Before you have been indicted and before your case is even filed with the District Attorney’s office, you may have options to minimize or avoid the consequences of a criminal charge. We can discuss with you the pretrial diversion programs that may prevent the filing of criminal charges or dispose of them immediately after filing. In other cases, we can contact the police department or prosecutor’s office directly, making strong legal arguments to prevent filing of the charges. We may also help get potential charges reduced or plea-bargained, including having felony charges reduced to misdemeanors.
When Pretrial Options & Diversion Programs May Help
Pretrial dispositions are one way to get matters dismissed before formal charges are ever filed. When the police made a stop without reasonable suspicion, made an arrest without probable cause or conducted an illegal or warrantless search, pretrial disposition may be possible. If such errors exist, trying to get the case dismissed could offer a quicker and more cost-effective solution than waiting for your case to be filed in a court or go to trial. In many cases, we can also keep the charges from ever existing on your criminal record.
If you are facing felony charges, in addition to just arguing for dismissal or negotiating with the prosecution to prevent the filing of charges, we also work with clients to create a grand jury packet. The packet consists of defense evidence giving reasons why you should not be indicted for the crime in question. We can present this information to the District Attorney's Office and possibly prevent the case from going any further.
Some pretrial options may no longer be available once your case has progressed too far. To find out if there are still options availble to you to attempt to dispose of these charges before trial, contact us at 281-397-4500 for a free and confidential consultation.