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November 2006 , Page 41 

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How and When to Settle a Criminal Case

By Denis deVlaming

All those who try more criminal cases than settle them, raise your hand. Seeing no hands, I'll continue.

Let's face it, we settle far more cases than we take to court. It is a fact of life. If for no other reason, the sheer number of cases we handle causes us to have to choose our fights. We constantly have to decide how and when to settle a criminal case. Many factors go into the equation. Everyone knows that the best agreements are reached when we are bargaining from a position of strength. The process begins when you receive the first phone call.

The Arrest

Every once in awhile, you are lucky enough to have a client call for an appointment before being arrested. They know they are being investigated and want legal advice before being charged. If you are fortunate enough to speak with a prospective client at this stage, there is much you can do. If the client discusses a viable defense, an immediate investigation may produce evidence to support that defense. A private investigator ca

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