If prosecutors have decided to proceed with charges against you, it means that they have already been working on your case, analyzing the evidence, consulting with the arresting police officers and/or weighing the litigation hazards. This is why it is so important to use your right to an attorney at the earliest opportunity.
Leveling The Playing Field
For over 25 years, we have represented individuals facing felony charges in Platte County. Our comprehensive criminal defense practice includes all five categories of felonies, from class A to class E. We have represented individuals accused of violent crimes, drunk driving and drug offenses. We maintain a robust practice, often totaling over 300 cases per year.
We understand how intimidated you may feel by the police and the evidence they have gathered against you. This is where we get to work. The first step often involves your plea. We generally advise against entering a guilty plea or accepting a deal at the preliminary hearing or arraignment without consulting with us.
Holding Prosecutors To Their Burden Of Proof
In many cases, it is advisable to enter a plea of not guilty. At a minimum, that option provides more time to investigate the evidence against you. It also preserves your right to file pretrial motions.
Remember, prosecutors must meet a high burden: proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. An initial not guilty plea may encourage more favorable negotiations, especially as the trial date gets closer and prosecutors struggle with their heavy caseload in an overburdened court system.
Bringing An Experienced Eye To Investigations
Prosecutors are required by law to turn over any exculpatory evidence against you. However, that evidence is not automatically admissible in court, such as the hearsay statements contained within a police report. In fact, we do not accept any of the evidence until we have performed our own investigation and review.
There are many opportunities for gathering additional evidence. If there is an alleged victim, social media accounts might reveal facts that raise serious credibility questions. There may be eyewitnesses who have a different recollection or dash cam footage that portrays a sequence of events that is at odds with the arresting officer’s story or report. We also will not hesitate to conduct depositions to get to the truth of what happened.