Whether one is guilty or innocent, being charged with a crime is one of the most stressful events that can occur in a person’s life — and any charge from first-offense DUI to felony murder can have an immediate and far-reaching effect.
Determining if the goal is to reach a plea agreement or to go to trial, every defendant needs an advocate. Police officers and prosecutors have years of experience and training, and act solely on behalf of the people, not the defendant. If you or a loved one is charged with a crime, it is crucial to have legal representation on equal footing with those prosecuting the crime.
Even before the defendant’s first appearance in court there are things an experienced attorney can do to improve the defendant’s odds of receiving a favorable plea offer or a fair trial. As someone charged with a crime, or someone who cares about someone charged with a crime, you want to know that every step is being taken to protect a defendant’s rights.
The criminal law professionals of Graves Smith are here to help you navigate the criminal courts and achieve the best possible outcome.