Will My Criminal Case Go To Trial?
When you are charged with a crime your very freedom is on the line. Charges for fraud and other white collar crimes are serious and carry hefty penalties, including incarceration and fines. When it comes to mounting an effective criminal defense, there are many factors to consider. One looming factor is whether the criminal case will go to trial.
Will My Criminal Case Go To Trial?
In some cases the prosecution will not offer a plea agreement, and in these instances the case will proceed to trial. However, such instances are rare and in most criminal cases the prosecution will enter into negotiations with the defendant and his or her attorney to come to a resolution prior to a trial.
First, as soon as you are aware of a criminal investigation or charges filed against you, contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. In fact, we urge you to exercise your right to remain silent until your attorney is by your side. Second, an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to dismantle the government’s case against you long before a criminal trial. This is just one reason why hiring an attorney immediately is critical.
Even if criminal charges cannot be avoided or dropped, that does not mean your case will go to trial. Alternatives to trial include:
- Negotiating a plea agreement.
- Negotiating lesser charges.
- Entering into a Non-Prosecution Agreement.
- Entering into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement.
In some cases negotiating a plea bargain or other agreement with the prosecution is ideal; however, avoiding a trial is not always the best course of action. Every case is unique and fact-specific. Only an experienced white collar criminal defense attorney can properly advise you on your best course of action when facing fraud charges.
The majority of defendants choose to accept a plea agreement to avoid the uncertainties of a trial and the prospect of harsh sentencing that can follow from a jury conviction. In a plea agreement the defendant agrees to plead guilty to some or all of the criminal charges filed against him or her in exchange for concessions from the prosecutor, such as reduced punishments.
Certainly, depending on the specific of your case, accepting a plea agreement may have compelling advantages. It is always your choice whether to accept or decline a plea agreement offered by the prosecution. And in some cases going to trial is the advisable course of action. For instance, if the government’s claims are unfounded or their evidence against you is circumstantial and weak. The courts do not allow “trial by ambush,” and in general you know what evidence the prosecution has against you because they have a duty to hand it over during the discovery stage prior to trial.
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We provide aggressive, strategic representation to our clients in order to limit exposure to harsh criminal penalties. When we represent you, we will analyze and evaluate each detail of your case looking for ways that show you are not guilty of the charges filed against you. Our firm is highly-respected in Arizona for our ability to handle complex cases and defend our clients against the most aggressive prosecutors.
Recently, Ashley D. Adams was selected by The National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 in Criminal Defense and as one of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers.
Ashley serves as the American Bar Association’s co-chair for the Southwest Region’s Subcommittee on White Collar Crime. She is an active member of the ABA’s Health Care Fraud Subcommittee. Ashley has had the honor of being selected as one of Arizona’s Best Lawyers and Southwest’s Super Lawyers for seven years running.
The attorneys at Ashley D. Adams, PLC handle state criminal cases throughout Arizona and federal criminal cases throughout the United States, including Arizona, Oklahoma, Utah, and California.