After an arrest in the metro-Atlanta area, those facing criminal charges need reliable legal representation and counsel to avoid unjust punishments and receive fair sentencing. Though the next steps after an arrest may be unclear, the first phone call you should make in such a situation should be to ChancoSchiffer P.C. An experienced attorney can mean the difference between freedom and jail time, time spent in jail or prison, and the costs of exorbitant fines. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
A good lawyer can be a fantastic asset for anyone facing criminal charges, especially serious ones. A criminal defense attorney will work diligently to prevent his or her client from facing a trial. Sometimes, though, a trial is unavoidable. An attorney can poke holes in the prosecution’s case to insufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. While a public defender is always an option, they generally take many cases at once and may not have the same level of personal investment in your case as a private criminal defense attorney would.
For people facing criminal charges, defense attorneys help ensure punishment is fair and may even be able to bargain for reduced charges and/or minimal sentencing. They can also argue for probation, rehabilitation, community service, and/or other alternatives to prison time. Ultimately, it’s in the best interest of anyone facing criminal charges to secure legal representation from a reliable defense attorney as soon as possible.
It’s possible to avoid the trial process entirely with help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Although a wrongfully charged defendant can hope for an acquittal, the litigation process is time-consuming, expensive, and stressful. A criminal defense attorney who is truly on your side will work diligently to defeat wrongful charges, so the defendant can avoid going through a trial. Some defense lawyers will act during the pretrial communication phase to clear up any misconceptions about his or her client. In some cases, talking to the lead investigator in a criminal matter or the arresting officer can help clear the air and avoid a lengthy and expensive trial.
While this may work in some situations, it’s vital to realize that this won’t be a feasible option in every case, and defendants should prepare to face trial. Most people facing wrongful charges of criminal activity will try to establish alibis to prove they did nothing wrong. However, the burden of proof rests on the prosecution, and it’s up to the prosecutor in any case to bring clear and convincing evidence of the defendant’s guilt.
Felonies in Georgia include the spectrum of cases in which the punishment range is one (1) or more years in confinement. This encompasses a broad spectrum of offenses such as aggravated assaults, aggravated battery, false imprisonment, aggravated stalking, robbery, murder, arson, rape, theft, forgery, identify theft, burglary, pimping, sexual misconduct upon a child, Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act (VGCSA), and computer crimes. Each of these offenses has their own specific factors, aggravators, minimums and components.
Mistakes made early in the process, well intended or not, can destroy your opportunity for an acquittal. Statements and actions made at or around the time of arrest can inadvertently implicate you or a loved one. The State will use every tool they have to prosecute someone they suspect of wrongdoing, and don’t think the State will not go after someone just to pressure them to cooperate.
The criminal justice system was not built to assist the accused. It was built to assist law enforcement in their duties and to protect the Government and the People. If you’re currently facing a felony charge in the state of Georgia, it’s best you seek legal advice from an experienced team of lawyers to best help your case. If you’d like a free case evaluation with one of our Atlanta attorneys, call (404) 842-0909 or fill out a contact form online.
When a prosecutor does not have sufficient evidence to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the trial will likely end in dismissal. While several possible factors may complicate this, it is ultimately up to the prosecution to build a strong case. In some situations, doing nothing is the best defense, and a defendant and his or her attorney must simply wait until the prosecutor comes to terms with the fact the evidence necessary for conviction is lacking.
When a case moves to trial, a defense attorney may secure a dismissal for his or her client in several ways. If any illegally seized evidence led to the charges, the defense can file a pretrial motion to suppress the illegally collected evidence. If this happens, or if the defense wins in a preliminary hearing, the prosecution may decide not to re-file the charges and drop the case altogether.
The defense attorneys at ChancoSchiffer P.C. are available to residents of the Atlanta area who face criminal charges. We work tirelessly to protect our clients’ constitutional rights throughout the legal process and have extensive experience with a wide range of defense cases. Contact our criminal defense attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.