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Arrested for the First Time?

First Time Offenders 

Being accused of a crime for the first time is an extremely stressful and confusing time for all involved. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side can make this nightmare come to a satisfying resolution. 

Fight the Charges Early

You have a better chance of winning your criminal case if you fight early than if you wait till after the charges have been formally filed. Once you have been arrested the prosecutor will go try to interview all the parties involved including any alleged victims. Your attorney can step in at this point of the process and explain your side of the story and introduce any evidence on your behalf to prove to the prosecutor that your conduct did not rise to the level of a criminal offense. If you let the prosecutor only hear one side you are already at a disadvantage. If the prosecutor still feels that a crime occurred, your attorney can try to obtain either a reduction of the charges to something less serious or can obtain a resolution like the Pre-Trial Intervention Program, which guarantees the dismissal of your case after successfully completing the program.

Pre-Trial Intervention Program

The State Attorney’s Office runs this program with the use of local non-profit agencies. This program is only offered to first time offenders for misdemeanors and certain felonies. Attorney Antonio Jimenez has successfully enrolled many clients into this program and their cases were dismissed at the end after successfully completing the program. The program runs from 3 months (for certain misdemeanors) to 6 months and includes community service hours and sometimes classes like anti-theft, values, drugs, etc. If you qualify for this program and wish to enroll, Mr. Jimenez will work hard to get you into the program so your charges can be dismissed and your record cleaned.

Expungement/Sealing

One of the main benefits of working with Antonio Jimenez is that the cleaning of your record is included in his representation. You only have to pay the actual costs of the cleaning but the legal fees are waived if you hired Mr. Jimenez to defend your case. Many other attorneys will charge you extra to clean your record. 

An experienced criminal defense lawyer should explain every step of the process and what options you may have. Since this is a first arrest, your attorney will be able to negotiate more freely than if you had multiple priors in your past. Attorney Antonio Jimenez has represented hundreds of clients who were first time offenders. Contact him today for a free consultation to discuss your case and to explain your options.