Alternative Methods To Resolve Criminal Charges
When facing criminal charges, it is important to know what your options are, including alternatives to traditional prosecution. After reading this page, feel free to contact The Atkins Firm, P.C., to discuss which options may be available to you.
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. Your attorney’s job is to analyze your case and present to you both the benefits and the risks of any decision you make. By using her experience coupled with the facts of your case, attorney Erin Atkins can advise you about how to proceed. Ultimately, the decision is yours.
Pretrial Diversion And Specialty Courts
One of the primary goals at The Atkins Firm, P.C., 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 turning 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 pretrial intervention programs (PTIP) to defendants facing nonviolent criminal charges and who have minor criminal histories. These programs range from six months to 24 months in length and are run through the District Attorney’s office. Successful completion of PTIP programs results 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 the Mental Health Court, Drug Court and Veterans Court.
Discuss Your Case With An Attorney Who Listens And Cares
The Atkins Firm, P.C., is dedicated to protecting your rights and giving you the best chance at future success. Ms. Atkins believes in second chances, and she cares about the outcome of your case as much as you do. To discuss your legal options with her during an initial consultation, call the firm in Huntsville, Alabama, at 256-858-7768. You can also reach out online.