantage.
Once your case begins, the prosecution has to proceed with your case in a manner so as to give you the right to have your case heard before an impartial jury or judge within a reasonable time. This right was established by the United States Constitution to keep the government from jailing persons that have not yet been convicted of a crime for an unreasonable amount of time.
What does that mean to you or your loved one facing criminal charges? It means that the prosecutor has to either proceed forward with your case or drop the charges and release a defendant from jail if he cannot proceed.
This time frame that the constitution establishes creates an opportunity for an experienced criminal attorney to exploit when the time comes. It is the prosecution and not the accused that has the burden of proving their case in a criminal matter and often times their case revolves around having witnesses available. These witnesses may not be available when it comes time for a trial. Realizing and exploiting this can lead to an acquittal or having charges dropped or reduced. This is merely an example of how experiencecan make all the difference in your case as there are many avenues and loopholes which can lead to a successful outcome.
The key is having the right attorney next to you when going through what is a very difficult experience.
You have a right to see all of the evidence that will be used against you when and if your case goes to trial. This is a crucial right that must be utilized in order to get a fair trial. In addition to physical evidence, you have the right to have your attorney confront and cross-examine any witnesses against you, including police officers. The art of cross examination against a hostile witness is something that an attorney has only from extensive court room experience. This experience is invaluable to you when your life and freedom may be at stake. With decades of trial and court room experience, the attorneys of the Sigal Law Group bring with them the confidence you need and must have in an attorney.
Don't hesitate! Contact a Glendale criminal defense lawyer from the Sigal Law Group today to schedule your FREE consultation.