While the statutes stay the same, the way they are interpreted by case law varies slightly with every case and situation. Because your case involves a unique set of facts, the only way to get real answers about the criminal defense process in your situation is to talk directly with a lawyer. Schedule a free initial consultation with me — Michael F. Dunn, Attorney at Law — by calling my Glenside, Pennsylvania, law firm at 215-572-0955 or completing my online contact form.
I Will Guide You Through The Criminal Defense Process
Whether you have been accused of a misdemeanor or a felony, your case usually starts with an arrest. If the police release you at the time of the arrest, you will be sent a criminal complaint, affidavit and hearing notice through the mail. If — depending on the circumstances and severity of the crime — you are held after the time of arrest, you must stay in jail until your arraignment. At the arraignment, the judge may set bail. You will only be released from jail after you make bail.
The judge may also set a preliminary hearing at a local district court. The purpose of this hearing is for the prosecution to present evidence that the crime was committed and that the defendant committed the crime. If the prosecution can do that, your case may be listed for a pretrial conference.
Generally, one of two things may happen at the pretrial conference. You and your attorney may work out an agreement with the prosecutor in your case, or you may fail to come to agreement. If you come to an agreement with the prosecution, you will plead guilty and be sentenced accordingly. If you do not agree, your case will be scheduled for trial if that appears to be in your best interest.
Helping You Make The Best Legal Choices For Your Future
It can be difficult to know whether to accept a plea or to proceed to trial. As an experienced criminal law attorney, I — Michael F. Dunn — can guide you through the right decisions and help to negotiate a favorable outcome with the prosecutor. If we cannot negotiate a favorable outcome, I do not hesitate to take your case to trial.
If you have been accused of a crime, taking fast action is the best way to protect your rights and your freedom. Contact me — Michael F. Dunn — by calling 215-572-0955 or by completing my online contact form. Initial consultations are free and confidential.