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Do The Courts “Go Easy” On A First Time Offender?
First of all, it’s quite likely that your idea of “going easy” and the courts are two different things. For example, you may decide that having been an outstanding citizen for 60 years, paying all your taxes and not having so much as a speeding ticket means they should let you go when you’re charged with a DUI. That’s not going to happen; there is a mandatory minimum, which means that if Jesus, Mother Teresa or Gandhi were convicted of the same crime, they would get the mandatory minimum. The court’s hands are tied.
If you’re charged with something that doesn’t carry a mandatory minimum, courts often will reduce the fines and may give you less, or even no, jail time. In the court’s view, that constitutes “going easy on you.” Getting absolutely nothing will probably never happen; they’re not likely to tell you, you were driving on a suspended license, which is a misdemeanor, but we’re just going to tell you to never do that again; that’s not how it works.
My Friend Successfully Defended Against A Criminal Charge; Will Doing The Same Things Get Me A Similar Result?
There is no way to claim that two similar cases will get the same result, because every case is different, even if they’re the same charge. There are too many factors; they may have been successful because an officer did something wrong, or because they don’t have a criminal history and you do, or their case may have been assigned a different prosecutor.
Most case dispositions are decided on the facts of the case and whether they can prove it. If they have any weaknesses in their case, such as their witness died or moved away or died or they didn’t really see anything, or the police didn’t do a good job or lost the evidence, all of that can affect the outcome. Unless you can see the police report and figure out everything that happened, there is no way to tell how they got that, so there is no guarantee you’ll receive the same outcome.
How Much Time Should it Take to Choose Legal Counsel?
You’ll spend some time looking at attorneys on the Internet, and reading articles written about the area of the law pertaining to your case, but then you’ll have actual meetings with the attorneys, at least two or three of them. After two or three, you’ll start to hear the same things and see the same prices, because the market is competitive and they know what to say to attract people.
One attorney may say you’re in the Kyrene Justice Court, so you may be able to get home detention, while two others advise you there is no home detention there, because that means the first attorney doesn’t handle many DUIs there, since that’s a really important thing to know. In other words, you might be able to weed out attorneys who don’t handle that type of case in that court, so it might be worth it to spend a couple of hours, but no more than that.
Does Hiring An Expensive Attorney Help A Person To Get A Better Result?
Sometimes, the answer is yes, to a certain extent. For example, public defenders have low or no fees, but a ton of clients, so they often have little time to dedicate to your case. By the same token, you don’t want to spend $30,000 on something you can get for $10,000.
The best idea is to find an attorney somewhere in the middle; they not so cheap that they need to take on too many cases to have time for yours, but you also don’t usually need the most expensive attorney out there. Don’t overpay, but it is possible to underpay and get someone who just wants to plea you out and get rid of you, because you’re just wasting your money.
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