Mesa Personal Injury Lawyer and Criminal Defense Attorney
Jamal F. Allen provides a full range of services, including investigation, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, settlement, trial and appeal. His experience ranges from complex criminal defense to multi-million dollar personal injury cases.While the most visible representative of the law firm is Mr. Allen, he is by no means alone in his fight to protect clients’ interests. Allen & Associates, PLC is a cohesive team effort, requiring the talents of specialized support personnel.Jamal relies on a full staff to help evaluate each case, track down details, assure timely responses and keep the lines of communication open. Because of this combined expertise researching criminal law and accident and personal injury law, Mr. Allen is able to handle a broad range of personal injury and criminal defense cases.
A Criminal Defense Attorney with Excellent Credentials
With so many attorneys today claiming expertise, it’s wise to ask for credentials. Jamal F. Allen received a Bachelor of Arts Communications from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas in 1990. He received his Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University College of Law in 1993.He is admitted to practice in all Arizona courts, the US Supreme Court, US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, US District Court, District of Arizona, Supreme Court, and State of Arizona.He is a member of the American Bar Association, AZ Trial Lawyers Association, American Trial Lawyers Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.For more information about our services, please click on the toggles below:
A Step-by-Step Process: Criminal Defense Law
While criminal law may seem tricky at first glance – lack of legal knowledge is why the defendant has certain legal rights. The most important legal right is the right to retain an attorney. The defendant is guaranteed the right to legal representation, whether the attorney is appointed for the defendant or the defendant hires a private attorney.If you’ve been charged with a crime that requires you to appear in an Arizona criminal court, you need a criminal defense attorney who understands your legal rights and criminal law. Contact attorney Jamal F. Allen today for a free consultation.To learn more about our criminal defense services, please contact our Allen & Associates, PLC to schedule a free consultation.
Misdemeanor: The Arraignment to Appeals Process
The defendant may plead guilty, not guilty or no contest. Very few cases are dismissed at arraignment. Once the arraignment is completed, the defendant prepares for trial.
This step of the process involves a meeting between prosecuting attorney and defense attorney. Topics discussed include plea bargain opportunities, pretrial motions and other factors in the case, such as the defendant’s character and prior criminal history.
The judge determines the length and type of punishment at a sentencing hearing. Victim witnesses are generally allowed to speak, requesting either a lighter or heavier sentence. The defendant may make a statement to the court. This is sometimes known as the “right of elocution”. In addition, in some jurisdictions the court may ask for a report from the probation department prior to sentencing the defendant.
If a defendant is found guilty by way of trial, the defense attorney may request a higher court to review specifically identified errors in procedure with the possibility of changing the lower court’s decision. It is important to recognize that the appeals process may only begin after the defendant has received the final verdict, and been sentenced.Once the trial has been completed, the facts have been decided. They cannot be changed by an appellate court. The appeals process reviews defects in procedure of the trial. If the defense attorney can identify substantial improper procedural issues, he may be able to win the appeal. Note that the timeline of the appeals process varies from state-to-state.To learn more about our criminal defense services for misdemeanor charges, please contact our criminal defense attorney of Allen & Associates, PLC to schedule a free consultation.
Felony: The Arraignment to Appeals Process
The arraignment in a felony is identical to that in a misdemeanor case. Bail and identity are established, charges are ascertained and the attorney of record is confirmed. Very few cases are dismissed at arraignment.
The prosecution and the defense will meet. Topics discussed in most states include plea bargain opportunities, strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution’s case, and other factors, such as the defendant’s character and history.
At the preliminary hearing the judge determines whether sufficient evidence exists to send the case to the upper court for trial. The case will be “bound over” for trial if the judge finds probable cause that a) a felony was committed; and, b) that the defendant probably committed it. The State shoulders the entire burden of proof at the preliminary hearing. Reliable hearsay is admissible at the preliminary hearing and, given the states low burden of proof, most defendants are “bound over” for trial. Such a hearing can be an excellent tool to learn more about the State’s evidence, to confront the witnesses, and analyze the strength of the case.
The pre-trial conference is a formal setting where plea bargaining occurs. The prosecution may offer alternative sentencing. The charge may be changed to a lesser charge. The number of felony counts may be dropped. A lesser punishment for the same charge may be agreed upon.
A jury trial is the fact finding phase of the case. It is the in-court examination and resolution of a criminal case. A verdict is usually reached. Unlike a plea-bargained settlement, which completes the case, a trial introduces risk for both the prosecution and defense. Neither side knows who will win.The trial begins with the prosecution’s opening statement. The defense attorney may also present an opening statement at this time. The prosecution presents its case to support the charges and then rests. The defense presents his case to refute the charges and then rests. Closing arguments by both the prosecution and defense conclude the presentation part of the trial. The jury then deliberates and returns with a verdict.
In a trial, expect the following to occur:
- Jury selection
- Opening statements presented by the prosecution and the defense
- The prosecution presents its case
- The defense cross-examines prosecution witnesses
- The defense presents its case
- The prosecution cross-examines the defense witnesses
- Closing arguments are presented by both the prosecution and the defense
- The prosecution, defense attorney and judge decide on specific instructions to the jury
- The judge instructs the jury on rules
- The jury deliberates
- The jury submits their verdict. (The goal is always to achieve a not guilty verdict)
The judge usually determines the length and type of punishment at a sentencing hearing. Witnesses are generally allowed to speak, requesting either a lighter or stiffer sentence. The defendant may make a statement to the court.
The judge may be required to follow specific sentencing guidelines.The Eighth amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that punishment may not be cruel or unusual.Factors such as no criminal history, a good public record, and professional or personal responsibilities may persuade the judge to provide a lighter sentence.A previous criminal record, use of a dangerous weapon, and the type of conviction may persuade the judge to provide a harsher sentence.Judges usually give repeat offenders harsher sentences.To learn more about our criminal defense services for felony charges, please contact our criminal defense attorney to schedule a free consultation.
A Step-by-Step Process: Mesa Personal Injury Lawyers
Mesa personal injury lawyer, Jamal F. Allen of Allen & Associates will make sure that you are informed and prepared for each step of your personal injury case. He has extensive experience in all types of personal injury cases, and can help clients throughout Arizona. Regardless of how your injury happened, Mr. Allen can help you using his experience in accident and personal injury law. Contact attorney Jamal F. Allen today for a free consultation.
Gathering the Facts
A Mesa personal injury lawyer and one of his three paralegals will meet with you to collect the facts regarding your personal injury. He will ask questions about what happened, where it happened, and when it happened. He finds out who else was involved in your accident and who may be liable. He finds out about the extent of your injury and any costs you have incurred thus far. He also determines whether the defendant has sufficient insurance coverage to compensate you for your injury. If not, he will determine whether you have sufficient coverage for yourself. For example, if you have been in an auto accident and the defendant is uninsured, he will find out whether you have uninsured motorist coverage.You Pay Nothing Until our Mesa personal injury lawyer Obtains Your Financial RecoveryThis means that you don’t have to pay Allen & Associates until a settlement or verdict is reached. Any legal fees or costs incurred will be deducted from the recovery obtained on your behalf.
Gathering Facts, Evidence and Witness Statements
Trained forensic investigators who work with Allen & Associates investigate your accident injury case. They take photographs of your injuries and of the scene where your accident took place. Gathering evidence showing the extent of damage sustained by you or your property. For example, if you were in an auto accident, the evidence will prove the extent of impact from the crash on you and your vehicle. Reports are compiled detailing every aspect of your personal injury accident, and experts who can support your version of the incident are retained.
The Mesa personal injury lawyer and his able staff will find out whether you need medical specialists to help you recover from your personal injury. Once your treating physician has determined that you have reached the point of “maximum medical improvement,” he will ask the doctor to write a final narrative report detailing the extent of your injuries, the results of any tests (such as MRI), and the percentage of permanent disability (if any) that you sustained.
Filing for Your Financial Recovery
Mr. Allen, our Mesa personal injury lawyer will consult with you to discuss your injury, your pain level, and your financial loss. He then sends a formal demand letter to the insurance carrier of the defendant. Accident and personal injury law cases where the defendant is self-insured, he sends the demand letter directly to the defendant.
The Pre-Trial Process
Jamal F. Allen files a civil complaint and answers interrogatories on your behalf. Before the attorneys for the defense depose you, he thoroughly prepares you so that there aren’t any unpleasant or potentially damaging surprises.
In Arizona, some form of alternative dispute resolution, usually mediation is required prior to trial of injury matters. Allen & Associates, PLC lawyers prefers private mediation.
After You Receive Financial Recovery
If necessary, our Mesa personal injury lawyer will negotiate with your medical providers to ask them to reduce their fees. Although there is no guarantee that medical providers will reduce their fees, he will do his best to make this happen.To learn more about our accident and personal injury law services, please contact our Mesa personal injury lawyerTo learn more about our services, please contact our office to schedule a free consultation. 480-899-1025