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Criminal Defense Attorneys in Sandusky

Here to Guide You through the Criminal Procedure

After being charged with a crime, it is important to get in touch with our firm as soon as possible. Regardless of how polite or optimistic the people talking with you might be, you need to understand that law enforcement and the government are not intent on helping you. Instead, they are intent on incarcerating you.

Protect yourself by discussing your case with our team of trusted and experienced Sandusky criminal defense lawyers.

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Bailey Legal Group is a second-generation firm with a history of success and a drive to help people like you overcome legal obstacles and move forward with their lives.

Don’t discuss your case with anyone before speaking with a trusted attorney from Bailey Legal Group. Contact us online or call us today at (419) 462-9986.

Can I Refuse a Search by the Police?

Unless you are told otherwise by law enforcement, it is your right to leave a conversation with a police officer. Our firm encourages people in this situation to be polite, but firm in their refusal of a search or interview. If you are told that you cannot leave, do not give out any specific information except basic identification.

What Happens after an Arrest?

After an arrest, indictment, or complaint, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. These are typically the beginning of your case and it’s important to start out on the right foot.

After an arrest, the criminal procedure typically includes the following:

  • Arraignment: The charges against you will be read in open court and you will have the opportunity to plea Not Guilty, argue for reasonable bail, and request a pretrial and preliminary hearing. It’s important to dress in conservative, professional clothing for this appearance and to be polite to everyone you meet.
  • Preliminary Hearing: In this formal court hearing, the government must prove that a crime was committed and that you were probably the person who committed the crime. This is a valuable time for you and your legal team to learn about the evidence against you and create a strategy.
  • Pretrial: During pretrial, your lawyer, the judge, and the prosecutor discuss logistics and issues concerning your case. You must attend this, and, again, it is important to dress in your best clothes and make a good impression.
  • Discovery: Your attorney must request and the government must provide all the evidence against you. During this phase, your attorney can meet with experts, investigate further, and interview more people to attempt to weaken the government’s case.
  • Motion Hearings: In some cases, your attorney may make requests of the court by filing a motion on your behalf. These requests could be suppressing evidence that was obtained unconstitutionally or other matters that could greatly affect your case. Your attendance is necessary, and you should dress your best.
  • Trial: This is your opportunity to tell your story before the judge and jury. Your attorney will cross-examine the opposition’s evidence and then present your case. The jury will decide the outcome of your case. Remember to arrive at least 15 minutes early, make sure you look clean and presentable and wear your best clothes.
  • Sentencing, Post-Trial, and Appeals: The judge now decides on your sentence and, with counsel, puts together a timeline for the full restoration of your rights. In some cases, your attorney may think it appropriate to appeal your case and review potentially faulty decisions and procedures in previous stages of your case.

The Bailey Legal Group Approach

Although no firm can guarantee a specific outcome in a case, our Sandusky criminal defense attorneys have developed a strategy for handling our clients’ cases that has been proven successful time and time again.

Throughout your case, you can expect that we accomplish the following:

  • Interview as many witnesses as we can contact
  • Go over the crime scene and investigate even the smallest details
  • Review the police procedure and look for flaws on their side
  • Innovate defenses that are tailored to your case needs

In addition, we often bring in experts or call to have independent examinations done if we feel that it would be beneficial to the outcome of your case.

You can trust us to leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of a positive outcome on your behalf. Contact our firm today to learn more about your options.


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