No matter if you are facing your first criminal charge or need help preventing a new conviction from going on your permanent record, a criminal defense lawyer in Norristown can provide you with an aggressive defense. Depending on the nature and severity of the charges against you, you could end up paying steep fines, losing your professional license, losing driving privileges, or even spending time in jail.
While some people do attempt to defend themselves against criminal charges, you do not have to go through this alone. Defense attorney David C. McKenzie III can help you understand what to expect and provide support throughout the criminal justice process. If you currently have charges against you, or if you expect the District Attorney to press charges, call the McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., today at 610-680-7842 for a case review.
Concerns a Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Address About Your Case
In addition to protecting your rights and defending you in court, a major advantage of having a criminal defense lawyer on your side is having access to someone familiar with how the criminal justice system works. We will explain the process to you, help you navigate the complexities of your case, and ensure you know what to expect every step of the way.
We can also explain:
- The possible outcomes of your case, as well as likely consequences of each outcome;
- What happens if you plead guilty and if there are any advantages in doing so;
- Whether a plea agreement may be possible;
- The pros and cons of any possible plea agreement;
- The benefits and drawbacks of going to trial;
- The best strategy for getting a positive outcome in your case; and
- Our options for limiting the damages a conviction would cause.
Regardless of the charges against you, our defense team can provide guidance the options available in your case.
Possible Options for Defending Your Case
No two criminal cases are the same, so we cannot offer specific advice until we review the facts of your arrest and the charges against you. After your free case review, we can help you understand all aspects of your case, including the serious nature of the penalties you may face. Summary charges or minor misdemeanors may lead to moderate fines or probation, but more serious charges can mean jail time, significant fines, and other major consequences.
The best way to get a positive outcome is to ensure you have a solid defense strategy in place from the beginning. In addition to protecting your rights, we can formulate your defense strategy, represent you to the court, and aggressively fight the charges against you.
We will fully investigate the situation that led to your charges. This may result in three possible outcomes:
- We identify evidence to prove your innocence;
- We uncover evidence to show police failed to follow proper procedures or violated your civil rights and ask the court to throw out the evidence against you; or
- We get a better understanding of their case against you and can focus on reducing possible penalties.
Before your case ever goes to court, we can attempt to help you by asking the prosecutors or the judge to:
- Reduce your bail to get you out of jail sooner;
- Drop or reduce the charges, based on our investigation; or
- Offer a plea bargain for a lesser charge.
If we cannot convince the court to drop or reduce the charges, negotiating a plea bargain is often the best option for a positive outcome in a criminal case. However, there are some instances when we want to take the case to court. This is usually a good option if we believe the jury will acquit you or if there is no way to reduce your charges.
In these cases, we will represent you to the judge during the trial. We will fight to get you back to your normal life as quickly as possible.
Your Rights and the Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Process
Knowing what to expect from each step of the Pennsylvania criminal justice process—and having us on your side to protect your rights—can help ease your stress and reduce the chaos an arrest can cause in your daily life.
Arrest and Preliminary Arraignment
If the charge against you is serious enough to warrant arrest, you may spend several hours in jail before seeing a judge for your preliminary arraignment. During this hearing, the judge will explain the charges against you, inform you of your right to have a defense attorney represent you, and decide your bail.
The Preliminary Hearing
During the preliminary hearing, the prosecutor must provide evidence to convince the court a crime occurred and you are a likely suspect. We can also present some evidence in your defense during this hearing.
The preliminary hearing offers us a chance to learn more about the case against you. In some cases, the judge can drop the charges at this point. If not, they will schedule a formal arraignment.
After your formal arraignment, we can begin to focus our efforts on negotiating a plea deal. A plea agreement requires you to plead guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a less serious sentence, instead of taking the case to trial.
The Trial and Sentencing
If a plea agreement is not possible in your case—or if we decide there is a strategy that suits your case better—we will focus our attention on building a strong defense to present in court during your criminal trial.
You will likely have a trial in front of a jury. We will present your case to the court and defend you against the prosecution’s allegations. The jury will then deliberate and determine if they believe you committed the crime. Then, the court will impose its sentence.
If you are facing a jury trial, you need the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Our legal team can defend your rights and fight for a positive outcome in your case.
Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Norristown Today
Attorney David C. McKenzie III and the criminal defense team from the McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., can help you fight the charges against you. We take aggressive action to get the best possible outcome based on the facts of your case. Call 610-680-7842 today to get started.