Trial Process

Sacramento’s Trial Process

Described by a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Being under investigation or having been arrested can be a terrifying experience. If you are faced with either of these situations, you should immediately seek the assistance of a respected Sacramento criminal defense attorney with a long record of obtaining positive outcomes in client defense. It is most important that until you have discussed your circumstances with your legal counsel, you do not discuss any aspect of your case with friends, investigators or prosecutors who want to ask questions. No matter how sympathetic, kindly or interested in helping you an officer claims to be, anything you say, even a joke, can be used against you. It is vital that you know your rights and protect them.

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The first court hearings in a case are the arraignment and preliminary hearing. In the arraignment you will be asked if you plead guilty or not guilty. The preliminary hearing allows the prosecution to show probable cause to hold the defendant to answer for the charges. Typically motions to suppress evidence are presented by the defense.

Prior to trial, an experienced defense lawyer will conduct an investigation into the circumstances of your arrest and the evidence against you in order to build a strong defense strategy and give you sound advice. Whether you elect to have a trial by judge or jury your legal counsel will ensure you are advised of your rights and give you the benefit of his experience while doing everything possible to refute the prosecution’s witness testimony and evidence to obtain a successful outcome.

Awaiting trial and going through the trial process is extremely stressful. With so much at stake, it is vital that you choose to work with a successful criminal defense lawyer who is a skilled negotiator as well as a talented and determined litigator. Michael Wise was a successful prosecutor for 10 years before entering private practice and utilizes this experience to good advantage in every case. To discuss your defense contact a Sacramento criminal defense lawyer from Wise Law Group, PC.

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