While no lawyer can guarantee that you won’t have any jail time if you’re facing criminal charges, the assistance of an experienced defense attorney gives you your best shot at securing a positive outcome for your case.
If you’ve been arrested, ask to speak to an attorney before answering any questions. Even at this early stage, your attorney can increase your odds of avoiding jail by advising you on what not to say to law enforcement. Your attorney can answer all of your questions and help you build your best defense strategy should you face criminal charges. It’s the goal of every criminal defense attorney to have the charges dropped or reduced down to a lesser crime, when possible.
If the prosecution is pushing for trial, your dedicated attorney will help you prepare for your hearings and trial. Law firms with vast resources will bring in professional investigators and experts to sort through important evidence.
Should you be convicted, your attorney can make a compelling case that your jail time be deferred based on your successful completion of probation. It’s important to note that not all judges sentence you to jail time, even if the sentencing guidelines for your crime recommend it. There are several sentencing alternatives that your attorney could request depending on the situation and on factors like your prior criminal history, the nature of your crime, and your potential to endanger the community.
Probation allows you to complete your sentence without having to go to jail, under the supervision of the court or a probation officer. During that time, you might be expected to pay off your fines and fees, make restitution, complete counseling, and volunteer a certain amount of community service hours.
With supervised electronic confinement or monitoring, you might be able to serve your jail time at home while wearing a GPS ankle bracelet. Another option would be to perform specific kinds of manual labor through a community work program in lieu of serving jail time.
If you or a loved one is facing a criminal charge, contact experienced legal counsel as soon as possible. At the Carlos Navarrete Law Firm, we will help you make sense of the charges you face and how you can best defend yourself against any potential negative consequences. When it comes to your freedom, it’s best not to take chances. We have extensive experience building strategic defenses to help clients avoid jail time in all types of criminal cases.
For more information about how the Carlos Navarrete Law Firm can help with your criminal charge, call to schedule a consultation!