The best way to deal with a problem is to prevent it. Many people under police investigation or even following some arrests avoid formal criminal charges from being filed against them. Sometimes it’s because law enforcement or prosecutors looked at all the evidence and decided it’s just not strong enough to justify going forward. Other times the individual’s criminal defense attorney reasoned with them, exposed their mistakes, and argued that pursuing charges isn’t worth their time.
No matter the allegation, if you’re worried about charges in the Cincinnati area, reach out to an experienced and dedicated criminal attorney with Luftman, Heck & Associates. Attorney Brad Groene will review your situation, discuss your options, and work tirelessly to resolve your case without formal charges. Call (513) 338-1890 for a free, confidential consultation 24/7.
Take Action – Don’t Just Hope for the Best
When you think of a defense attorney, you probably imagine a well-dressed person in a courtroom speaking to a judge. But we talk to everyone. This includes police officers, witnesses, and prosecutors, in offices and police stations. With the right legal argument and all the facts, we can often clear up mistakes or convince those in charge that charges shouldn’t be filed. That way, we do not need to be in a courtroom.
If you learn that you’re under investigation, it’s time to act. Don’t wait, and hope it will blow over. Investing in a criminal defense attorney early in the process could end up saving you substantial amounts of money, time, and energy.
How Your Lawyer Can Stop the Filing of Criminal Charges
- 1. We Don’t Do the Police Any Favors
Part of your lawyer’s job is preventing you from making a bad situation worse. This means you shouldn’t talk to anyone, especially law enforcement, about the issue. It would help if you stayed off social media and away from people allegedly involved in this supposed crime. One way to prevent charges is by advising you during questioning so you don’t provide incriminating evidence to the police.
- 2. Present Evidence That Could Clear You
We’ll start investigating right after we’re retained. We will talk to witnesses, police officers, and discuss the situation with the prosecutor. We may provide evidence showing you weren’t at the crime scene when it allegedly took place. If we know who committed the crime, we may give law enforcement information leading them in the right direction. If they’re overlooking evidence showing you’re innocent, we’ll make sure they consider it.
- 3. Negotiate for Your Cooperation
Depending on the circumstances, your best option for preventing charges may be to cooperate as a witness. In exchange for not facing charges, it may be in your best interest to honestly disclose what you know about a situation.
- 4. Convince the Prosecutors the Evidence Isn’t Enough to Convict
We remind prosecutors how high their legal burden of proof is and that we’ll fight for our client every step of the way. Sometimes our most effective discussions with prosecutors involve showing how not filing charges is a good idea for them too. The police and prosecutors may think you committed a crime. But they have the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If the case isn’t strong enough, filing charges and going through the process wastes everyone’s time and resources.
Contact a Cincinnati Defense Attorney at LHA
Cincinnati defense attorney Brad Groene with Luftman, Heck & Associates helps clients in and around Hamilton County every day avoid legal problems, not just react to them after the fact. If you are under investigation or have been arrested but not yet charged, call LHA for a free consult at (513) 338-1890 or fill out our online contact form. By being proactive, you could spare yourself a lot of hassle.