If you or someone you love has been arrested and charged with a crime, the steps you take immediately following the arrest are critical to the overall outcome of your case. First and foremost, it is important to refrain speaking with a prosecutor or police official without an attorney present. Anything you say can—and will—be used against you in a court of law. If you have been arrested, make sure you ask to speak to your lawyer before you answer any of the police officer’s questions. Even simple answers can be twisted to seem like an admission of guilt.
Call Criminal Defense Attorney
The moment you are arrested is a frightening time. You may be concerned about your family, your job, and your freedom. Immediately after you are arrested, it is important to reach out to an experienced Denver criminal defense attorney from jail. Your attorney will arrive at the jail to protect your rights and ensure that you are released from jail quickly.
At your arraignment, you will be read the charges against you and you will be allowed to enter your plea. The judge will then determine if you are to be released on your own recognizance or if bail must be set. If a bail amount is set, then you must pay that amount before you are allowed to leave the jail. Bail is used to ensure that the defendant will appear in court at the required time. Bail bonds are usually purchased at about 10% of the value. There is also a chance that the judge will release you on your own recognizance—especially for minor crimes and first time offenders.
Appearing in Court
Once you have been freed from jail, the court will determine a date and time for your reappearance in court. During the next several weeks and months, the prosecution and your defense attorney will enter into negotiations—or plea-bargaining. They may offer to rescind more serious charges, if you plead guilty to certain others. If the case against you is weak, your defense attorney may even be able to expose these weaknesses during the plea bargaining and have all charges against you dismissed with a promise to perform community service or attend counseling.
Experienced Denver Criminal Defense Attorney
Denver Criminal Defense Attorney Steven Louth has successfully represented accused individuals and their families in Denver and throughout Colorado. He understands that your future and freedom are at stake, and as such; he is always ready to fight the tough fight.
If you or someone you love has been arrested and charged with a crime in Denver, Boulder, or anywhere in Colorado, call Steven Louth Law Offices at 303-442-2297 today for a free case evaluation. No matter how serious the charges are against you, there are ways to fight them. Call today!