If you find yourself charged with a criminal offense in Arizona, I sympathize, and understand what you are going through. The process of being arrested, appearing in court and having the clerk call out the case The State of Arizona vs. You is an uncomfortable and stressful experience.
But it’s happened, and now you have to deal with it. It can feel like no one is on your side.
But we can help you. We are Arizona criminal defense lawyers. Fighting for people just like you is what we do, everyday, in criminal courts across Arizona.
Don’t Plead Guilty to Any Arizona Criminal Charge
At least not before you’ve spoken with a lawyer and evaluated all your options in a free legal consultation. Even if you think you are guilty. (see below)
If you haven’t retained a lawyer, and are arraigned on a criminal charge, the district attorney or prosecutor may try to push you into a plea deal immediately. That offer may not be the best you can do, not by a longshot.
The truth is, the prosecutor may want to close the case quickly because it is a loser. Maybe he or she doesn’t have the witnesses or evidence necessary to get a conviction. Their could be legal technicalities and rules not followed, procedural or police mistakes, or many other situations that a defense lawyer will pick apart, and get all the charges dismissed. Mistakes happen all the time. But if you are talked into a quick plea, that’s it, your options are done, and you’ve stuck yourself with a criminal record for the rest of your life.
And if it is a real and fair offer, almost certainly it will still be there if you take your time to evaluate your options. So you really have almost nothing to lose, and there could be much to gain by waiting, and exploring your defense options thoroughly. Take advantage of our free criminal case evaluation on any Arizona criminal charge.
I Know I’m Guilty. I Just Need to Get This Over With
I understand and respect that opinion. You made a mistake and want to own up to it. That is honorable.
But there is no honor in getting screwed by a deal that is far too harsh for the charges. Everyone deserves fair treatment in the courts, but unfortunately you may not get it if you don’t have a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney on your side. Because you want to be upfront and fair, you should insist on the same treatment from the government.
We help lots of clients plead out if that is what they want, or is in their best interests. But we believe everyone deserves a second chance, and that the punishment should fit the crime.
Judges can certainly abuse their sentencing discretion without anyone to check their power. And there may be alternative sentencing options that can help you avoid a permanent criminal record.
The fact is, you only get one shot. When it’s done, it’s done. If you plead guilty, you can’t take it back.
As your attorneys we will give you the peace of mind that:
- We looked over your case to make sure the police didn’t screw it up or violate your rights. If the charges should be dismissed under the law, we will fight for that with everything we have.
- You are getting a fair deal. Only a defense attorney who knows Arizona criminal law, sentencing guidelines, and what is a reasonable outcome in a typical criminal courtroom can evaluate if you are getting the treatment you deserve.
Criminal Defense For the Internet Age
It makes sense to evaluate all your options when facing a criminal offense and conviction that could affect the rest of your life. In this time of instant background checks, your public criminal record is unfortunately there for the world to see.
Gone are the days when a criminal record was buried in a dusty file somewhere that no one is likely to ever find. Will everything online and easily searched, the implications of that criminal record are far more serious to your future. It’s the job you don’t get, the apartment that they rent to someone else, and a thousand other reasons someone might run a background check on you.
Free Consultation on Arizona Criminal Charges and Penalties
Take advantage of our free legal case evaluation and consultation to find out exactly what our attorneys can do for you. You’ll get a chance to ask questions, find out what you are facing in the worst case and what is most likely to happen to you. And there is no obligation to you.
The Law Offices of Kevin Breger, PLLC
2025 N. 3rd Street, Suite 157
Phoenix, Arizona 85004