Criminal Charges – Take Control

By May 29, 2018Take Control


I feel like the situation is out-of-control.  What can I do?   

Develop a Case Plan.

Jessica J. Travis empowers her clients to take as much control as possible by developing a Case Plan.  In a criminal case, the Case Plan considers:

  • Police evidence
  • Investigation needs
  • Defenses available (including motions)
  • Client’s personal needs.
  • Ms Travis’ professional evaluation

How do I know whether to take a plea or go to trial? 
Follow your attorney’s lead.

Some clients know immediately if they want to go to trial or negotiate a plea agreement but many clients are undecided.  To relieve some of the stress, Jessica J. Travis develops a Case Plan and prepares every case as if it is going to trial.  Only after the plan is worked will the time be ripe to make a decision.  Ms Travis tells her clients when it is time to decide.

Can the charges be dropped?
Yes, but time is of the essence.  Don’t wait to see if charges will be filed – be proactive and engage an attorney.

Jessica J. Travis has successfully obtained dismissals before and after charges were formally filed.  If an Information has not been filed, Jessica may send the prosecutor a mitigation packet that shows charges should be dismissed or reduced.  This mitigation packet may include:

  • Independent investigation.
  • Input on the strength of the evidence and arrest report.
  • Personal information about the client that the prosecutor would not otherwise know – resume, school records, volunteering roles, family dynamics.

If charges have already been filed, dismissal becomes more difficult but can be done in 3 ways:

  1. Diversion, Drug Court, Veterans Court or Mental Health Court will result in dismissal if all requirements are completed.
  2. Investigation, depositions and negotiation may result in dismissal if the prosecutor’s case is called into doubt.
  3. Trial may result in dismissal but is a risky strategy.  Talk to an attorney.