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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
You should call an attorney as soon as you know that you are suspected of committing a crime. You should remain silent and continue to assert your silence throughout questioning, bail, and detention.
You should ask for a lawyer and ensure that the <em>best</em> attorney is asserting your Fifth Amendment rights and answering all of your questions. You deserve a caring attorney who will speak with your family while you are being processed or held in custody because all of your communication (except with your attorney) will be recorded.
That day that you are arrested may be the worst day of your life. You must get an attorney immediately to protect your rights and your life. Marni Jo Snyder will zealously represent you from dealing with a call from a detective, to obtaining pretrial release, through investigation and trial.
The criminal justice systems of PA and NJ and the federal criminal justice system are confusing and intimidating. The potential repercussions of a criminal conviction are serious, especially felony cases. Consequences could involve incarceration, probation, changes in child custody or visitation, immigration status changes, and loss of benefits, employment, and housing.
Having the right attorney early can make the difference between traveling to your first hearing from the jail or from home.
Hiring a skilled attorney right away means that important information can be passed onto the judge or commissioner setting bail. Even if you are unable to initially make bail, attorney Marni Jo Snyder will visit you before the next listing of your case to thoroughly prepare a bail reduction motion on your behalf.
Ms. Snyder is available to talk to bail bondsman upon your request and prepare Nebbia hearings if one is necessary to prove that the money that your family is using to pay bail is from a legitimate source, which the courts sometimes require.
There is also very important investigation work that must take place within days of your arrest, such as ordering video from surveillance cameras, preserving 911 calls, and preserving social media and text messages. Our firm employs the best investigation team in Philadelphia.
If you are charged with a crime outside of Philadelphia or a felony inside of the city, you are entitled to a preliminary hearing. A preliminary hearing (also called a probable cause hearing) does not decide guilt. It is to determine if it is more likely than not that a crime was committed and that the accused is the one who committed the crime.
Though credibility is not allowed to be a factor in the judge’s decision, and the judge cannot just throw out a case because the government witness is lying, it is an incredibly important stage in the process. You must have a prepared attorney with excellent cross examination skills.
The goal is to get the case dismissed, but also to set up a motion to suppress, get a witness’s lies on the record so that you can disprove their story at trial, and explore the memory and accuracy of the person testifying. Whether the preliminary hearing leads to dismissal, reduction of the charges, or only a change in bail, it is an important step towards towards a Not Guilty verdict.
Attorney Marni Jo Snyder will get to know you in the very beginning of the case and make time to learn about your background and the circumstances that led to your arrest. That is so she has the ammunition to negotiate the best resolution for your individual circumstances.
Even if you never intend to plead guilty, we believe that it is important to give clients power over their lives. More options for our clients means better personal outcomes in all circumstances. Ms. Snyder will always be fighting for you, even when she negotiates with the government.
As we prepare for trial, Ms. Snyder will review discovery with you and discuss investigation, witnesses, and strategy. She will advise you every step of the way, but you will ultimately decide whether to plead guilty or have a trial, whether to have a non-jury or jury trial, and whether to testify on your own behalf.
If you chose to testify on your own behalf, Marni Jo Snyder will help you practice your testimony and work to put you at ease so that you are able to connect with the jury and allow them to imagine your experience in their minds.
Ms. Snyder will share with you her strategy for cross-examination and presentation of defense witnesses. Before your day in court, you will know how the trial process works and what to expect in the courtroom.
We love getting to Not Guilty verdicts with our clients, but sometimes a sentencing hearing is necessary, especially in a non-negotiated plea, or when conceding a lower charge. Ms. Snyder will review your sentencing guidelines with you, prepare you for the pre-sentence investigation process, and gather your supporters for the hearing. We never give up on our clients.
Sometimes a judge makes an error as to the application of the law, or a prosecutor oversteps their bounds. Ms. Snyder will file post sentence motions and/or a notice of appeal on your behalf to argue that the evidence should have been suppressed, that the conviction should be reversed and you should have a new trial, or that the sentencing was inappropriate or illegal and should be reversed or reduced. Marni Jo Snyder has been successful in the Superior and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania on challenges to the evidence, the verdict, and sentencing.
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Philly criminal defense lawyer Marni Jo Snyder is a tenacious advocate on behalf of her clients. She is smart, experienced, and aggressive.