Trial work does not only mean representation of a client before a jury. It is a fact of the criminal justice system that most cases (usually about 85% of the cases in state court, 97% in federal court) result in a negotiated plea of guilty. We are able to negotiate favorable pleas in cases where trial is not an option. We have successfully negotiated pleas that were satisfactory to his clients in many cases. We know the effects of a guilty plea can be long lasting, and we will attempt to negotiate a plea that may allow you to clear your record at a later date.
We are also aware that for clients that are non-citizens, there may be deportation consequences to what seem like favorable dispositions of their criminal cases and will negotiate a deal that will avoid deportation.
The first goal of representation in a criminal case is to avoid charges or seek dismissal of charges, so you can resume your normal life without the stigma of a criminal conviction. Where avoidance or dismissal of charges is not possible, the second goal of representation in a criminal case is to avoid a sentence of incarceration, or, where that is not possible, to minimize that incarceration. Trial representation must include effective representation at sentencing, either because of a negotiated plea of guilty, or because there has been a conviction at trial. We have represented clients successfully at sentencing in both state and federal court. We have obtained sentences for clients in recent cases that are half what the government asked or. We are familiar with the sentencing guidelines, both in state and federal court, which strongly influence the sentence you may face. We will work with the probation officer who prepares the pre-sentence investigative report that is sent to the judge, which usually influences the sentence you receive, and will prepare you for meeting with the probation officer, and for speaking to the court at your sentencing.