The success of one of my clients has the effect of giving the next client more consideration for an alternative program by the court and prosecutor. This is something I try to emphasize to each client, that someone else in the future may get that second chance based on their success in this program
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 1, 2008
First-time and low-level offenders in Los Angeles are obtaining second chances in local area courts, according to Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney Gregory Caplan, who has developed effective approaches to help persons charged with criminal offenses (See Los Angeles Defense Lawyer). Mr. Caplan, a former deputy district attorney and city prosecutor saw 1000s of people charged with crimes over the many years of his courtroom experience- but realized something was missing, "There really weren't many opportunities for people to redeem themselves. We wanted to see success stories, but we faced overcrowded courtrooms, budget crisis, staff shortages, as well as skepticism from judges and attorneys to give persons charged with crimes a second chance," Mr. Caplan observed, "Someone needed to inspire a change, to wake the system up, and really focus on developing alternatives for the court system."
While prosecuting cases in local courtrooms, Mr. Caplan formulated criteria, with concurrence of the courts, to determine if someone was suitable for an alternative to a criminal conviction, a form of what is sometimes referred to as "City Attorney Diversion." One alternative was "courtroom detention hall," where some violators were assigned to a particular courtroom to observe more serious criminal cases, and provide written reports to the judge, explaining what they learned from the experience. This particular alternative came with an added benefit- a jailhouse lunch, to give a "taste" of what was in store for them if they continued down the wrong road. Other alternatives included more intensive requirements, which were designed to let the punishment fit the crime. Numerous people were given opportunities to obtain dismissals, after completing appropriate terms and conditions of the court (such as community service or educational components). Most of the people given an opportunity for a second chance (and a dismissal of their charges) proved to the court that they could follow through in a positive way, and successfully completed the court-ordered requirements. This had the effect of lessening the workload of the courts, providing a benefit to the local community, as well as giving people an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and move forward in a positive direction. Mr. Caplan saw the need to focus more attention to this area of law, and turned to private practice, where today he devotes much of his attention on helping people obtain second chances in life.
Mr. Caplan's progressive approaches typically involve interviewing potential candidates for alternative programs, and making determinations of suitable placement. He compiles positive background information for each of his clients, in order to make effective presentations to the local prosecutors and judges about the many alternatives to criminal charges, which also include pre-filing diversion, informal diversion, and court-ordered diversion. All of these progressive alternatives allow persons charged with crimes to earn dismissals at different stages of the criminal proceedings, depending on the suitability and seriousness of the offenses. Mr. Caplan has helped people charged with a variety of charges, including theft, drug and alcohol offenses, airport arrests (possession of prohibited items), hit and run, and battery, obtain dismissals of their cases. It is important to note that each case depends on unique facts and circumstances, and that attorneys cannot guarantee a specific outcome. However, an attorney familiar with all of the alternatives can provide a better overall perspective of options in a criminal case.
"The success of one of my clients has the effect of giving the next client more consideration for an alternative program by the court and prosecutor. This is something I try to emphasize to each client, that someone else in the future may get that second chance based on their success in this program," Mr. Caplan emphasizes.
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