Getting a Lawyer Early Could Prevent Charges From Being Filed at All
When someone is arrested, the charges are not necessarily formally filed. The state attorney performs an investigation to determine what charges he or she is going to file. Once the investigation is complete, the decision is made. If you have been arrested, you may have a short window of time before the charges are formally filed. Your criminal defense attorney can present information to the state to encourage either a no file, or the filing of something significantly less than what you were originally arrested for.
Early Representation Can Lead to Mitigation
In addition to communicating directly with the state attorney who is making the filing decision, a competent and experienced criminal defense attorney can assist you by providing you with a list of things you may be able to do in an effort to mitigate your case. For example, if you have been arrested for a domestic battery, our office may encourage you to do an anger management course.
Providing a certificate of completion to the state attorney who is assigned to your case can serve to encourage him or her to file something less than a domestic battery, such as a disorderly conduct. Of course, there are many other factors that contribute to the state’s filing decisions, such as whether there are injuries and whether the alleged victim wishes to prosecute.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Powers Sellers & Finkelstein, PLC will provide a free case consultation. We are experienced criminal defense attorneys who we can evaluate your case and advise you whether there are actions you can take early on to aid in negotiating the best possible outcome for you.
Powers Sellers & Finkelstein, PLC. is a full-service Clearwater criminal defense firm.
If you are in the need of assistance or for more information, please contact Powers Sellers & Finkelstein, PLC. at 1-855-PSF-FIRM or (727) 531-2926 for a free consultation and case evaluation.