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    What Factors Could Affect the Outcome of My Criminal Case?

    Posted on: January 9th, 2023 by Dod Law

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    Being indicted with criminal charges is never easy. The legal process can be complex, stressful, and full of unknowns. When facing a criminal case, it’s important to understand the factors that could impact your case. This will also hopefully reduce any stress you may have surrounding your case and potential consequences.

    With a better understanding of the factors that can affect your case, you can make more informed decisions and arm yourself with the knowledge to help you succeed. Dod Law, APC’s informed and experienced team has over 18 years of experience representing clients, and we may be able to help you as well.

    What Factors Affect the Outcome of Criminal Cases?

    There are multiple factors that may affect the outcome of your criminal case. Each case is different, and depending on the crime, your criminal record, and a multitude of other details, some of these factors may impact your case more than others. However, a few common aspects that could affect the outcome of a criminal case include: 

    The Evidence Presented

    Evidence is present in every case. Whether it’s a murder trial or simply a speeding ticket, evidence is either used to try and prove that the accused committed a crime, or that the person being accused is not actually guilty. The prosecution must prove their case against the defense beyond a reasonable doubt. 

    This means that the prosecution must present evidence that shows there is no reasonable doubt that the accused person committed the crime.

    Witness Testimony

    Witness testimony can be used in any type of case. However, it’s most common in cases that involve alleged crimes. In criminal cases, witness testimony is used to support the prosecution’s case against the accused person. 

    The prosecution presents witnesses who have an alleged connection to the crime. The witnesses may have seen the crime occur, been near the crime, or have information that connects the accused person to the crime.

    Pre-Trial Motions

    Pre-trial motions are often used to resolve issues that could impact your case. These motions can be filed by either the prosecution or the defense before a trial begins. These motions could include issues such as discovery violations or questions regarding the procedure of the trial. 

    A discovery violation occurs when one of the parties in a case fails to follow the rules or regulations regarding the exchange of information. These violations could impact your case if you are unaware of important information surrounding your case.

    Plea Bargaining

    A plea bargain is a contract between the defense and the prosecution that resolves a criminal case without going to trial. In many cases, the prosecutors offer plea bargains to defense attorneys. 

    If the defense attorney believes that their client would be found guilty if the case went to trial, they can recommend that the client take the prosecution’s plea bargain. A plea bargain is beneficial to both the defense and the prosecution. 

    The Role of a Defense Attorney

    Your attorney has a crucial role in your case. They are responsible for representing you and providing a solid defense. They are also the person who will help you understand what factors could impact your case and can even join investigations in order to find more evidence.

    Your attorney will also provide recommendations for how you can best prepare yourself for your case or trial. You will meet with your attorney throughout your case to discuss strategy, exchange information, and receive updates on your case.

    The Judge’s Discretion

    Judges have wide discretion when deciding a sentence. This means that they can exercise their power to sentence a person in any way they see fit. 

    This discretion can be helpful or harmful, depending on the judge, which is all the more reason why you need to have an experienced, trusted criminal defense lawyer representing you.

    Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney at Dod Law, APC Today

    Don’t delay in securing experienced criminal defense representation if you have been criminally charged. Dod Law, APC provides aggressive and relentless defense for all of our clients, and we will work to make sure you are represented and supported throughout the entire legal process

    Call our San Diego office (619) 814-5110 | Vista office 760-814-6025 or reach out to us with our contact form in order to learn about the many factors that can impact your case and how we may be able to help you reduce your charges.

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