Your Line Of Defense Against Criminal Charges
If you are facing criminal charges, you may feel overwhelmed and worried about your future. The repercussions of a criminal conviction may have an impact on not only your freedom but also your finances, reputation and job options. The most important thing you can do for yourself is to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer who is ready to fight for you.
Beyond helping you maintain your innocence, our attorneys at Platt, Thompson and Buescher, will work to have your charges reduced or dismissed or even try to prevent them from being filed after an arrest. Craig Platt, our lead criminal attorney, has decades of experience and a track record of stellar results.
You can trust us to fight for you from start to finish. We have represented thousands of clients in every type of criminal case. We often handle:
- Serious felony cases – such as murder, sexual assault and drug offenses
- DUI – and related drunk driving offenses
- Domestic violence – including issues regarding no-contact orders
- Gun crimes
- Vacating or expunging criminal records – as well as sealing records and restoring gun rights
Being Charged With A Crime Does Not Make You A Criminal
Your defense does not need to prove your innocence. Our criminal justice system presumes you are innocent. The prosecution in your case bears the burden of proving that you committed the crime.
A crime is like a recipe. Certain ingredients, in the right amounts, must be used in order to get a recipe right. Likewise, each crime consists of “elements” which must be established in a particular way, by competent and admissible, legally obtained evidence, in order for the jury to find you guilty of a crime. Every single juror must be convinced that the prosecution has proven each and every element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.
“Beyond a reasonable doubt” is the highest and toughest burden of proof in court. It means that no doubt exists based on reason and common sense after a careful and impartial consideration of all the evidence. This is a difficult task for any prosecutor.
Our Role As Your Defense Team
It is absolutely critical to have a good attorney who will review all of the evidence and details of your case. We leave no stone unturned when we review a case, looking for ways to exclude illegal or unreliable evidence, reduce charges, find holes in a witness’s testimony or find alternative theories of the case.
Trial attorneys are storytellers at heart. Our attorneys are persuasive orators who will craft a theory and devise a theme of the case and then artfully present and guide the jury through a convincing narrative that creates doubt.
We tailor every defense to each client’s case. The legal defenses you have available will depend on the charges. For example, we may develop a self-defense argument if you are charged with assault or murder. The sooner we begin working on your case, the sooner we can start building your defense.
Does Every Case Go To Trial?
A defense lawyer is also a practiced negotiator. Not every client wants their case to go to trial. The stronger we can build your defense case, the more bargaining power we have, which may urge the prosecutor to resolve the matter without a trial. It is crucial to have a lawyer who can effectively present a case to the prosecutor in a way that will provide for meaningful negotiation.