At Copple, Rockey, & Schlecht P.C., L.L.O., we have a diverse criminal practice. Our attorneys regularly defend clients facing felony and misdemeanor charges in state and federal courts. We have offices in Omaha and Norfolk, Nebraska, and are prepared to represent clients throughout the state.
Veteran Criminal Defense Representation
Being charged with a criminal offense is not the same as being guilty. It is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as you are arrested, charged or know you are under investigation. We prepare our cases for trial and we are committed to achieving the best possible outcome for each client.
Our criminal defense attorneys are prepared to handle a wide range of felony and misdemeanor cases including those involving:
- White collar crimes such as fraud and embezzlement
- First degree murder
- Sexual assault
- Juvenile criminal matters
- Computer Crimes
- Property Crimes
- Weapons Violations
- Drug Crimes
- DUI/DWI/Drunk Driving
How can a criminal offense be proven?
In the American criminal justice system, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. That means that the prosecution must demonstrate your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. To prove your criminal offense, the prosecution may use:
- Surveillance footage
- Test results
- Oral testimony of witnesses
- Other types of evidence
- Gathering this evidence is a significant task. With the help of our attorneys, you may have the opportunity to create a reasonable doubt of your guilt or show why your actions should be excused.
Can I be charged with a criminal offense without being arrested?
You can be charged with a criminal offense without being arrested. For example, you may receive a citation for a traffic offense or a minor misdemeanor. A citation isn’t the same as being arrested, but it is a notice to appear in court, and it can pave the way for criminal charges. Similarly, there are times when the police investigate crimes after the fact. A warrant for your arrest could be issued by a court without you knowing. If you are worried that you may be charged for a crime, contact our attorneys. We will determine whether you are involved in an ongoing investigation and advocate on your behalf.
How long does a criminal defense case take to resolve?
Criminal cases can last anywhere from several months to several years, depending on their complexity. They tend to follow the same basic chronology, including:
- Arrest or notice to appear in court
- Arraignment and bail
- Grand jury proceedings
- If you pleaded guilty or were convicted by a judge or jury, then you will receive sentencing. You are entitled to appeal the court verdict. Our attorneys can help at every step of this process and ensure the best possible outcome. We will also work hard to keep you informed about the progress of your criminal case.
How are the attorney fees for a criminal defense case determined?Some criminal defense lawyers charge by the hour. Others represent defendants for a fixed fee. The cost can also vary depending on the severity and probable complexity of the criminal charge. And there are other expenses to be aware of, such as retainer fees and the expenses incurred in the course of representation. Our attorneys will discuss our fee arrangement with you in detail during your case evaluation. Often, the benefits of hiring an attorney for a criminal case outweigh the costs.
What is the difference in verdict between acquittal and not guilty?A verdict of not guilty is an acquittal. To find a defendant not guilty is to free them from a criminal charge. It is possible to find a defendant guilty of some, but not all charges, resulting in a partial acquittal. Keep in mind that an acquittal doesn’t necessarily mean that a defendant is innocent. It simply means that the prosecution could not prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The prosecution cannot appeal a verdict of not guilty but can appeal an acquittal under certain circumstances. That is another reason why it is so important to have skilled attorneys in your corner during a criminal case.
- "Dave Copple and staff are top notch, from start to finish they are on point, caring, and do all they can to make you feel appreciated. Answers all questions immediately, they are truly a caring Law firm. If you ever need the services they provide, do not hesitate and give them a call. Dave and staff, we want to personally thank each and everyone of you for all you did for us! Danny & Carmen Petersen." - D.P.
- "Dave Copple and his staff helped us through a long, difficult process with the highest professionalism and caring. Answered our numerous questions quickly and completely. Would highly recommend to anyone." - P.F.
Representing Our Nebraska Clients throughout the Criminal Process
Our defense attorneys represent clients at all phases of a criminal case, from arraignment and discovery through preliminary hearings, trial and any necessary appeals. We are admitted to practice at all levels of the Nebraska judiciary as well as before the U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
If you or a member of your family has been charged with a criminal offense or is under investigation in a criminal matter, please contact Copple, Rockey, & Schlecht P.C., L.L.O online or by phone at 402-371-4300 immediately. We maintain offices in Omaha and Norfolk, and represent clients in Lincoln, and all areas of Nebraska.