Criminal DefenseBeing charged with a crime is one of the scariest things that can happen to a person. When you are charged with a crime you need to find an attorney who specializes in this type of law. Unlike personal injury or other types of law, if you lose you may go to jail. The Pisanchyn Law Firm and its attorneys have handled tens of thousands of criminal law cases.
Normally, the first thing that happens when you are involved in the Criminal Justice system is a Police officer gets involved. Remember, if a Police Officer is asking you questions he is most likely looking to charge you or someone around you with a crime. The best advice is that you should never speak to a Police Officer about the facts of the case without consulting an attorney first.
If you are charged with a criminal offense, the next thing that happens is you will be brought in front of a magistrate. This is called an informal arraignment and you have no right to an attorney at this stage. The magistrate/judge does not care if you committed the criminal offense; they only are there to determine the likelihood of you showing up to the court proceedings. The magistrate/judge sets bail. If you make bail you stay out of jail if you do not then you will have to sit in jail until you are bailed out.
Within 10 days the Court will set up a Preliminary Hearing. At this time you are entitled to an attorney. This is one of the most important hearings. It is also one of the best times to plea-bargain or in other words, plead guilty to some charges in exchange for other charges to be dropped. At the preliminary hearing the Commonwealth has to prove by prima-facie evidence that a crime was committed and you committed it. Prima-facie is about 50%. Remember, your case can be dismissed at this hearing unless the case is bound over by the magistrate/judge which means that there is enough evidence for your case to advance to the next level. You are not found guilty but your case will now proceed to a jury trial.
Before a trial takes place you have the right to file an omnibus pretrial motion. These are motions that can get your case dismissed and/or suppress evidence etc… After this hearing, if your case is not dismissed, it will then proceed to a jury trial. At that point a Jury will have to find you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If they do then you will be sentenced, if not you are set free.
Now that you know the steps or procedure of your case you can hopefully be a little more at ease. There is absolutely no substitute for a solid criminal defense attorney. From the time you contact us you will see that we will treat you with respect and believe in your innocence. The Pisanchyn Law Firm and our attorneys can honestly pledge to you, without any equivocation, we will represent you skillfully, compassionately and aggressively.
We will give you your options and the most likely consequences of those options. You then pick what course you want to pursue and we will then work toward that goal. Remember, the initial consultation is free; after that we do require our fee to be paid in full up front and we normally do not take payments. Avoid Jail time contact us immediately!
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