If you are facing criminal charges, you are not simply defending yourself against an accuser but against the government itself. The stakes are high and the risks are real. But there are many ways to resolve these cases. Each path for resolution presents unique advantages and disadvantages, which is why it is so important to secure criminal defense from the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara.
What can happen in a criminal case?
As there are several ways that a criminal case may be resolved, there are several legal strategies that your attorney may explore and recommend. This depends on the details of your case, but below is a general overview of the possible outcomes of a criminal court case.
- Dismissal: This means that the prosecutor has decided not to go forward with the case because of either a problem with evidence or a problem with their case (e.g., a witness dies or recants his testimony). A court can also dismiss a case for lack of evidence, either with or without prejudice (dismissed forever or can be reopened, respectively). A dismissal does not mean that your criminal record is clear; you may still have to expunge your record to remove the arrest and charges.
- Plea Bargain/Guilty Plea: This is an agreement made by the prosecutor and the defendant to allow the defendant to plead guilty (such as to a lesser charge) and face agreed upon penalties rather than risk harsher penalties if convicted at trial. It allows the prosecutor and the defense to avoid a trial and instead find a mutually agreeable set of terms and conditions under which they will enter the guilty plea. In order to plead guilty, a defendant must have a complete understanding of his rights.
- Mistrial: This means the trial for some reason was not completed. It may be due to witness problems, jury problems, issues of law, or failure by the jury to reach a final verdict. In some cases, the prosecution may retry the case.
- Trial: The trial can be by judge or jury and will generally result in a finding of guilty or not guilty. Remember, this means that either the facts presented prove that the defendant committed the alleged crime beyond a reasonable doubt or the prosecution was unable to meet this standard, respectively. If the finding is not guilty, the case is over. If the finding is guilty, the case moves to sentencing where the judge determines the appropriate punishment, whether that includes prison, fines, probation, community service, or other punitive measures.
Secure Legal Representation if Facing Criminal Charges in Colorado
Knowing and understanding what is at stake is critical to defending yourself from criminal charges. Secure criminal defense help from the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara to review the facts of your case and discuss the various outcomes you can pursue within the criminal justice system. Contact the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara at 720-379-8262.