The Pinder Plotkin Legal Team Can Help!
- I don’t know what happened—that really is not like me.
- I’m just saying, there is a whole lot more to the story than what is in the statement of charges.
- What am I going to do about my license?
- I need help. Tell me what to do.
For over 30 years, we have been representing individuals charged with criminal and traffic charges. Our initial consultation in criminal/traffic cases is always free. In that consultation, we will discuss the following issues:
- Do we have a legal defense to this claim? Did the State have a valid reason to bring the case, and does it have the constitution and law on its side? Just because a District Court Commissioner or Police Officer believes there was probable cause does not always mean they are right on that issue. Did the State cross all its “t’s” and dot all its “i’s”. This is not horseshoes – the State can’t just come close – it has to be perfect.
- Do we have a factual defense to the case? We are no longer surprised by the number of traffic cases where the MVA has messed up the records. We are also aware that in some criminal cases a person just happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and is innocent.
- What is the likely outcome? In our experience, most Judges want to do the right thing and are balancing the defendants’ future welfare against the safety of the community. We try to impress on my client’s the need to satisfy the Judge that this act was an exception, and the Judge need not worry that this will happen again. There are occasions where we can advise you that perhaps the Judge that is assigned to your case is not going to be sympathetic, and we may need to ask for a jury trial for a more favorable result.
- What are the underlying reasons the incident happened? In our experience, most clients who are charged with a criminal offense or traffic charge are truly sorry and want to “do the right thing”. They are responsible, hardworking people who just made an error of judgment which led to the charges. We know that the Judge will want to know two things – why did the person do this, and what steps have they taken to make sure it will not happen again. If your case involves alcohol or drugs, I will stress that the Judge will be looking for signs of “denial”. We want our clients to get into counseling early and often so that by the time we get to Court, we have an impressive resume of efforts to battle the underlying issue we can show to the Judge. We will also want family members to accompany the client to Court – to show the client has been open and candid about the underlying issue, and not in denial.
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