What is Early Intervention?
Early intervention refers to the window of time between a defendant being arrested and their charges being filed, usually at their arraignment. A well-connected, seasoned criminal defense attorney can contact the prosecuting agency and convince them that there is insufficient evidence to successfully prosecute.
By utilizing an early intervention specialist it’s possible to have a case dismissed, dropped, or delayed without any effect on one’s criminal record. If this window of opportunity closes (24-48 hours), it can result in criminal charges being filed that may have otherwise been avoidable.
Why It’s Effective
Think of it this way: In law, no one likes to waste time, and certainly not the prosecution as they have a multitude of cases. So, if they are going to go through the trouble of starting a case against you, they very well intend to finish it with a victory in their favor in the form of a conviction, UNLESS someone is there to stop them from starting the process early on. This is the reason you need a lawyer by your side as soon as possible.
What are the Possible Outcomes of Early Intervention?
In the best case scenario, an attorney can convince the District Attorney not to file charges and completely throw out the case before the arrestees first court appearance. In effect you will be free to go, and there will be nothing on your record.
Another option is to have the filing of the case delayed, based on not enough evidence. This option will release you from custody, while the prosecution collects more evidence to determine what exact charge, if any to charge you with. There is a chance it may be filed later, or the case may be dropped entirely. However, the good news is that you are out of jail and able to get on with your life.
In the case of a wobbler, where the charge can sway between a felony or misdemeanor, the attorney can convince the prosecution to file as a misdemeanor, rather than a felony. In this instance, it’s much more likely to be released on OR as well. Obviously, avoiding the felony charge is paramount to your freedom.
How Do I Intervene Early?
A person suspected or arrested for wrongdoing should never make a statement to law enforcement or a prosecutor without first consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney. When you arrive at the police station, you have at least one free phone call. Use this call to contact a loved one that they will contact your attorney. Better yet, have an expert criminal defense lawyer’s number on your phone or in your wallet that you can contact directly.
In short, your best strategy is as follows:
- Say NOTHING to the Police
- Retain a lawyer IMMEDIATELY
Getting an aggressive lawyer by your side within hours of the arrest is the key.
Early Intervention Specialist
A criminal arrest is not something you should or can take lightly. Not only do you stand to face a number of legal penalties, but you could also face other consequences that last for some time. We cannot stress enough the importance of retaining a lawyer to fight your case ASAP. We’re here to help. Give us a call if you’ve or your loved one has been arrested in Southern California.
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Seppi Esfandi is a Specialist in Criminal Law who has over 16 years of practice defending a variety of criminal cases.