Aggressive, Proactive Approach to all Cases
Typical Nebraska criminal defense lawyers take a wait-and-see approach. They may sit back and wait until the first court date, or until they receive the police reports before investigating and working up your case.
By contrast, we believe there is no time to waste. The most critical window for defense work may be within the first few days following an arrest, or prior to formal charges being filed. By getting to work immediately, often we can locate favorable defense evidence and witnesses, and get a “head start” towards defending or defeating the charges.
Knowing the Local Courts
Every county and every courthouse has its own criminal handling procedures. The criminal court process in Omaha, for example, differs significantly from the process in Blair, Nebraska. Even within the Douglas County Courthouse, procedures differ significantly depending on whether the case is in County or District court and whether the City Prosecutor or County Attorney is prosecuting the case.
By working day in and day out in the area courthouses, Mr. Williams has developed trusting relationships with judges, prosecutors, probation officers and court staff. Moreover, he intimately knows the logistics of how things work in particular courtrooms, and their prosecuting agencies. Mr. Williams has learned such things as whom to talk to, who has discretion, which lead to finding the most effective ways to get the job done.
Close and Personal Contact with Your Attorney
Facing criminal charges can be an emotionally traumatizing. Nothing compounds the stress more than the inability to reach your attorney.
LKW&C Law places a premium on the accessibility of its lawyers and support staff. We are here to provide moral and emotional support in addition to excellent legal representation. To do this, we observe two policies:
- Every client phone call, email or text is returned within twenty four hours; and
- Every client gets the contact email address of his/her attorney as well as the lawyer’s assistant
Not only does this provide you the assurance of knowing you can reach your lawyer at critical times. It also helps us to perform our job more effectively.
We find that close client interaction is pivotal to our work. Our clients are the best resource for understanding what happened and who the key players are in the case. We want to hear from you, and you’ll definitely be hearing from us as together we map out the story and put together the best defense possible.
Early Intervention Before Charges Get Filed
In some situations it is possible to stop criminal charges from ever being filed.
After making an arrest or investigating a suspected crime, the police take their evidence to the prosecuting authority. This party evaluates the potential case and decides what criminal charges (if any) to file.
Usually, the prosecutor makes this decision based solely on what the police present. But often there’s much more to the story, and therein lies an opportunity to interject any relevant defense information that may tend to absolve the suspect, or create other avenues of disposition for the case. Mr. Williams may be in position to meet with the prosecutor during this time period. At that point he could present witness statements, exculpatory evidence and any other prudent case information.
Being provided with your side of the story may affect the prosecutor’s calculations. When the prosecutors see the whole picture, not just what the police (or the alleged “victim”) have to say, they may decide to file lesser charges (a misdemeanor rather than a felony, for example) or not to file criminal charges at all (we call this a “Nolle Pros”).
Legal “Second Opinions”
Perhaps you already have retained a Nebraska criminal defense lawyer. Your case has been pending for a while. Your attorney advises you on a certain case strategy, such as accepting the prosecutor’s offer, or taking the case to trial. Now you face a major life decision. And you are simply not sure what to do.
We can evaluate your case and offer our independent judgment as to your various options and the merits of each. Much like a patient may see another doctor for a “second opinion” before deciding whether to undergo an elective surgery, we can give you a legal second opinion.
In the end, we may concur with your present attorney’s position. Or we may not. Or we may suggest a totally different approach. But Mr. Williams’ advice to you will be (a) unbiased, (b) independent, (c) looking only to your best interests, and (d) based on a careful analysis of all the facts and law.
Bond, Bail & Release Help
If your loved one is custody, we can often arrange a “bond hearing” to get the bail amount reduced or to secure a personal recognizance release, or “PR Bond”. We assist inmates in custody at all of the Nebraska state jails and for local federal holds.
Veteran attorney Robert M. Williams handles the majority of criminal defense cases for the firm.