If you have been charged with a crime, the whole ordeal can be overwhelming and stressful. You probably want to know what will happen and your likelihood of getting a particular outcome. Unfortunately, when it comes to a criminal case, there is no definite answer as to how your specific situation will play out, especially since each case is different. However, there are factors that can influence the outcome of your criminal case.
The Facts of the Case
Evidence and the facts of your case are known to play a significant role in determining whether you will be charged. Some of the things the court may look into to determine how they will handle your case include the following:
- The credibility and number of witnesses there are against you
- Photos and videos (or lack of) of the crime
- Any admissions you made about the crime
However, how the State obtained this evidence will also be critical as it can determine whether this evidence will be admissible against you.
The Criminal History
If you have a clean record and are free from past convictions, the charges against you are more likely to be reduced or even dismissed. However, if you have past convictions, the prosecutor can use this against you and may be less forgiving when it comes to negotiations about your punishment.
In addition, depending on the crime, there are more substantial penalties for repeat offenders. For instance, in Texas, if you face a second driving while intoxicated (DWI), you may be facing a harsher sentence than a first-time offender.
Every prosecutor has their own way of how they handle their cases. For example, some prosecutors may want to move their cases quickly without going to trial. Others may decide they want to fight each case, which means many of them may end up at trial. However, because the prosecutor has charging authority, any reduction or dismissal of your case will come from the prosecutor.
When it comes to your criminal case, the Judge’s word will be the last word, which means that your case relies heavily on the Judge. However, just as each prosecutor approaches their case differently, so does each Judge. Consequently, the Judge that is assigned to your case can significantly impact the outcome of the case.
The Criminal Defense Attorney You Have
How your criminal defense attorney handles your case, the negotiations, investigations, and arguments can also affect the outcome of your case.
However, working with an experienced criminal defense attorney may help you obtain a more favorable outcome. These legal professionals tend to have a better understanding of what is needed to help reduce or dismiss your charges. They may also have a decent rapport with the court, which can help with negotiations.
Contact Krause Law Firm and Find Out How We Can Help You
If you have been arrested, you probably have many questions about your rights, outcome, and future. However, the legal team at Krause Law Firm is equipped with the knowledge and skill to fight for your case. Contact us today to schedule a free case consultation, or call us at
210-455-1333 and find out how we can help you.