Many times police officers investigating a murder have a one-track mind. Once they settle on a suspect, and you are asked for questioning it is already almost too late to avoid arrest. A prompt TLF homicide investigation can uncover the leads the police might miss, and offer alternative suspects to arrest, or for trial.
Using the Sixth Amendment to have a lawyer present for police interviews is the single best way to avoid life in prison for murder. At the point where you are questioned by homicide detectives, even innocent people can look guilty. Your eventual confession will seal the deal. Don’t talk without an attorney.
A preliminary hearing in Pennsylvania is most often a mere formality. A magistrate judge is forced by law to rubber-stamp whatever the police and prosecutors say. Since very few cases are dismissed at this stage, TLF attorneys use this sole opportunity to lock government testimony and question government witnesses to the fully stretched extent of the Rules of Criminal Procedure and Evidence. Our Court Reporters attend all preliminary hearings, preventing convenient changes to the government’s testimony.
TLF attends formal arraignment on your behalf. Here, the trial judge is assigned, the pre-trial conference is set, and discovery requests are allowed. Most importantly, your clock for a Request for a Bill of Particulars starts running, and it runs out soon.
The timeline for a Bill of Particulars is extremely short. Missing that deadline prevents you from gaining insight on the government’s ideas until they give their closing argument at your trial. Needless to say, by then its too late. (In Pennsylvania State Court, the defense closes first… we have no opportunity to refute the government’s argument at trial. It MUST be anticipated beforehand).
Motions to Suppress, Motions for Discovery, Witness Tracking and Interviews, Focus Groups, Trial Runs. The government has unlimited resources. You have a firm with unlimited work ethic and desire to win.
Jury selection starts as soon as possible. We conduct polls, do surveys, and investigate potential jurors. We have a specific jury selection focus group to make sure we pick the fairest jury possible. Fair to you that is. We go into jury selection with a plan. To win the trial.
Juror Numbers 1 through 12 determine whether you move from “presumed innocent” to “found guilty.” Selecting those 12 people if without a doubt, the most important part of the trial. All TLF attorneys are extensively trained in jury selection. Use us.
In trial, you are the only client TLF has. You are the only family TLF has. For your trial, the firm shuts down, and its all hands on deck, manning battle stations. From weddings to funerals to childbirth, the client always comes first.
It is an interesting observation that Brinks trucks are armored and have drivers with guns, but school busses don’t have seatbelts or locks on the door. The government cares about money and if they prosecute you for money crimes we work with expert forensic accountants to balance your right to a fair trial.
I did not understand anything that was happening in your office, but I get it now… It works.
Wait, you mean I get to go home?
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