Felony Defense

Arraignment
The first step in the court process is arraignment. The purpose of arraignment is to give you formal notice of the charges against you. If you appear without an attorney, the Court will explain your rights and give you time to retain an attorney or determine if you qualify for an appointed attorney from the Public Defender’s office. If you retain us to represent you, we will be at the arraignment to protect your rights, receive a copy of the Complaint and the police report, and schedule further proceedings. If the charge against you is a misdemeanor, we can appear for you, and you may not even need to appear. If you have previous convictions for DUI, the judge may be inclined to remand you into custody. We will work with you before the arraignment to develop a strategy to keep you out of custody.
 

 Preliminary Hearing
If the charge is a felony, you will be advised of your right to a preliminary hearing (probable cause hearing) where the prosecution will have to present evidence that will prove to the judge that there is probable cause to believe you committed a felony. If probable cause is established, you will be “bound over” for trial.

 

 Pretrial Conferences
At the arraignment, the Court will set a time for your next appearance at a pretrial conference. At the pretrial conference, we will meet with the prosecutor to discuss a possible resolution to your case. Many cases resolve at this stage of the proceeding through a negotiated plea agreement. Depending on the facts of your case, we can also file motions to suppress evidence that may result in the case being dismissed.

 

 Trial
If the case does not resolve during the pretrial conferences, it will be set for trial. Here, experience, skill, and preparation are paramount. We begin preparing for trial from the moment we meet with you to discuss your case. If, after considering our analysis of your case and your own individual goals, you decide to go to trial, we will aggressively and skillfully defend you in court.

 

 Sentencing
If you accept a plea agreement or are convicted at trial, we will work to provide you with the best possible sentence outcome. Depending on the facts of your case, we may argue for probation with no-jail time, alternate sentencing programs, work-release, electronic monitoring, reduced fines, or delayed turn-in dates.