When you hire Intermountain Legal in your criminal case you will already know what you are paying for and exactly how we plan to win your case. Your attorneys’ experiences on both sides of the criminal court system offer a unique, successful approach to defending cases that has been proven to work time and time again.
Our winning defense strategy has four main parts:
Step 1: Building a Foundation (Before you call us)
A life-changing case can be determined by small details; you don’t want to leave anything to chance. In order to give us the best chance for success in every case, we begin working to win the case even before it begins. To do this, we work hard to build and maintain relationships with judges and prosecutors. We build credibility by fighting for our clients with passion and professionalism every time we go before a judge or prosecutor. So when your case comes before a prosecutor and a judge, they already know and respect us, and listen as we defend you in court.
Step 2: Learning the Case (When you contact us)
Just like a good doctor must learn everything about a situation before deciding on treatment, our effective lawyers must gain a complete understanding of your case by gathering as much information as possible. When you call us we find out important details by asking you relevant questions and by looking at police reports, witness statements, photographs, lab results, video and audio recordings, and test results. We focus on gathering information about critical details that could make a difference in your case and help you understand the dynamics of defending a criminal charge.
Step 3: Choosing a Strategy (When you hire us)
Once we have a comprehensive understanding of your case, we can then determine what strategy will give you the best chance for success. We use the knowledge we have gained working on both sides of the criminal system to decide which strategy is most likely to get you the result you want. This includes looking at whether the state has credible evidence and if the police strictly followed constitutional procedures.
If we determine that the evidence against you is weak or your constitutional rights were violated, we lay out a clear plan of action for winning your case. Then we stand by you to fight for your rights and challenge the evidence against you. If, however, the case against you is very strong and your best approach is to negotiate, then we use our experience to determine the best way reduce your charges and minimize any potential consequences.
Step 4: Making it Work (When we go to court)
Once we have decided whether to negotiate your case or fight the charges against you, we get to work making it happen. If you have decided to fight the case, we immediately start preparing for trial. We make a witness list showing all of the potential witnesses for and against you. We formulate cross-examination questions and explore inconsistencies that we can use to challenge the credibility of opposing witnesses. We pinpoint the evidentiary holes in the case to show that the allegations are false or exaggerated. We also compile evidence in your favor and determine the most persuasive way to present that evidence to a judge and jury.
When we go to trial, we bring it all together to present a strong and complete defense. We make it clear that no one should be punished for a crime if there is any credible evidence that they may be innocent. We make sure the jury and the judge see any and all of the evidence of your innocence and we focus all of our time and energy to convincing a jury that they cannot convict if they have even the smallest doubt about your guilt.
If you have decided not to fight the case, and you choose to negotiate instead, we negotiate from a position of strength. We compile all the reasons why you deserve to have the case dropped or the charges reduced. We then sit down with the prosecutor and use our experience in prosecution to present the case in a way that is most likely to get you the best deal. We tell the story from your perspective, fill in details missing from the police report, explain personal circumstances that contributed to the incident, provide evidence of the good things you have done in your life, point out the unnecessary cost to the prosecutor for pursuing the case, and emphasize potential problems if they take their case to trial. This strategy has had huge success getting many charges dropped or reduced, trading jail time for community service, keeping charges off clients’ records, and reducing fines and other consequences.