When you are charged with a criminal matter, either by arrest or summons, you must first appear for an arraignment. At arraignment there is a formal reading of the charges and if applicable, a bail argument. If there is a request for bail, your liberty is at stake. You must have counsel make an argument for why bail is not warranted or why the bail that you are requesting is appropriate.
Every case is different and each takes a different path. The facts of each case are unique and dictate the method by which you should proceed. In some cases, a motion to dismiss may be appropriate. In others, a motion to suppress evidence may be the proper path. In some cases, there is a need to request a competency or responsibility evaluation. In all, you may elect a jury or bench trial. At any point, you can elect to render a plea to the Court. Some cases can quite possibly take several paths before trial. It is your absolute right to proceed with each and every of these steps if they are appropriate in your case. To determine this, you need counsel to examine the facts of the case, your circumstances and your record.
Attorney DeBernardis has practiced criminal law since 1999 and has defended clients against a variety of criminal charges. She has experience, and has had success, with motion practice and trial techniques that she will use to effectively and zealously represent you. She is familiar with the Courts in which she practices. She will advise you of all possible courses of action and help you to determine the best method by which you should proceed. It is ultimately your choice but you will be best informed to make that choice in your case.
Contact us to evaluate your case, learn about your individual circumstances and advise you the best course of action for your matter.