Accusations of crimes come in many varieties and arise from many different circumstances. Choosing one of the best criminal defense lawyers in San Diego makes a difference in the course of the criminal proceedings and in the outcome of the case.
Defense attorney David Pflaum has over 25 years of successful experience protecting the rights of his clients and getting the best possible results for them.
Just because a person was cited or arrested for a criminal accusation does not mean that he or she is guilty. The accused has rights and remedies. Get the right defender on your side to make a difference in the outcome of the case.
HOW THE DEFENSE LAWYER HELPS BEFORE COURT
Get Out of Jail: If the accused is in jail, there are several ways attorney Pflaum helps him or her get released before the first court date or during the first court date at the arraignment.
Post Bail: The release of the client can be accomplished by posting bail right away. The advantage is that the accused is released the same day; the disadvantage is the bail bond may cost a lot of money that is not refundable. It is wise to consult with Mr. Pflaum to get the best advice for your situation.
Request Release from the Judge: The release of the client can also be accomplished at the first court date by requesting from the court a release from custody without posting bail, also called a release on the client’s “own recognizance,” or a reduction in the amount of bail.
The advantage is that there is no cost to pay for a bond, or the cost may be reduced; the disadvantage is that the accused must wait in jail until the arraignment to get out of jail.
For much more information about getting out of jail, click here: be free.
Contact the Prosecutor’s Office: Depending upon the circumstances, such as assistance from the alleged victim, interviews with witnesses, and additional facts about the case, Mr. Pflaum gathers vital information about the client and the legal case.
The lawyer then delivers the most important information to the prosecutor’s office as soon as possible with the goal of persuading the prosecutor’s office not to file any criminal charges against the arrested person or to reduce the charges.
HOW THE DEFENSE LAWYER HELP HIS CLIENTS DURING COURT
There are many ways to protect the rights of a client and get the best possible results in court.
Every case is different. Each client is unique.
Initial Consultation: First the criminal lawyer meets with the client to discuss the facts of the case during an initial consultation.
An experienced criminal defense attorney wants to learn everything he can about his client’s background, work experience, ties to the community, professional credentials, family, military background, and religious affiliations. This way he can apply the best strategies to get the best possible results.
Plea Bargain: Once the lawyer has the best information about the case, which includes the full background of his client, witness statements, the evidence seized by the police and other important factors, he presents it to the prosecutor and judge to negotiate a plea bargain.
A plea bargain should eliminate or reduce the charges, avoid time in jail, reduce the fines, and may allow for a modification to be built into the deal, like cleaning your record upon successful completion of probation.
Criminal Charges: The plea bargain is a vital part of the criminal justice system that involves an agreement between the criminal defense lawyer, his client, the prosecutor, and the judge to dismiss or reduce the original criminal charges.
Punishment: The plea bargain usually includes an agreement about the terms of the punishment such as serving no time in jail, alternatives to serving time in jail, community service, and reduced fines.
Other Terms: There are usually many other terms and conditions that may be the subject of a plea bargain that include educational programs, public work service, rehabilitation, community service, sex offender registration, payment of restitution (damages), counseling, and voluntary service.
For much more information about pretrial negotiations, click here: plea bargains.
HOW THE DEFENSE LAWYER GETS THE BEST POSSIBLE PLEA BARGAIN
Defense Strengths: Good plea bargains come about because the criminal defense attorney knows his client well, investigates the case, carefully reviews the police reports, the medical records, DNA, fingerprints, videos, photographs, tape recordings, 911 calls, forensic evidence, witness interviews, and everything else associated with the case to develop the strengths of a case.
Prosecution Weaknesses: By the same process the criminal defense attorney develops weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case such as inconsistencies in witness statements, problems with the arrest or the investigation, discrepancies in the conduct of the investigating officers, missing or inconclusive evidence, and problems in the forensic evidence.
Effective Presentation: The criminal defense attorney then makes a persuasive presentation to the judge and prosecutor about the strengths of his client’s case, and weaknesses of the prosecution’s case, to achieve an excellent plea bargain for his client.
Jury Trial: People who are accused of a crime have the constitutional right to have a trial by jury.
This is an amazing right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution that protects people from the long overreaching arm of the government.
One of the best ways to win a case is to aggressively prepare for a trial, pick an excellent jury, make a compelling opening statement, cross examine witnesses, put on a defense, and tell a convincing closing argument.
For more information about jury trials, click here: trial by jury.
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