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If you are suspected of committing a crime, hiring an attorney before you approached
by police can be a very effective means of protecting yourself and can sometimes
allow you to completely avoid criminal prosecution. Warrants for arrest and search
warrants may be issued allowing police to search a person, their property and belongings
or to take a person into custody. Call now, we are here to help: 360-
Although in many non-
Typically in Southwest Washington courts, bail and release conditions are determined by the judge at the first appearance and a return date or dates are sent. A plea may be requested, but in felony cases, another hearing, called arraignment, typically follows within a short time period. At arraignment, the defendant will usually be asked to enter a plea. Getting an attorney involved before entering a plea or speaking with the judge can help you protect your rights, help you to avoid giving the prosecutor statements that can be used against you, and preserve all of your options. Certain misdemeanors qualify for arraignment by counsel without personal appearance of the accused.
It is usually during this period that your attorney will gather information from
the state, including the police reports and any other evidence the state may use
in its case. Some kind of pre-
Making all of your court appearances is extremely important. Prosecutors often file additional charges of bail jumping when defendants miss court and this can seriously complicate trying to resolve a case.
Depending on the county or jurisdiction, some cases may be resolved without entering a guilty plea to a charge or by entering into special programs that can drastically reduce the amount of jail or prison time that might otherwise be imposed. These options vary greatly, depending on location, the seriousness and the type of charge, and may include diversion programs, deferred prosecutions, and drug or mental health court and treatment alternatives. Ask your attorney whether any of these options might be available to you.
Whether you choose to fight or you are looking for damage control ... having an experienced, skilled, and aggressive attorney will provide you with the ability to make an informed decision and choose your best option from those available with confidence. Sometimes choosing your options is a matter of weighing the possible costs and benefits and determining the kinds of risks you are willing to take.
Personally serving in Southwest Washington’s Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Thurston, Wahkiakum and Skamania Counties and municipal courts, including Vancouver, Washougal, Camas, Longview, Kelso, Battleground, Ridgefield, Centralia, Chehalis, Long Beach, South Bend, Stevenson and surrounding areas.
Ms. Dalton is a skilled and experienced fighter who takes the time to find out what clients want and need and fights for the best result possible.
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Dalton Law Office, PLLC
2904 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98663