The police have evidence against me - shouldn't I just plead guilty?
While there are cases in which the best option is to accept a plea bargain,
you should never do so without first consulting with a criminal defense
attorney. Even if the police have evidence that tends to prove your guilt,
it may still be possible to beat the charges by demonstrating that the
evidence is insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed
the crime. Sometimes it is possible to have charges dismissed by pointing
out law enforcement's mistakes in gathering the evidence, such as
violating the defendant's Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable
search and seizure. If a plea bargain is your only option, you should
still have your attorney negotiate for a better deal - the prosecutor's
first offer is rarely the best offer available.
How can I avoid conviction for DWI?
Many people who are arrested for
driving while intoxicated give up any hope of avoiding a conviction based on the fact that they
failed a roadside field sobriety test or a blood test. In most cases,
this is a serious mistake. The fact is that drunk driving enforcement
is riddled with problems, and it is often possible to find one or more
errors on the part of law enforcement in this type of case. For example,
many DWI traffic stops are made without probable cause and are therefore
a violation of the defendant's constitutional rights. Police officers
frequently make mistakes in explaining and administering the field sobriety
tests, which are notoriously subjective. Breathalyzer test results can
be skewed by factors such as mouth alcohol or radio frequency interference
from other equipment, and blood test samples are sometimes contaminated
or even accidentally mixed up with other people's samples. Let an
attorney review your case for weaknesses before making any further decisions
about how to proceed.
What is mandatory sex offender registration?
Under state law, many
carry a punishment in addition to a sentence including fines and time
in jail or prison. Being convicted for certain offenses means that the
individual will be required to register as a sex offender. The result
is that the individual will have a profile on a publicly accessible website
that includes information such as a personal photograph, detailed physical
description, vehicle registration information, home address, work address,
and details about the crime.
What is the sentence for a drug crime?
The punishment for a drug-related offense, such as
, depends on several factors. Some drugs are considered to be more dangerous
than others, and, consequently, these carry a harsher penalty. The quantity
of drugs involved is also a factor; if you are found with more drugs than
would be required for personal use, then you may be suspected of possession
with intent to distribute or trafficking. Your existing criminal record
may also be a factor. If this is your first arrest, you may receive a
lighter sentence than if you have previously been convicted of drug crimes.
The penalties can range from fines and probation to a lengthy sentence
How do you prepare a case?
A criminal case can be likened to a war. When I take a case, I do everything
I can to prepare the battlefield for trial. I scour the police report
for mistakes and inconsistencies, because by exposing these mistakes,
I can often gain leverage against the district attorney. I take pride
in knowing the D.A.'s case better than the D.A. knows it when the
case goes to trial. My experience as a prosecutor and my exhaustive legal
knowledge help me to devise tactics that the D.A. has not seen before
and will not expect. This may not be the easiest or fastest way to prepare
a case, but it pays dividends in producing excellent results for my clients.
Why should I hire you?
At the Law Office of John L. Venza Jr., I provide relentless criminal
defense representation to my clients because I know how much is at stake
for your future. With my experience as a former felony prosecutor, I know
how to effectively combat the charges you face and am prepared to take
on the most challenging cases. I am familiar with the judges and district
attorneys in the local courts and have earned a reputation for fighting
aggressively to defend my clients' rights. Contact me now for a free,
confidential consultation to learn more about how I can help you and to
begin working on your defense.