Areas of Practice
03. Alternative Programs
Pleas vs. Trials
One of the decisions that you and only you have a right to make is whether to plead guilty or not guilty. No one can make that decision for you, including your attorney. Our job is to analyze your case and present to you both the benefits and the risks of any decision you make. By using our experience coupled with the facts of your case, we can advise you about how to proceed. Ultimately, the decision is yours.
Pre-Trial Diversion and Specialty Courts
One of our primary goals at The Atkins Firm is to keep you from having a conviction on your record. Fortunately, in an effort to decrease the prison population and to give people a second chance, many courts are resorting to alternative solutions for people charged with crimes. While participation requires your time and financial resources, you have an opportunity through these alternative programs to take control of your case and secure its dismissal!
Many courts offer enrollment in Pre-Trial Intervention Programs (PTIP) to defendants facing non-violent criminal charges and who have minor criminal histories. These programs range from 6 months to 24 months in length and are run through the District Attorney's office. Successful completion of PTIP programs result in the dismissal of your case.
Another option is enrolling in various specialty courts that offer specific guidance for personal growth and accountability to its participants. Through regular drug testing, participation in classes, and counseling, defendants may secure the dismissal of their case while getting the help they need. These courts include Mental Health Court, Drug Court, and Veterans Court.
The Atkins Firm is dedicated to protecting your rights and giving you the best chance at future success. We believe in second chances.
Your life matters.
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Each case carries its own unique set of circumstances that require careful consideration before we can quote a fee. At The Atkins Firm, we listen to your story and consider the facts behind your arrest to determine the best way to proceed.