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The Criminal Process in Polk County

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Being arrested for a crime can be an overwhelming and frightening experience, especially for many of our clients who face charges such as DUI or domestic violence and have never previously been arrested. If you or a loved one has recently been charged with any type of criminal offense, you can find answers to your questions about the situation by coming to Ayo and Iken, PLC for a free consultation with our lead attorneys. We are former prosecutors, and with more than 35 years of combined experience, we are ready to take on any case, no matter how challenging it may be. Let us help you navigate the complexities of the criminal process, with the goal of defending you against the serious consequences you face.

The first step in the process is the arrest. The police officer must have probable cause or a warrant before conducting a search and investigation, as without valid grounds for the arrest, the suspect may be able to have the case dismissed on the grounds that his Constitutional rights were violated. After the arrest, the police officer will transport the suspect to a local jail for booking and holding until the arraignment. The suspect may be asked questions about the case, but should only agree to discuss the matter with an attorney present, to avoid making self-incriminating statements.

The arraignment typically occurs within a day or two of the arrest, and is the first time the suspect will be taken to court. The judge will formally read the charges to the defendant, who is then asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Having an attorney present at this stage of the process is advisable, as bail will be set for the defendant's release, and the attorney can argue in favor of a low figure for bail or even a release on own recognizance (O.R) to spare the defendant from having to post bail.

What is my next step?

The next step is referred to as "discovery," and involves attempts from both the criminal defense attorney and the prosecutor to gather as much evidence about the alleged crime as possible. An attorney from our firm will work tirelessly to build an effective strategy for fighting the charges against you, and while attempting to settle the case out of court, will prepare your case for trial in order to secure the best possible result.

Your attorney may engage in negotiations with the prosecutor over a possible plea bargain that works in your favor, or may file a motion to have the case dismissed on the grounds that there is insufficient evidence or that the evidence was gathered in violation of your rights. If the case does go to trial, both sides have the opportunity to introduce witnesses and evidence, as well as to cross-examine witnesses. In the event that you are convicted, your attorney will still be able to argue in favor of a reduced sentence or alternative sentencing options. If you are acquitted or if the case is dismissed, you will be free to move on in your life. Contact the legal team at our firm as early as possible in the criminal process to maximize your chances of a favorable outcome .

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