The only way that someone charged with a crime can make an intelligent decision on how to proceed is when he or she has a full understanding of the law, the evidence, the possible outcomes, and the different ways the case can be handled. Zach’s first goal as a defense attorney is to make sure that his clients understand the charge(s) they are facing, the allegations and evidence against them, and the options that are available.
Contrary to popular opinion, our criminal justice system is not designed to determine guilt or innocence. Rather, it’s designed to require the State to prove charges beyond a reasonable doubt. Charges can be defended against in many ways depending on the facts of the case, the evidence available to the prosecution, the potential legal issues, and the equities of the situation. As an attorney who has worked on and tried literally hundreds of felony criminal cases, Zach has the experience necessary to analyze both the legal and factual issues presented in a case and formulate the best strategy for defending against it.
Most people who have been charged with a crime are scared and ashamed. Before any decision can be made regarding how to proceed on a case they need a chance to express how they feel about the charge(s), explain what happened from their perspective, and describe what’s important to them in the ultimate resolution of the case. Consequently, one of the most important jobs Zach has as a criminal defense attorney is to listen to and counsel his clients. After leaving the high-volume world of the prosecutor’s office Zach has strived to keep a low caseload to ensure that he has the time to spend with each individual client and make sure that he’s available for them when they need him.