Pre-Filing Intervention with the Prosecutor
An arrest is only the first step in the formal charging process, which means that there is still a chance we can have the case thrown out.
Once you are arrested, all the paperwork from the police (probable cuase affidavit, narrative and supplemental reports, witness statements and etc) is sent over to the Office of the State Attorney. It is the State Attorney’s Office (the prosecutors) who makes the final decision regarding your case. They make the determination if formal charges should be filed against you and for what crime.
The time between your arrest and the formal filing of criminal charges is a crucial time in the life of your case. Generally these determinations are done by the Office of the State Attorney in a matter of a few weeks, depending on the nature of your case.
It is during this critical time that my office will conduct its own investigation into the facts of the case. Utilizing the information from the investigation, I will contact the Office of the State Attorney and present evidence, statements, case law and anything necessary to help prevent the case from being filed at all.