Being charged with a crime is a frightening experience, and one that can put your freedom and future at stake. Although potential penalties and criminal records are concerning, they are not automatic when an allegation has been made against you. Remember, our criminal justice system is built on the presumption of innocence – meaning that you are innocent until proven guilty.
Because you are innocent until proven otherwise, it becomes the government's burden to prove that you committed a crime beyond all reasonable doubt. This being the case, you have the opportunity to challenge their allegations, version of the facts, and assertion that you committed a criminal offense – and you have the right to work with an attorney when doing so.
Our Ventura criminal defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert are passionate about defending the rights of individuals who have been charged with all types of offenses, from DUI and misdemeanors to the most serious felony crimes. We take pride in leveraging our experience and insight as former police officers and a former prosecutor to build the strongest defense strategies possible.
Although every case is different and every defense unique to the facts involved, there are some general components of a strong defense. These include:
- Analyzing law enforcement – Law enforcement is how individuals enter the criminal justice system. Whether the result of an unexpected stop, an investigation, or a planned raid, arrests are conducted by law enforcement agencies (such as local police, Highway Patrol, federal authorities, and more). When conducting investigations, performing searches, and making arrests, law enforcement officers must abide by the law and rules of procedure. This includes meeting requirements to treat suspects fairly, as well as having reasonable suspicion or probable cause to conduct a search and seizure. As such, investigating the circumstances surrounding your arrest and the actions of law enforcement officers is a critical part of any defense. Should it be discovered that protocol was not following before, during, or after an arrest, it can make for significant breaks in a case, including the dismissal or key evidence or the dismissal of a case altogether.
- Challenging evidence – As former prosecutors, we know the government needs to establish strong and convincing evidence against a defendant in order to gain a conviction. As such, challenging that evidence – on a case-by-case basis – is critical to a defense. As examples, this may involve challenging the accuracy of chemical tests in DUI cases, challenging witness identification or testimony, and arguing other evidence in order to negate or disprove them as connecting a defendant to a crime.
- Exploring options – Aside from customizing defense strategies, including challenges to law enforcement conduct, evidence, and arguments regarding intent, motive, and more, a strong defense case requires exploration of all available options. Depending on the circumstances, this can include options seeking the best possible result, such as reduced charged, reduced penalties, alternative sentencing options or diversion, and more.
Our legal team at Wilfert Law P.C. is fully prepared to devote the time and resources your defense deserves from the moment you reach out for help. If you wish to discuss the allegations you or a loved one face, what we can do to build a strong defense, and how you can get started, contact us for a free and confidential consultation.