Pre-Filing Meeting

A “pre-filing meeting” actually has very little to do with alternative sentencing because it is a proactive rather than reactive.  A pre-filing works this way:

Before the prosecutor even makes a decision to file criminal charges, defense counsel requests a meeting with the prosecutor to present evidence or information  that is otherwise unknown or unfamiliar to the prosecutor.  The hope is that this information (in addition to or in contrast to the police report) may shed further light upon the circumstances of the alleged offense, and thereby cause the prosecutor to refrain from filing any charges.

The evidence or information presented to the prosecutor may include, but is not limited to eyewitness statements, private investigator reports, and photographs.  In certain criminal cases, a pre-filing meeting can be very effective, especially when it prevents a client from suffering further stress and the risk associated with protracted litigation and/or trial.