Plano Criminal Defense Attorney
Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving Plano, TX
The Criminal Process
If you have been charged with a crime in Texas it can be overwhelming and frightening. It is possible that you could lose your freedom or diminish your ability to survive in the workplace. It is vital that you contact a Plano criminal defense attorney immediately if you have been charged with a crime in Texas. The attorneys of the Zendeh Del Law Firm are knowledgeable and experienced and will assist you to navigate through this complicated process.
A drunk driving, domestic violence, theft,
sexual assault or other criminal case starts when it is determined that there is "probable cause" to believe a crime has been committed.
There are several ways that a person could be arrested for a crime. An individual could be arrested at the scene of the crime or soon after, he/she could be arrested based on a warrant based on a sworn complaint, or arrested based on an indictment by a grand jury.
If you have been arrested for a crime it is absolutely vital that you remain silent. Contact a Plano attorney from the Zendeh Del Law Firm quickly so the attorney can advise you of your rights in this serious legal situation. The Texas criminal defense attorneys of Zendeh Del Law Firm are aware of how the system works and on some occasions it is possible that the charges could be reduced or even dropped with the help of competent counsel.
An arraignment is a formal appearance by the defendant before the court where the accused is advised of his constitutional rights and the individual is formally charged. This is the appearance where the accused bail is set. Bail is an important part of the process, as it's purpose is to ensure that the defendant does not leave the area. It is similar to an insurance policy for the court. Depending on the severity of the crime and whether the accused is a repeat offender or considered to be a danger to the community, bail will be set by the judge. Bail amounts vary greatly, from released on your own recognizance to millions of dollars. On some occasions the court will not allow bail. It is vital to have an attorney at this point as your attorney can argue that there is not a flight risk in your case. The defendant's bail amount could possibly be reduced or the accused could be released on his own recognizance with the assistance of an attorney. Contact the Zendeh Del Law Firm today so that your case can be reviewed immediately, prior to arraignment.
A pre-trial conference is mandatory. It is a conference between the attorney and the prosecutor of the case. At this conference, items such as plea bargains can be discussed. If a plea agreement is not reached or approved by the judge, it is decided whether to waive the right to a trial by jury and have the case heard only by the judge. The pre-trial conference is a vital part of the criminal process and it is important that you are represented by competent counsel familiar with the Plano criminal justice system who will fight for your rights under the law. An attorney with excellent negotiating skills is vital for the accused at this point. The attorneys of Zendeh Del come prepared to face pre-trial conference with a thorough understanding of the process and the defendant's interests as the top priority.
A defendant has the right to have a jury of twelve impartial jurors. The selection of these jurors is done in a legal setting prior to the trial. The trial begins with opening statements from each side. The trial then moves into bringing forth witnesses and evidence proving each side of the case. Both the prosecution and the defense attorneys now have the opportunity to cross-examine the witnesses brought forth by the other side. This section of the trial is very important, as the defense attorney must be capable and competent in his cross-examination of the witnesses. Do not take any chances with a trial without a qualified and knowledgeable defense attorney. Contact an attorney from the Zendeh Del Law Firm immediately if you have been charged with a crime. It is possible that the case will never go to trial with the help of a knowledgeable attorney.
If you have a jury trial, after all evidence and witnesses have been presented, and closing arguments completed, the jury will deliberate your case. It is the jury's job to decide whether the prosecutor has proven "beyond reasonable doubt" that the defendant was guilty of the crime. If the defendant is found "not guilty" by the jury, he/she is free to leave. If he/she is found guilty then sentencing will take place.
The judge will assess punishment unless the defendant asks for a jury to assess the punishment, or the state is asking for the death penalty in a capital felony. It is possible that the judge could be required to ask for a probation officer to prepare a "pre-sentencing investigation report". When the judge is sentencing the guilty, certain factors are reviewed, such as degree of physical or emotional damage to the victim, prior criminal record, reputation and character of the defendant and any other evidence deemed relevant in sentencing. The sentence will then be passed.
Don't take chances with criminal charges. It is difficult at the best of times to make it through this legal maze, and you need a knowledgeable and experienced attorney, with excellent communication and negotiation skills on your side. The attorneys of the Zendeh Del Law Firm will fight for your rights every step of the way.
Contact a Plano criminal defense attorney at the Zendeh Del Law Firm.