Are You Considering a Seattle Criminal Attorney?

Whatever charge you are facing, a Seattle criminal attorney can ensure that your rights are protected and help you assess your legal options.

Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or a Class A felony, the charge against you can have serious consequences in your life. Depending on the severity of the charge, a finding of guilt can result in jail time, fines, loss of certain rights including the right to vote and the right to possess a firearm, and a conviction on your permanent record, among other things. A Seattle criminal attorney can help you navigate through the Washington legal system.

• A Seattle criminal attorney will work to uphold your rights at every stage in your case. He or she will investigate all of the circumstances surrounding your case to uncover any potential issues that could aid in your defense. This will include comprehensive research into the legal and factual background of your case. A Seattle criminal attorney will ensure that law enforcement conducted their investigation properly. He or she will consider all the prosecution’s evidence against you, but your Seattle criminal attorney will also conduct addition case investigation to find additional information that will aid in your defense. This may include searching out video and audio evidence, interviewing witnesses, consulting experts, visiting the scene, and other evidence collection.

• A Seattle criminal attorney will be able to assess the strength of the evidence in your case. A Seattle criminal attorney will carefully consider the evidence against you with reference to the applicable law. He or she will determine which evidence is likely to be admissible in court, and he or she will explain your chances at trial based on the admissible evidence. Your Seattle criminal attorney will challenge evidence that has been improperly collected, that is unreliable, or that is inadmissible for any other reason under applicable law and the rules of evidence. If any challenged evidence is admitted, your Seattle criminal attorney may note objections which may then be used in future appeals should your case be decided against you. After these pre-trial motions are decided, your Seattle criminal attorney can reassess your case based on the evidence that will actually be admitted at trial. He or she will be able to discuss your options and the likely strengths and weaknesses of your case in the eyes of a jury.

• In the early stages of your case, your Seattle criminal attorney will begin negotiations with the prosecutor’s office based on the particular issues in your case that are favorable to your defense. Depending on the circumstances of your case, your Seattle criminal attorney’s negotiations may result in a dismissal of the charge, a reduction of the charge against you, or an agreed sentencing recommendation that is favorable to you. Importantly, your Seattle criminal attorney will have the legal knowledge to assess any offer that the prosecution makes. Your Seattle criminal attorney will be able to advise you on whether the prosecution’s offer is reasonable in light of the law, the normal sentencing ranges, any mandatory minimum sentences, maximum possible sentences, and, most importantly, in light of all the circumstances of your individual case.

• A Seattle criminal attorney will also prepare and carry out your defense in a jury trial should you choose to exercise your right to a jury trial after assessing all of your legal options. At this point, your Seattle criminal attorney will have thoroughly investigated your case and possibly will have made pre-trial motions to suppress certain evidence. Based on all of this information, your Seattle criminal attorney will craft the best possible defense in your case. Your Seattle criminal attorney will develop a theory of the case to present to the jury, tying together the facts and evidence and pointing out all of the weaknesses in the case against you. He or she will craft an opening statement, organize evidence, develop a list of witnesses that will testify on your behalf, develop questions and points for cross-examination of prosecution witnesses, put together exhibits, and craft a closing argument to the jury. On the day of trial, your Seattle criminal attorney will work to carefully during jury selection to make sure that your case is heard by a fair and impartial jury. Throughout the trial, your Seattle criminal attorney will ensure that all proper procedures are followed by the court and by the prosecution. Your Seattle criminal attorney will make necessary objections to ensure that your rights are upheld, including your right to appeal based on any errors during the trial in the event that the case is decided against you.

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