Our San Diego criminal defense attorney at the Griffin Law Office, APC, knows whether our California clients are facing state or federal charges, stepping inside a courtroom can be an intimidating, stress-inducing experience — even if it is just to understand their charges.
This means the prospect of their case going to trial can be overwhelmingly terrifying.
The good news is not everyone we represent will have to deal with the anxiety of a trial. Whether your California criminal case goes to court depends on various factors, including the specific details of your case, the evidence available, and the decisions made by the prosecution and our defense team.
Here is why that is true.
Dismissal or No Charges Filed
If there is insufficient evidence or the prosecution determines that pursuing charges is not in the public interest, your case may be dismissed and not go to court.
In many cases, the accused and their attorney may reach a plea bargain agreement with the prosecution before trial. This involves negotiating a lesser charge or a reduced sentence in exchange for a guilty plea. If an agreement is reached, your case may not go to trial.
Pretrial Diversion or Probation
Sometimes, our clients may be eligible for pretrial diversion or probation programs, which can lead to charges being dropped or reduced if they complete specific requirements. This would mean their case does not go to trial.
Challenging Evidence During a Preliminary Hearing
Our California criminal defense attorney will be ready to proceed to trial when the strength of our case supports the decision. However, before we get there, we may challenge whether sufficient evidence exists to proceed to trial. If the judge finds that there is not enough evidence, the case may be dismissed.
Proceeding to Trial
We work closely with our clients to decide whether a trial is the best course of action, or if a plea agreement cannot be reached, the case will proceed to trial in court — and we will be ready.
Ultimately, working closely with our criminal defense team will help you understand your options and the likelihood of your case going to trial. We can help you make informed decisions about your defense strategy and guide you through the legal process based on the specific circumstances of your case.
Contact Our Skilled San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney Today
Contact our skilled San Diego County criminal defense attorney at the Griffin Law Office today to learn more about your legal rights and options to seek the best outcome for your case by calling 619-269-2131 today.