The Importance of Attacking the Charges Against You at the “Intake” Stage
When you are arrested for a crime in Florida, a multi-part process begins. First, the arresting law enforcement officer makes a determination based on his training and experience as to what you should be charged with. You are then taken to jail and booked and charged with those crimes by law enforcement. However, you have not yet been formally charged by the State Attorney’s Office. In order for your case to move forward, an “intake” attorney, or a lawyer who specializes in deciding what crimes should be charged based on the facts, must first review the police reports and other evidence from your case and make a determination as to whether or not to move forward with the charges.
At Taracks & Associates, we know the importance of attacking the charges against you early on. First off, we may be able to convince the intake attorney that the police have made a mistake and that no charges should be filed at all. If this occurs, you case will be formally “no filed” and no legal proceedings against you will ever occur. Second, we may be able to have the charges against you reduced from say, a felony down to a misdemeanor. This can substantially decrease the fines and prison time you are facing and, in many situations, may make you eligible for participation in an intervention program that would allow you to have the charges against you completely dismissed.
At Taracks & Associates, we have over 45 years of combined experience fighting criminal charges. Our firm has attacked thousands of cases at the intake stage, obtaining successful results in having charges reduced or dismissed altogether . For example, early this year we convinced the State not to file Grand Theft charges against our client after we showed the State that he was likely a victim of fraud rather than a criminal himself. In that case, no charges were ever filed whatsoever. In another recent case, we had an attempted murder charge reduced down to an aggravated battery after our client was accused of slashing the victim’s throat. In both of these cases, serious accusations by police were later reduced by experienced intake attorney’s after our firm went the extra mile to push for a reduction or dismissal of the case.
If you have been charged with a crime, call Taracks & Associates today for a free, confidential consultation. Let us put our years of experience to work for you early on. We may be able to have your charges dismissed or, alternatively, reduced, potentially saving you thousands of dollars and prison time. Taracks & Associates – The Advocate For You.