Criminal offenses are not taken lightly in the state of Texas. If you have been arrested for committing a crime, working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer is your best chance at getting your charges reduced or having a judge dismiss the case. Our law firm has been helping individuals navigate their criminal cases for decades, providing legal advice that helps them to keep their criminal record clear and their freedom. Contact us today for a free consultation with our law group.
Getting Charges Dropped or Dismissed
The first way your attorney can get the charges against you to be reduced is by having them dropped or dismissed. These are two different processes that end with the same result: one or more of the charges against the defendant are removed.
One way your attorney could have a charge against you dismissed is by proving that the way the evidence against you was gathered goes against the rules of evidence and is thus inadmissible in court. A way they could have the charges against you dropped is by showing the prosecution that they can’t prove one of the charges against you. If the prosecution knows they can’t prove the charge, they’ll be pressed into dropping the charge.
If the charges against you are dropped or dismissed, you won’t be faced with those particular charges any longer. Experienced defense attorneys know how to spot the opportunities to have charges dropped or dismissed.
Reducing Charges—Plea Deals
Even if your attorney can’t have the charges against you dropped or dismissed, he or she may be able to have them reduced. One of the most common ways this is done is through a plea deal.
One of the big secrets about the legal profession is that trials are rare. Most lawyers negotiate a plea bargain before the case ever gets to trial.. This is because court cases (and especially jury trials) can be risky and unpredictable. An unexpected jury decision can end a case in ways none of the lawyers involved could have predicted.
This means prosecutors are often willing to offer plea deals prior to trial. In a plea deal, the defendant agrees to plead guilty to a lesser charge than the one that was originally filed against them, in exchange for having the more severe charge dropped. If the prosecution has a weak case, a better plea deal may be possible. If their case is strong, the prosecution may be reluctant to make a good offer, and your attorney will need to try to convince them to do so.
A plea deal allows the prosecution to have a guaranteed guilty plea, and it allows the defendant to have a lesser sentence, and often a lesser charge, than they would otherwise risk facing. An experienced attorney knows the procedures and processes to make a plea deal happen.
What to Do if You’ve Been Arrested
If you’ve been arrested on a criminal charge, the most important thing is that you avoid incriminating yourself. Tell the police that you won’t talk until you’ve had a chance to speak to your attorney. If you don’t already have an attorney, find one you can trust, and do it quickly.
The right attorney can make all the difference in having charges reduced, dismissed, or otherwise changed. This means the right attorney will give you the best possible chance of having your whole case dismissed, receiving a mitigated sentence, or being found not guilty of the charges against you.
Even if you think the charges against you are “minor,” don’t run the risk of defending yourself. Get in touch with a trusted professional who defends cases like yours every day.
Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney in Houston, Texas
Attorney Fuller is a seasoned attorney with nearly three decades of experience representing a wide range of clients. This includes individuals who have suffered an injury due to another’s actions, individuals facing criminal charges, those who have been arrested for DWI, individuals who have found themselves in a civil litigation dispute, and those looking for legal guidance in business.
After filling out a client intake form, Attorney Lanease D. Fuller will take appropriate action in your case to help you get the results you are looking for. This includes but not limited to gathering evidence, going to trial, and earning a settlement that is appropriate for your specific situation. Reach out to us today to take the first step towards settling your case.
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Houston, TX 77051