Many people facing a criminal charge seek advice on how to avoid jail or
minimize consequences. It is often the case that there is much at stake
professionally and personally. The best advice I can give in such case
is to tell them to hire an attorney. What can an attorney do for you?
Work to avoid charges. If you have not yet been formally charged, an attorney can often work to
avoid the filing of formal charges. If the police are investigating you,
or if you are arrested, your attorney can give you a voice in the process
and try to help you avoid charges all together. Most cases go from the
police to a prosecutor who must decide whether to charge you. You will
want an attorney to advocate for you. In domestic violence cases it is
common that the alleged victim is cooperative in seeking to drop the charges.
An Orlando attorney can advocate for you and facilitate trying to get
your case dropped even before you are actually charged.
Maximize your chance for success. Even if you are charged, a good Orlando criminal attorney will find out
what evidence exists, scrutinize that evidence, and file appropriate motions
to suppress evidence or dismiss the case. This may lead to your case being
dismissed, or may get evidence suppressed, thereby improving your chances
at trial. Ultimately, even if the government’s case survives the
scrutiny and attack mounted by the defense, you will have a well prepared
attorney, who will have minimized the evidence that may be used against
you, if you elect to go to trial. This process often has the side benefit
of yielding the best possible plea offers, in case you don’t have
a desire to force the government into proving your case at trial. The
best way to avoid the consequences of a criminal charge? Hire an Orlando
attorney and prepare to go to trial. You can’t get a sentence if
you aren’t convicted. It is often the case that by preparing for
trial, your case may get dismissed or favorably resolved without ever
really needing a trial.