Alleged Use of Dangerous Instruments Including Firearms in Arizona
At Owens and Perkins, we know being charged with the use of a dangerous
weapon or firearm can turn your entire world upside down. The impact of
a felony conviction and potential lengthy prison term cannot be understated.
When you hire Owens and Perkins, our first step will be investigating every
aspect of your case. This includes interviewing eyewitnesses, locating
and interviewing other potential witnesses, and reviewing all of the police
reports and physical evidence. Our Attorneys will evaluate the strength
of the State's case and develop any and all potential defenses to
the charges against you.
Next, we'll discuss the outcome of our investigation with you, and
together we'll decide on the best strategy for handling your case.
Sometimes, when the State has a strong case, that strategy will be to
negotiate the best possible deal with the Prosecutor. This includes presenting
our evidence to the Prosecutor and seeking to reach a deal that avoids
or reduces incarceration time and/or a felony conviction. Our evidence
may include not only showing the weaknesses in the Prosecution's case,
but also evidence of your good character that shows why you should not
be treated like a common criminal.
If you are innocent or there are solid defenses to the charges against
you, we may decide to go to trial. For example, often people use weapons
to defend themselves or others but are still charged with a crime. In
these situations we will aggressively fight to show you were acting in
self-defense or defense of others or property, and therefore, you did
not break the law. If we go to trial, our experienced criminal attorneys
will fight for you. This includes filing any possible Pre-Trial Motions
to limit evidence that may be used against you and preparing the case
to be presented at trial in the light most favorable to you.