Alternative sentences can be beneficial

When most people think of criminal defense, they automatically think of trials and defendants who are trying to be found not guilty of criminal acts. While that is an important part of the criminal justice system, it isn’t a comprehensive picture of the system. If you are facing criminal charges, you might need to consider alternative sentences.

In one of our recent blog posts, we discussed a program that could keep people charged with low-level drug crimes and prostitution out of jail. The program would help them to get the help they need for their problems. This is important because unless the underlying problem is address, the chance that the person will face the criminal justice system again for the same or a more serious crime is great.

If you are facing criminal charges and know that you committed the crime, you might be willing to think about the options that are on the table for your case. This might include drug court, alternative sentences or plea deals. In each case, you have to consider how the deal will affect you. Working out a deal or agreeing to participate in a pretrial diversion program might enable you to get the help you need so you won’t end up right back in the same place.

We understand that you might be worried about your case. We aren’t here to push you into accepting any deal. Instead, we will let you know what is possible and then you can make the decision that you feel is best for you. Whether you choose to try to resolve your case prior to trial or if you choose to fight through the trial, we are here to represent your side of the case.

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