CRIMINAL JUSTICE. They call it defense, but isn't it really about justice? Whether by plea or trial, what you and everyone in your position is entitled to, is the protections afforded you by state and federal law. The proper exercise of these rights may make a difference in the outcome of your case.
Firstly, you are never just a file at the Pucino Law Office, and you don't have to feel as if you have to jump at the first plea offer. Don't delay and contact our office today. Early legal representation is usually very important in criminal cases.
You are entitled to Fundemental Rights, outlined below, and which are embodied in the statutory and caselaw at the state and federal level.
CRIMINAL DEFENSE, including all:
-misdemeanor and felony offenses
Below are just some of the fundemental rights which often come into play in a criminal case.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
For The Family
As you know, we don't represent families of the incarcerated or families of those who are facing prosecution. Therefore, regardless of who pays for legal services, the duty of representation, confidentiality and loyalty must always be to the client. However, we know this is a difficult time for family and loved ones, and therefore the following is some helpful information. Also, if the client wishes us to update you on the case, he or she can advise us of that fact and we can do so. Attorneys have to be mindful of not allowing third parties to interfere with representation of the client in any way. This is why you may not always like how much or how often you can speak with your loved one's attorney. This is not be callous or to treat you with disrespect. It is to honor our duty to your loved one, and the integrity of our profession.
One of the biggest ways you can help your incarcerated loved one is to NOT DISCUSS THE CASE, THE FACTS, THE EVENTS, OR ANYTHING YOU WOULD NOT WANT A JURY TO HEAR with your loved one who is incarcerated, either by phone or during visits. Many cases that were not so great for the government lawyer (prosecutor) when someone is arrested, get better due to statements made in recorded phone calls or visits. It is all recorded by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. So, talk about the kids, the family, and anything else that you don't mind others hearing.
Mail can also be read, so do not discuss the case or facts of the case, or anything that you don't want the government attorney to see.
If you have important information about the case, you can call or write the attorney directly about it.
Do not have any contact with the alleged victim, either on your own behalf or your loved one. This is NOT helpful to the case. The only exception is if the alleged victim contacts you and does not want to cooperate with prosecution.You can let the attorney know this.
The following are also some helpful links:
To obtain information about Maricopa County Jail
To receive calls from an inmate at a Maricopa County Jail
To view case history and status, (although this information may not always be current.)
Furthermore, if you believe that you, or your loved one, is the victim of a civil rights violation in the context of your arrest, we
will you to a trusted colleague who handles civil rights cases.
PLEASE NOTE: Regardless of who pays for legal services, the attorneys duty of representation, confidentiaility and loyalty, is owed to the client only.