What Strategies Can A Pinellas County Criminal Defense Attorney Use To Fight My Charges In Court?

When facing criminal charges in Pinellas County, hiring a criminal defense attorney at Russo, Pelletier, & Sullivan, P.A. in Clearwater is crucial to securing the most desirable outcome for your case. There are several strategies that the attorneys at our firm deploy to build the strongest possible defense for our clients. At Russo, Pelletier, & Sullivan, P.A, we have decades of experience implementing winning strategies to fight charges brought against you. 


Gather Evidence In Your Favor

This is America and you are presumed innocent. However, we know that, in many cases, if we don’t seek out favorable evidence for our client, no one else will. Our team is dedicated to seeking and reviewing all the evidence surrounding your case and building a compelling defense that works in your favor. During the discovery process, our criminal defense attorneys speak with law enforcement and witnesses, collect and analyze physical evidence, and communicate with the prosecutor assigned to the case as we conduct our own fact-finding process.

Using the evidence gathered, we build a case that lays out all of the pertinent information to the charge, including our client’s character, mitigating or extenuating circumstances, how law enforcement’s investigation was conducted, and more. 


Influence And Intervene Early With The Prosecutor

Time is of the essence when building a defense for your criminal charges. The earlier we are retained on a case, the sooner we can present our findings to the prosecutor. The primary reason for doing so is to intervene with the prosecutor prior to any formal charges being filed against you, that may persuade the prosecution to reevaluate the charges by providing compelling information. In some cases, this early involvement may result in less charges being filed, reduced charges, or a dismissal of the allegations altogether.


Find Legal Issues With Discovery

While our criminal defense attorneys at Russo, Pelletier, & Sullivan, in Clearwater work through the discovery, we are combing through the information and documentation to determine if there were any violations of law or policy in the events and investigation leading up to and including the arrest and charging of our clients. If the law was broken or procedures were not followed properly, then it is possible that our client’s rights were violated or evidence is tainted. 

Our attorneys can then approach the prosecutor to negotiate a favorable plea deal, or reduced charges. If the prosecution is not willing to negotiate, it could be possible to file motions in court to exclude tainted evidence or testimony, weakening the case against you; or it may be possible to file a motion to dismiss the charges entirely. Every case is different and our top-rated Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers have decades of experience defending criminal cases arising out of St. Petersburg, Clearwater and surrounding areas.


Work Out A Plea Or Probation Arrangement 

In many cases, litigation is not the answer and is too risky. In those scenarios, clients are often best served by having experienced attorneys who can effectively negotiate a resolution with the State Attorney’s Office. By understanding the details of your case, we may be able to negotiate with the prosecutor to arrange a deal that could lessen charges, and reduce or limit the sentence when you enter the plea bargain. 


Work With The Best Defense Attorneys in Clearwater

The attorneys at Russo, Pelletier, & Sullivan, P.A. have more than thirty years of experience building defense strategies to create satisfactory outcomes for our clients. By executing some or all the above strategies, we will work to achieve the most favorable outcome in your case as well.  

If you are in need of a defense attorney in Clearwater that you can trust, complete our contact request form or give us a call today at (727) 578-0303.


Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.