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Criminal Law Overview

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When people call our law firm with questions about the Criminal charges against them, they are scared that they may end up in Jail, or that they will have a permanent conviction on their record. They do not know how to defend themselves, are uncertain of the legal process and unaware of their options within it. You need a lawyer to provide reassurance, answer your questions, and exhaust every single avenue in your defense. In sum, people charged with a crime need to know that their lawyer will truly fight for them. If you or a family member has been charged with a serious crime, you are facing what may be a tough road ahead. Many thoughts are running through your mind concerning consequences, such as jail or prison time and affect these charges will have on both you and your loved ones. Getting the advice of an experienced and effective Criminal Defense Lawyer can significantly increase your chances of receiving the best possible outcome.

If you have been accused of a crime, no matter how serious, you have the right to an attorney. You have a right to remain silent in the face of police questioning. You have a right to due process. A knowledgeable Criminal Defense Lawyer can make sure that your rights are protected. You may apply for a public defender, but his/her paycheck comes from the government, not you. His/Her caseload is probably 2—4 times what a private attorney’s caseload will be, so don’t expect much personal attention. In law, as in life, you really do get what you pay for, which isn’t worth much. It is in your best interest to hire an experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer to protect your rights. Contact us Online or call +92(0)3332244634 / 3002176393 to schedule a consultation. You can put your trust in us during these turbulent times.

Our firm is prepared to offer compassion, understanding and aggressive defense to both adults and juveniles accused of crimes.

Steps In The Criminal Justice Process:

It would be impossible for this website to fully inform you of every step in the Criminal Justice process of Pakistan and United Arab Emirates. What you basically need to understand at this point is that it is a process with many steps and some things have to happen before certain steps while other things have to happen after certain steps. It is that it is a road we have walked a thousand times before and can guide you along the way.

Most Criminal Cases start with an arrest. A law enforcement officer may arrest you if the officer has probable cause to believe that a person has committed a specific crime. People, who remain in custody for 48 hour after arrest, will be brought in front of a Judge to determine if you will be released on bail or on your own recognizance (ROR) with the promise that you will appear in court. Releases on recognizance are rare, though. Don’t expect one. Rather, plan to post bail. As a general rule, it is a very good idea for you to arrange to have an Attorney present at the bail hearing if possible so that we can argue for a lower bail or that you be released on his own recognizance. We have frequently seen much better bail results when the arrested person had an Attorney present at the First Appearance hearing.

After this first step you will proceed to arraignment (which may be as little as 90 days and as much as four years later) where the Judge explains the charges to you and explains the right to have an Attorney for representation, and most importantly, his/her right to have a jury trial in any Criminal case in which jail time could be imposed. If it has not already been done, a bail amount and/or other conditions of release may be set at the Arraignment or later on.

After arraignment is when things really start moving a little more quickly. We will serve a formal request for discovery and the District Attorney or Solicitor—General’s Office must give us all the documentation that they have in their possession that relates to your case. This documentation generally includes the police reports, transcripts of any tapes of statements that you made or other witnesses made during the initial investigation and any videos or recordings that were obtained at the time of arrest. Occasionally, there is a small out of pocket copying and processing cost associated with obtaining these reports which must be paid before the police reports, copies of statements and other discovery material will be provided.

After discovery, we may file additional motions based on what was contained within the discovery. These might include motions to suppress tangible evidence and motions to suppress your statement. Other motions might include attempts to sever co—defendants from each other (so each gets their own trial) and motions to demand that the state produce certain witnesses at trial rather than relying on their previous statements or reports.

We will make attempts to minimize the amount of risk and uncertainty that you have to bear at trial by negotiating with the state for an agreed outcome of some sort. This “plea bargaining” process usually involves both sides compromising toward an outcome that, while not ideal for either side, is an acceptable alternative to trial.

If no resolution has been reached during the settlement phase, the case will then be set for a Bench or Jury Trial. In all cases, you enter trial presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. It is the burden of the prosecutor to present evidence to the jury that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The burden of proof rests with the state to prove each essential element of the offense charged in an indictment beyond a reasonable doubt. Obviously, it is our goal to cast as much doubt on the state’s case as we can.

This is a very short, brief overview of the process. It is much more complicated than this, which is why you should not try to walk this road alone. Give us a call; we can help.