The Fast Track Process

Cases involving domestic violence are handled differently from other criminal cases. They are put on a fast track process that leaves defendants without representation at a critical point in the process.

Mandatory Arrest

If police are called to the scene of a domestic dispute, someone will be arrested and taken to jail where he or she will stay, without opportunity for immediate bail bond. If you were arrested, you will appear in court within 24 hours of the arrest, usually at 1 p.m. the next day. No defense lawyers are present unless retained in this critical point of the fast track process, leaving defendants vulnerable to the power of the state.

A Guilty Plea Cannot Be Undone

After a night in jail, you probably just want to go home. Prosecutors will use that to their advantage and will pressure you to plead guilty, perhaps to a lesser charge.

Far too often, the fast track process results in defendants waiving their right to a jury trial and to justice.

Never bargain with a prosecutor without consulting an attorney first. A plea cannot be withdrawn, and can lead to permanent protective orders, loss of custody rights and other negative outcomes that can last a lifetime.

If you have been arrested, don’t convict yourself by pleading guilty. Contact the criminal defense attorneys of Anaya-McKedy, P.C., in Colorado Springs as soon as possible. We offer a free consultation to evaluate your case and advise you of your legal rights and options. Call 719-227-0007 or send us an email.