Being arrested and charged with a crime can be an unfamiliar and frightening
experience. If you or someone you love has recently been arrested, remember
that just because charges have been filed, does not mean you are guilty
– you have the right to fight the government’s case against
you, and to have experienced criminal defense attorneys on your side when doing so.
At The Criminal Defense Team, our legal team – which includes
three Board Certified Criminal Law Experts – always encourages clients
who come to our firm during their times of need to ask questions and voice
their concerns. This is because we prioritize close-working relationships,
and want to ensure our clients understand their rights, options, and the
work we are doing to fight on their behalves.
Because we know the criminal justice system can be a confusing and intimidating
atmosphere, we want to help anyone facing allegations ask the right questions
when working with a defense attorney.
What are the potential penalties? – Understanding what’s at stake in your case can help you
take the appropriate steps in prioritizing what you need to do, such as
heeding the advice of your lawyer, taking certain actions they suggest,
and providing them with the information they need. If you case involves
aggravating circumstances, such as prior convictions, their insight can
also help you understand if you face elevated penalties based on the unique
facts of your case.
What should you be doing? – Depending on the nature of your case, there may be a number of
things you can do to help yourself and your attorneys. These include,
taking classes or getting treatment and counseling, gathering any evidence
and documentation you can and providing it to your lawyer, providing accounts
of what occurred during your arrest in as much detail as possible, recovering
any needed records, and more.
What are your options? – Because every case is unique, your available options for defense
and pursuing the most positive outcome possible are influenced directly
by the individual facts of your case. For example, your options for resolution
may involve challenging law enforcement’s conduct during your arrest
(such as an unlawful search and seizure), seeking diversion, exploring
a plea bargain, or taking your case to trial.
What additional expenses are involved? – Aside from discussing fees when retaining a lawyer, you have the
right to discuss the costs of any additional work that needs to be done
in your case. This may include working with third parties, such as experts,
who can provide evidence or testimony at trial to support your side of
Are there alternative sentencing options? – Depending on the charges you face, as well as the jurisdiction
where your case is being handled, there may be options for alternative
sentencing that keep you out of jail. These may include options such as
home confinement, diversion programs that entail drug or alcohol treatment,
work-release or work-furlough programs, and more.
Remember, this is your case and your future! You have every right to ask
questions and voice concerns to your attorney. At our firm, we encourage
clients to do so – and for anyone in the local communities charged
with a crime to bring their cases and questions to the attention of our
Noblesville criminal defense lawyers as soon as possible. Contact us for
a free consultation.