If you have been accused of committing a crime, the case against you will need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a Georgia court. Discovery is one of the first events to take place before a trial begins, and it provides your attorney with the ability to see the evidence that will likely be used against you.
The various methods of obtaining information
Typically, information will be obtained through depositions, which are statements made by individuals outside of court. Depositions are used to learn more about what a person knows before a trial starts, and they are often used as part of a strategy to undermine an individual’s credibility at trial.
During the discovery process, your criminal defense attorney may ask for copies of documents that might be relevant to the case. After receiving these documents, your attorney may examine them to determine if they have been forged, altered or improperly redacted.
The discovery process may help you obtain a favorable outcome in your case
During the discovery process, your attorney may find evidence that your confession was illegally obtained. Your legal representative may also determine that physical evidence found at a crime scene was incorrectly handled by authorities. This may be enough to have it suppressed, which may significantly weaken the state’s case. Ultimately, the prosecutor may offer a favorable plea deal or drop the charges against you.
If you are convicted of a crime, you could be sentenced to jail, ordered to pay a fine or face other sanctions. A lawyer may review your case and develop a strategy to help you obtain a favorable outcome, which may include an acquittal, a plea deal that includes no jail time or having your case dismissed before a trial begins.