We are devoted to defending the rights of persons
who have been accused, arrested or charged with criminal
offenses. We are committed to zealous advocacy for our
clients along with a creative realistic and result oriented
We handle criminal defense in a wide variety of District
Court Cases, including:
is an arrest?
you are arrested you are taken into custody. This means
that you are not free to leave the scene. Without being
arrested, however, you could still be detained or held
for questioning for a short time if a police officer
or other person believes you may be involved in a crime.
For example, an officer may detain you if you are carrying
a large box near a recent burglary site. Storekeepers
also can detain you if they suspect that you have stolen
something. Whether you are arrested or detained, you
do not have to answer any questions except to give your
name and address and show some identification if requested.
rights do I have?
you are an adult citizen or non-citizen, you have certain
rights if you are arrested. Before the law enforcement
officer questions you, he or she should tell you that:
You have the right to remain silent
Anything you say may be used against you.
You have a right to have a lawyer present while you
If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be appointed
you are not given these warnings, your lawyer can ask
that any statements you made to the police not be used
against you in court. But this does not necessarily
mean that your case will be dismissed. And this does
not apply if you volunteer information without being
questioned by the police.
I'm told my rights, can I be questioned?
can be questioned, without a lawyer present, only if
you voluntarily give up your rights and if you understand
what you are giving up. If you agree to the questioning,
then change your mind, the questioning must stop as
soon as you say so or as soon as you say that you want
a lawyer. If the questioning continues after you request
a lawyer and you continue to talk, your answers can
be used against you if you testify to something different.
should I see a lawyer?
you are arrested for a crime, particularly a serious
one, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
He or she has a better sense of what you should and
should not say to law enforcement officers to avoid
being misinterpreted or misunderstood. The lawyer also
can advise you or your family or friends on the bail
should I tell my lawyer?
Everything! Your lawyer is held to strict duty of confidentiality.
You should never be concerned about giving your lawyer
too much information.
is bail and how is it set?
is a process through which an arrested criminal suspect
is allowed to pay money in exchange for his or her release
from police custody, usually after booking. As a condition
of release, the suspect promises to appear in court
for all scheduled criminal proceedings -- including
the arraignment, preliminary hearing, pre-trial motions
hearing, and trial.
an arrestee is not allowed to post bail at the police
station immediately after booking, a judge may decide
later, at a separate hearing or the arraignment, whether
to allow release on bail. The bail amount may be predetermined,
through a "bail schedule," or the judge may
set a monetary figure based on:
seriousness of the crime;
The suspect's criminal record;
The danger that the suspect's release might pose to
the community; and
The suspect's ties to family, community, and employment.
happens at an arraignment?
the arrest, booking, and initial bail phases of the
criminal process, the first stage of courtroom-based
proceedings takes place -- arraignment. During a typical
arraignment, a person charged with a crime is called
before a criminal court judge, who:
Reads the criminal charge(s) against the person (now
called the "defendant");
the defendant if he or she has an attorney, or needs
the assistance of a court-appointed attorney;
Asks the defendant how he or she answers, or "pleads
to", the criminal charges -- "guilty,"
"not guilty," or "no contest";
Decides whether to alter the bail amount or to release
the defendant on his or her own recognizance (Note:
These matters are usually revisited even if addressed
in prior proceedings); and
Announces dates of future proceedings in the case, such
as the preliminary hearing, pre-trial motions, and trial.
Also at the preliminary hearing, the prosecutor will
give the defendant and his or her attorney copies of
police reports and any other documents relevant to the
case. For example, in a DUI/DWI or drug possession case,
the prosecutor may provide the defense with lab reports
of any blood or chemical tests that were performed,
and may be used in the case.