When you have been accused of committing a crime, one of the best options available to you is to try to get the charges dropped. Getting the charges dropped means that you do not need to go to court and take a chance on the outcome of the jury in your case. When you get charges dropped, this also makes it possible to have the details of the accusation expunged from your record in the future so that the charges cannot be seen by employers or in a background check.
Unfortunately, it is not always possible to get charges dropped in a San Diego criminal case. An experienced San Diego criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of Domenic J. Lombardo can assist you in exploring the options available to you and doing everything you can under the circumstances of your case to get the charges to go away.
How to Get Charges Dropped in a San Diego Criminal Case
When you get charges dropped in a San Diego criminal case, this means that the case does not move forward to a criminal trial. This can occur if the prosecutor realizes that there is insufficient evidence to go forward against you or decides for some other reason that you should not be prosecuted for the crime. You may also petition the court in order to have the case dismissed and the charges dropped. You can do this if you have a compelling legal reason that the case should not proceed against you.
Typically, the most common situations where it is possible to get charges dropped in a San Diego criminal case is if you can convince either the prosecutor or the judge that your guilt cannot be proven in court beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutors do not usually bring cases unless they believe they have enough evidence, but there are things you can do to try to keep that evidence from being used to secure a conviction.
If the evidence was collected illegally in violation of your constitution rights, it can be suppressed. This means that the prosecutor would not be allowed to show the evidence to a jury or present it in the case against you in court. There are a variety of different constitutional protections within the legal system that exist such as your right to remain silent, your right to a lawyer and your right to be free from illegal search and seizure. If police interrogated you in an inappropriate way; refused your request for a lawyer or searched your car, home or person without justification, then you can make an argument that the evidence they collected should be suppressed. If you are successful, the prosecutor may not be able to go forward with the case against you.
This is just one of several potential ways to try to get charges dropped in a San Diego case. The experienced criminal defense lawyers at the Law Office of Domenic J. Lombardo can assist you throughout the process of preparing for court and will do everything possible to help you get the charges dropped. Call today to schedule a consultation and learn more.