What are pre-trial motions and where do they fit into the criminal court
process? Pre-trial motions are handled differently and even at different
stages in the criminal process depending on the jurisdiction. The subject
of main importance here is how pre-trial motions can benefit criminal
proceedings for the defendant.
At The Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, we use every legal means possible
to secure a successful case outcome for our clients. Often that means
utilizing the stage of the process known as pre-trial motions.
It is important to remember that these motions are filed before trial,
so the primary objective with these motions is to get various pieces of
evidence or testimony excluded from trial. Many Orange County criminal
defense attorneys might shy away from filing these types of motions, but
we have found they are often successful in helping our clients' cases.
Pre-trial motions can also be successful in beginning plea negotiating.
Whether or not a defendant should accept a plea agreement differs from
case to case and is highly dependent on the specific circumstances of
each case, but in many cases, plea agreements are helpful in securing
reduced sentences or even partial dismissal of charges.
Our Orange County criminal lawyers have also come to understand that pre-trial
motions can also be a valuable paper trial if initially the defendant
is declared guilty but that conviction is later appealed. The more technicalities
are raised in the pre-trial stage, the better the chances of winning an appeal.
Your attorney should only file pre-trial motions when they would be beneficial
to a case, which requires a certain level of discernment. Our law firm
only files these motions when we firmly believe they will benefit our
client and the ultimate outcome of the case. To learn more about pre-trial
motions and criminal cases, contact our firm!