Trenton Criminal Defense
If you have been arrested on suspicion of a crime in Trenton, your mind may be racing with a number of questions. You are probably worried about what will happen next and what types of penalties you could be facing. You may even feel stressed out about losing your job or going to jail. The law gives you the right to speak to a defense attorney who will help look out for your best interests and ensure that you get your day in court – an opportunity to fight the charges.
An experienced Trenton criminal defense attorney can review the circumstances of your case and help you understand your legal options. It may even be possible to have evidence dismissed, penalties reduced and charges dropped. Your lawyer will consider all possible options and help guide you through the legal proceedings. At Musca Law, our criminal defense lawyers handle all state and federal crimes, felonies and misdemeanors, including, but not limited to:
- DUI or BUI
- Sex Crimes
- Drug Crimes
- Theft Crimes
- Violent Crimes
- Federal Crimes
- Traffic Offenses
- Weapons Offenses
- White Collar Crimes
- Probation Violations
Trenton Crime Information
Trenton is the seat of Gilchrist County. It is a rural area that is spread over about 2.6 square miles of land. It is home to a number of historic buildings, including the First Baptist Church, the Gilchrist County Courthouse and the Trenton Depot. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Trenton is 1,999. That is a 23.6 percent increase from 1,617, which was the city’s population in the year 2000.
The Trenton Police Department is located on South Main Street and the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office is on South US 129. According to City-Data.com, the crime rate index in Trenton is considerably lower than the state and federal crime index. In the year 2011, there were no murders, rapes or arsons, but there was one robbery, three assaults, 12 burglaries, 26 thefts and one auto theft in Trenton.
What to Do after an Arrest
After being arrested in Trenton, you will be booked at the station. Police will take your booking photo and fingerprints and ask you personal information. Remember, your booking photo is public record and will be available to local media. After providing your name and address, it is important that you decline to answer any more questions without an attorney. Simply state courteously that you will answer questions once your criminal defense lawyer is by your side. It would be in your best interest to not talk to the authorities about the specific details of your case until you have an attorney on your side.
After you are booked, the prosecutor will review your case and determine the nature of the charges. The judge will then read you the charges at your arraignment and set your bail. If you have a skilled criminal defense attorney with you, he or she may be able to negotiate for reduced bail.
Determining your Legal Options
In criminal cases, the burden of proof is always on the prosecution. The prosecution must prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that a defendant is guilty of committing the crime. During the process, the prosecution will have to reveal to your lawyer the evidence against you. Your lawyer will review the facts of the case, the circumstances surrounding your arrest and all of the evidence that has been compiled. Defendants are often put in the position of deciding if they should fight the charges or take a plea bargain (reduced penalties) offered by the prosecution. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney will be able to equip defendants with facts and information that will help them make these types of valuable decisions that could potentially affect them for the rest of their lives.
Protecting Your Rights
If you have been charged with committing a crime in Trenton, you need an attorney who has successfully handled cases similar to yours. At Musca Law, we handle all types of criminal cases and have a reputation for aggressively defending our clients. We understand that the stakes are extremely high in these types of cases. Please contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.