After someone has been arrested in San Diego County, a police officer will write a corresponding report and include recommendations of what charges to file against them. However, the decision of what charges are actually filed is determined by a criminal lawyer in the prosecutor’s office. This means that the charges the defendant will face may be more or less severe than the officer’s recommendation. It’s also possible that the prosecuting lawyers may decide that no charges should be filed, thereby rejecting the case altogether.

Under the right circumstances, a criminal defense attorney can intervene in the prosecutor’s decision-making process by providing their office with additional information that may cause them to reject the case or charge it less severely than they would have otherwise.

It’s important to be proactive in your defense. Please contact us today to speak with a San Diego criminal defense attorney to determine if pre-file representation is a viable option in your particular case.