Criminal Defense Overview

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Reasons to Hire an Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney

Over the past decade, the criminal cases have been flooding the Arizona courts. Cases range from investigation, arrest, criminal charges, trial, sentencing, to post-conviction relief. The primary purpose for a criminal defense attorney in Arizona is to provide guidance and protect those who have been charged with a crime.

If you have recently been charged with crime, hiring an Arizona criminal attorney is the key to fighting your case. But, before you choose a criminal attorney, you need to understand the basics of criminal defense. Then once that is understood, learn how the attorney can help you through this challenging time.


Explanation of Criminal Defense

The evidence in a criminal case will vary from case to case. An experienced criminal defense attorney is necessary to review the evidence to understand whether the prosecution can prove each element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.

In addition to reviewing the evidence and applying the evidence against the elements of the crime, an experienced criminal defense attorney is necessary to review the investigation and procedure to determine if there are legal technicalities that can be challenged.

Common Examples Criminal Cases that need a Defense

In Arizona, some of the most common types of crimes committed are DUI, theft, drug crimes and assault. However, there are times where more serious crimes are committed that require more in-depth knowledge of the legal system. Crimes such as violent crimes, murder, homicide, sex crimes, aggravated assault and so on.

In every case the number one goal is dismissal of all charges.  If that is not possible in many cases the next best result may be a favorable plea agreement that involves dismissal of the most serious charges to minimize the punishment.   However, in many cases the prosecution may not offer a plea agreement that has a benefit. 

it is imperative to have a criminal defense attorney who has jury trial experience.

In any case where the prosecution does not offer a defendant a benefit by way of a plea offer, the case should be taken to a jury trial. Every defendant has a constitutional right to a trial. The process of a Jury Trial can be lengthy and stressful for an individual as they wait for their fate being decided by a jury of strangers. Therefore, it is imperative to have a criminal defense attorney who has jury trial experience. Michael Alarid, III has extensive jury trial experience.

What Does an Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyer Do?

An Arizona defense lawyer will fight to fully protect and ensure the best interests of those charged with criminal offenses and enforce a plan of action to combat the prosecution.

Your attorney, Michael Alarid, III, will leave no stone unturned to investigate your case. As a trial attorney with proven results in serious criminal cases, he has the understanding and resources to provide the best defense possible.

Can a Criminal Defense Lawyer help before charges are filed?

Yes. The first step in any criminal case will be the investigation. Sometimes the investigation is immediate such as the case in a DUI where the officer witnesses the event. In other cases the investigation may take months or even years if the allegations require subpoenas, search warrants, and extensive witness interviews.

In either case, getting a criminal defense lawyer on your side as early as possible is critical. If you are under arrest for DUI or any other crime, remain silent and ask to call a criminal defense lawyer immediately. If you are under investigation, remain silent when contact by investigators and call a criminal defense lawyer immediately.

If you are under arrest for DUI or any other crime, remain silent and ask to call a criminal defense lawyer immediately.

Once you have called an experienced criminal defense law firm, such as Law Office of Michael Alarid, III, you will have an initial consultation. In this meeting your attorney will sit down with you to learn as much about the case as they can about your background and the investigation.

The initial consultation process sets up a plan of action. Your lawyer will want to understand the events from your perspective. The first interview with an attorney is vital to the case. It provides the building blocks to the defense. At this stage, the ultimate goal would be to shut down the investigation and keep you from being charged with a crime at all.


If I have been arrested for a crime or I have received a summons saying I have been charged with a crime. Do I need a criminal defense lawyer?

Yes. Getting a criminal defense lawyer on your side as early as possible is critical to your defense. You need to meet with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible so the attorney has all the information to analyze the strength of the evidence against you and analyze all possible defenses.

After they complete the interview, the attorney will begin to thoroughly investigate all angles. This is the part where they will gather statements from those involved, seek any potential evidence to support the defense and assess any Arizona laws pertaining to your charges. Essentially, they are building up the facts to support the defense as early in the process as possible. An attorney will look for exculpatory evidence that can combat the prosecution.

Getting a criminal defense lawyer on your side as early as possible is critical to your defense. You need to meet with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible 

After doing research and investigation, the attorney will analyze all the evidence and study every aspect of the case. This process helps the lawyer work out any theories that could work for or against your case. If the case does end up going to trial, having the attorney collecting exculpatory evidence from the beginning is critical.


Top Reasons That Most People Choose to Hire an Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney

The top reasons that most people will choose to hire an Arizona criminal defense attorney instead of defending the case themselves are:

 Protection of Your Constitutional Rights:

The main purpose of a defense lawyer is to protect the constitutional rights of those charged with a crime. If at any time during the matter, a person's rights were violated, it is the job of your attorney to expose those violations and help prove your innocence.

Strategies and Advice:

Many people that have been charged with criminal cases might not understand the full process of criminal justice system. Criminal defense lawyers chose this career path to help defend the rights of those accused with a crime and provide the opportunity for the best possible outcome by using their skills.

Criminal defense attorneys can also give information to teach you about the law so you can stay out of the system. While they are analyzing your case, they offer objective advice to achieve the best possible outcome.

Best Possible Result:

A quality attorney will know the law. They work hard to prove that you are innocent. They are dedicated and want to investigate and examine the entire case from evidence to those involved with the case to get you the best possible result.

Attorneys can speak with prosecutors in ways that defendants defending cases on their own might not will be able to, and the attorney through the years of experience can achieve much better results than a defendant representing themselves.

Other considerations that people choose to hire an attorney over defending the case themselves is because they save time, provide emotional and professional support, have further investigative resources that are favorable to your case, understand the law/procedure, and can achieve better results.


The Law Office of Michael Alarid III PLLC

Final Thoughts

A strong trial attorney in Arizona has the capability of understanding your case and will fight for your rights and protect you throughout the entire process. Hiring attorney Michael Alarid, III will give you the advantage and ability to have someone dedicated to fight for your well-being.

Before speaking to any attorney, give the defense law firm of attorney Michael Alarid, III a call immediately. We are available at any time to setup a free one-on-one consultation to answer any questions regarding your case. Call us at (602) 818-3110

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