Los Angeles Defense Attorneys Specializing in all Stages of a Criminal Case
The investigative/pre-filing stage of a case occurs when law enforcement is still investigating the case and the prosecutor has not yet decided to file criminal charges. The prosecutor’s decision can be based on many factors, including the strength of the evidence, the seriousness of the conduct, and mitigating factors.
The pretrial stage of a case consists of everything that happens after the case is filed but before it goes to trial. While every case is different, this usually includes your bail hearing, investigation of the facts of your case, reviewing the prosecution’s evidence against you, and negotiating with the prosecutor to obtain a favorable resolution before trial.
Crucially, this is the stage where many of your legal defenses can be raised. For instance, if the police violated your constitutional rights by searching your house without a warrant, failing to advise you of your right to an attorney, or refusing to stop an interrogation after you invoked your right to remain silent, your attorney can file a pretrial motion to have the evidence suppressed, or kept out of court.
Trial is where your case is presented to a judge or jury. The prosecutor will present the evidence against you by having witnesses testify and introducing documents and other evidence. Then your attorney will present any evidence in your favor. Then the judge or jury will deliberate and will deliver a verdict of guilty or not guilty.
The sentencing and restitution stage of the case occurs if you are convicted at trial or enter a guilty or no contest plea. If you enter a plea of guilty or no contest, your attorney will negotiate a favorable sentence and restitution with the prosecutor. If you are found guilty after a trial, your attorney and the prosecutor will argue to the judge for a certain sentence.
The post-conviction stage is everything that happens after your conviction. There are a variety of ways for your attorney to reduce the charges you were convicted of or clean up your record, often by means of expungement.
Our firm can protect your freedom!
Early intervention by a skilled Los Angeles criminal defense attorney from Moaddel Law Firm can prevent charges ever being filed against you, and fight on your behalf if charges are filed or if your case makes it to court.
We will use the facts of the case, your history, your accomplishments, and your rehabilitation to argue for a favorable sentence. You may also owe restitution as a result of your case. Restitution is money paid to compensate the victim for their loss.
If you or a loved one has been accused of these crimes, or any others, contact our office today. We can help regardless of what stage your case is in.
Call and discuss your case with the firm—(323) 746-0070!