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What Happens At My First Court Date?

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2022 | Firm News

Having a criminal case can be scary.  Most of my clients have never been in trouble with the law, they’ve never had to go to court and have never had to hire an attorney. If this is you, don’t worry, you’re not alone.  As one of Phoenix’s busiest criminal defense law firms, we are on the phone all day speaking with potential clients.  The clients who end up hiring us typically have one thing in common – they do not want a criminal conviction on their record.

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Hiring a lawyer achieves two things for them. First and foremost, hiring our team of experienced lawyers ensures that a person is receiving the highest level of legal representation with a goal of achieving the best possible outcome. Do not make the mistake of thinking you will be able to achieve the same outcome for your case that our lawyers will.  When you hire our office, you have an advantage. Our team will work together to make sure a thorough investigation is performed on your case, officers are held accountable and that your future is preserved – conviction free.

Second, hiring our lawyers will make  the entire process as simple as possible for you.  If you are worried about attending the first court date because either you live out of State or you can’t take time off work, don’t be. When you hire us, we act as your personal representative – meaning we step right into your shoes by attending all the hearings on your behalf. The only hearing that you will have to attend is the final resolution hearing. In most cases, we can arrange for the final resolution hearing to be held telephonically, making it easy for you to attend. It’s fairly common for people to ask whether it will look bad if they don’t attend, the answer is no. When you have a lawyer, you are not expected to be part of the process. The judge and prosecutor will not know whether you are or are not present.  They just want to know whether an attorney is representing you.

If you do not have an attorney, you will absolutely have to attend your first hearing. This will make it extremely challenging for people who live out of State or have to take time off work.  The first hearing is just a procedural hearing. The judge will read the charges that you’re facing and will enter a not guilty plea on your behalf. You will not be afforded the opportunity to discuss the facts of your case, meaning this will not be the type of hearing for you to explain your side of the story. As you can see, if you don’t have a lawyer, your time will be wasted by attending this hearing.

Our office policy is to always provide free phone consultations. Even if you don’t hire us, we would be happy to walk you through the process. Be careful when you speak with a law firm who insists that you come into their office for a free consultation. This will typically just result in a high pressure sales pitch.  Also, I would never suggest hiring a law firm who charges for consultations. We can achieve an effective and informative consultation over the phone.  We pride ourselves on being a law firm that is affordable and who you can trust.