We personalize the defense for every client’s case. The key is that we take the time to listen to our clients. We discuss their background, personal issues pertaining to substance abuse, as well as the facts and legal issues of their case. We get to know every client on a personal level, which helps us both properly advise them and zealously advocate for them. We know the importance of explaining every step of the process and leaving clients feeling that they were well taken care of. We truly care for our clients and their situations, and this pushes us to get them the best results possible.
We try to get the case dismissed before charges are filed. We begin advising our clients immediately upon our initial consultation. Sometimes it can be very helpful to take steps right away to help the case. We always attempt to intervene with the filing prosecutor before charges are filed. This has resulted in many informal agreements with prosecutors to not file charges. Informal office hearings are sometimes help, instead of any formal prosecution. When we can, we try to persuade prosecutors to reject cases before charges are filed.
We investigate all of the evidence in your case, and then we consult with experts to prepare your defense. If charges are filed, we conduct a thorough investigation of the evidence in your case. We immediately request additional discovery from the prosecutor, and generally subpoena documents and officers for administrative hearings.
In DUI cases, we investigate any weaknesses in the chemical evidence by obtaining the maintenance and calibration records of the devices used, or we do an independent laboratory blood analysis in certain cases. Also, we always try to get any video or audio recordings, along with any dispatch and usage logs.
Another critical step in the investigation process is consulting with experts in the field. We often bring in experts to assist in our clients cases. We consult with forensic toxicologists, drug recognition experts, law enforcement trainers, former DMV hearing officers, experts in accident reconstruction, private investigators, and certified addiction specialists depending on the case.
A proper investigation often uncovers problems with proof in the prosecutors case. We use these issues to leverage reduced offers, informal diversion agreements, and formal deferred entry of judgments. Sometimes we’re even able to convince prosecutors that they cant prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, and that they must ethically dismiss the charges.