Successfully defending criminal charges requires that the attorney and client begin preparing at the earliest possible point in time because the Commonwealth has the advantage of time and the availability of resources. Therefore, you need to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately upon being arrested or charged. And, you need to immediately assert your right to counsel so that your kindness and candor can’t be used against you.
I have defended numerous kinds of cases, and each one was unique and required different strategy and tactics. And criminal cases begin in different ways. Some cases require an attorney to attend a preliminary arraignment from the arresting agency’s station in order to maximize the chances of release. Other times the client may have an outstanding warrant, which requires a coordinated turn-in and preparation beforehand in order to minimize the stress on the client and their family. Other times, the case will start with a citation or summons, and preparation before the initial appearance in front of a Magisterial District Justice is key.
At that initial appearance, you need to know which way to steer the case, which requires significant preparation with the client. Some cases can be disposed of, while other cases could qualify for diversion programs (e.g. ARD) if and only if you make the right decision at the District Court level. Other cases require facts to be elicited through a preliminary hearing, so that a record can be laid for subsequent litigation or trial.
If you or someone you care about are facing criminal charges you need to consult with an attorney now, so that you don’t find yourself alone in a courtroom facing a well-prepared Commonwealth’s attorney who does not have your best interest in mind and who can’t give you proper advice. The better way to handle it is to give me a call for a free consultation ahead of time because I have the experience to help you.
Here are some common events that I have experience with:
- Bail hearings
- Preliminary arraignments
- Preliminary hearings
- Diversionary programs
- Pre-trial litigation
- Post-sentence litigation
- Criminal appeals
You don’t want to take the risk of losing an opportunity to divert your case to an expungement track because you tried to handle your case yourself. Contact me to discuss your case today.