If you are facing criminal charges, the two best conclusions you likely are hoping for are either to secure a not-guilty verdict or to simply have your charges dropped. It may seem like having your charges dropped is a long shot. But depending on the circumstances of your case, it may be possible. And, when you work with the right attorney who has the experience and knowledge of how to get a prosecutor to drop charges, then you improve your chances of getting this desired outcome.
In California, Will Bruzzo is an Orange County criminal defense attorney who knows how to secure results. There could be several facets of your case that may be used to convince the prosecutor to drop your charges. Attorney Bruzzo will know what to look for and what to do to help you secure the best possible outcome.
Possible Ways to Get Your Charges Dropped
Believe it or not, there are many different avenues your attorney might explore to get your charges dropped. The most common six ways include:
- The presence of exculpatory evidence can be used to show a prosecutor that they will be unable to win their case against you and that it is doubtful that, with such evidence, a jury will find you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Strong exculpatory evidence shows that the defendant did not commit the alleged crime.
- Certain criminal offenses may have the potential for joining a pretrial diversion program. Typically, these programs are only offered to first-time offenders without a criminal history and whose crime was a misdemeanor. Driving under the influence or shoplifting are two examples where successful completion of a pretrial diversion program could apply and a defendant could get their charges dropped.
- A defendant who is willing to cooperate with the prosecution could have their charges dropped or lessened.
- A defendant facing multiple charges may be able to enter into a plea bargain where if they plead guilty to certain charges, others will be dropped.
- A defendant who had their constitutional rights violated by law enforcement may be able to keep any evidence obtained in such a way from being used during trial. As a result, the prosecution may have little evidence to secure a guilty verdict and may need to resort to dropping the charges.
- If the prosecution does not have sufficient evidence in a domestic violence case and the victim does not continue to cooperate with them, charges may be dropped.
It is essential to know your options when you are facing criminal charges. Equally important is having an attorney who knows the system and can scrutinize every aspect of your case to determine the best course of action to help you overcome your charges.
Speak to an Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney Today
The details of your criminal charges matter, and it could be possible to have your charges dropped. For more information, you are welcome to call the Orange County criminal defense attorney at The Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo at (714) 547-4636. Initial consultations are complimentary.