Stages of a Criminal Case

Stages of a Criminal Case

Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyer David E. Cook

Each criminal case is different. Some require more investigation, more behind-the-scenes negotiation or more court hearings; some require less. The three most important stages of a criminal case for you to be aware of going forward are as follows:

  • The preliminary hearing: You will be required to attend this hearing and should not be late for it or your bond may be forfeited and an arrest warrant issued. At this hearing, we will be able to get whatever evidence the prosecution has gathered to use in its case against you. There will also be a plea offer, which we can discuss in detail once we’ve had a chance to evaluate the state’s evidence.
  • Negotiations: With more than 15 years of criminal defense experience in Tarrant County and North Texas, David E. Cook knows how to make the law and the system work to his clients’ advantage. In addition, Mr. Cook’s familiarity with diversion programs for certain classes of offenders, and other options, also benefit his clients — as does the credibility he has established with local prosecutors and judges throughout the course of his career.
  • Trial: If you are innocent of the charges against you, or if an acceptable plea agreement cannot be reached through negotiation, our law firm will be prepared to vigorously defend you and protect your rights at trial. How soon you get a court date for trial depends on what you’ve been charged with, what county you’re case is in, your court, as well as several other factors. Be prepared to wait for at least a few months, however. In the meantime, attorney Cook will take time to help you understand your rights, discuss strategies and your available defense options, and prepare you for what to expect every step of the way.

Take Action to Protect Your Rights and Future

At the Bedford, Texas, law office of David E. Cook, we put 15 years of substantial and proven experience behind our clients. We understand the local court systems, and we know what to expect from prosecutors and judges who will be involved in your case. Rely on our practical and legal experience for your defense.

Schedule a free initial consultation today by calling us in the Fort Worth area at 817-545-3309 or by contacting us online.