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The Criminal Defense Process

The criminal defense process can be frightening, confusing, intimidating, and complicated, especially for those who have never been involved in the criminal justice system previously. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney handling your case as early as possible is imperative; the sooner you are represented, the more effective your defense may be and the more options you may have. The criminal justice system can be cold and impersonal; your defense attorney is the only one who cares about you and will be your advocate, protecting your rights, and advancing your best interests. That is why it is vital that you put a tough, experienced attorney on your side right from the start.

The Roark Law Firm focuses much of its practice on criminal defense in and around the Twin Falls, Magic Valley area. Having handled over 500 trials, our attorneys have extensive courtroom experience and are highly-respected in this field. It is never a good idea to speak with the police before you have spoken with an attorney. If the police start asking questions, exercise your legal right to remain silent; anything you say to anyone may later be used against you. You should also exercise your right to an attorney by contacting a Twin Falls criminal defense lawyer at the Roark Law Firm immediately.

How the Process Works

Law enforcement must have probable cause before you can be arrested and charged with a crime. This may be based on a search, seizure, interrogation or other police procedure, which must be conducted according to current law. You are never required to speak with the police, you do not have to answer any questioning by law enforcement and you should not do so until you have an attorney present.

After an arrest, you are generally taken to a police station or jail where you will be booked, fingerprinted, photographed, searched, and questioned. After this, formal charges will be filed against you. You will next appear in court at an arraignment where you will hear the charges and make your plea. The matter of bail is then decided and your next court appearance will be set. Again, you should never plead guilty to any crime unless and until you have spoken to an attorney.

Following the arraignment, pre-trial conferences and hearings will ensue. In these meetings, you must appear. Matters concerning your case will be discussed between your defense attorney and the prosecution, such as possible plea bargains and other details concerning your case. Because our legal team consists of former prosecutors, we have a keen insight into how your case will be approached or developed at this point. Our attorneys don't believe in taking a plea bargain unless and until all other options are ruled out after close consultation with our client. We aren't afraid to take your case to trial and the prosecutors know it – that is one of the main reasons we have been so successful in representing our clients.

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