Our Akron Criminal Defense Lawyers Serve Clients Throughout Summit County, Portage County, Stark County & Medina County
In 2010 our state saw 34,000 violent crimes, 319,000 theft crimes and 340,000 property crimes. DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder can make sure you have the representation needed if you are under investigation for a crime. Knowing that the police or a detective is interested in your activity can be a frightening and stressful time. You may have received phone calls from detectives or an officer may have shown up at your work. During this time you may feel that you have nowhere to turn and that you are not completely sure of your rights. Our firm offers many pre-charge legal services. We are dedicated to protecting your rights and making sure that you understand any charges you may be facing.
Our firm understands that criminal proceedings can be traumatic, let alone the conviction. With permanent documentation on your record you may be unable to experience certain liberties as you did before. A criminal conviction can prevent you from obtaining loans, housing, and even employment. Depending on the nature of the crime you may be considered ineligible to vote or own a firearm and your traveling ability can be restricted. Before this happens to you it is best to contact an attorney who will shield you from any violation of your rights and work to give you the best chance possible under a criminal investigation. Our services include:
- Voluntary surrender agreement
- Plea arrangements
- Explanation of rights
- Strategies to reduce charges or dismiss charges
- Bail hearings
- Enforcement of your rights
If you are proactive in the protection of your rights during a criminal investigation, charges may not be filed, a reduced charge may be filed, or you may be given an extended period of time in which to prepare a defense. You should not waste time contacting an attorney when your future is on the line.
Your Constitutional Rights
Many individuals contact our firm with questions related to their rights. DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder urges you to take control over your situation before it is too late. While you think it might be best to wait until you are charged, that is probably not the best option for you. Contacting an attorney before you are formally given charges, may allow you to create a stronger defense or give you other options when it comes time to submit a plea. We have been able to work out arrangements with the district attorney in the past, and we may be able to meet with the district attorney to negotiate a plea bargain before charges are even filed. Until you make the decision to speak with an attorney, please remember your rights:
- You have the right to remain silent, this includes refusal to speak with the police or an investigator
- You can request an attorney to be present when speaking with police
- You can have an attorney speak to police and detectives on behalf of your interests
- You have the right to enforce or protect your Constitutional rights
About Plea Arrangements
A plea arrangement, or plea bargain is a negotiation between the defendant and his or her attorney and the prosecutor. The defendant will typically plead “guilty” or “no contest” to some of the crimes in return for a reduction in sentencing, a dismissal of some charges, or the prosecution’s ability to recommend a particular sentence. An example of a recommendation is an individual who is charged with a sex crime pleads guilty during the plea bargain in exchange for the opportunity to not have to register as a sex offender. An attorney can help you during the plea bargain process and make sure your interests are strongly represented.