For the average person, being arrested and accused of a crime can be a frightening experience. If you find yourself in this position, you are undoubtedly worried about the outcome of your case. The best thing you can do to protect yourself and your future is to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. At the Sarpy County, Nebraska law firm of Petersen Criminal Defense Law, we are committed to protecting you and your rights throughout the prosecution of your case. We understand your freedom and your future are at stake when you are accused of a criminal offense, which is why we are committed to providing you with an aggressive defense and remaining by your side as you navigate the often complex and confusing criminal justice system.
The History of Sarpy County, Nebraska
Like much of the surrounding area, Sarpy County was originally explored by Lewis and Clark as early as 1805. During the decades that followed, what would later become Sarpy County was predominantly settled by fur traders and farmers, also serving as the springboard for Nebraska’s settlement and expansion. Interestingly, while Sarpy County contained the oldest settlement in the state of Nebraska, it was one of the last lands along the river to be recognized by law. It was not until February 1, 1857, that the land “where the cities meet the country” was officially created and named after Colonel Peter Sarpy, an early fur trader at Fontenelle’s Post located in the Bellevue area in the 1840’s.
Sarpy County, Nebraska Today
Sarpy County, Nebraska is located just south of the City of Omaha and covers just 241 square miles, making it the smallest county in the state. Despite the county’s small size, it is the third most populous county in the state. As of the 2010 Census, Sarpy County was home to just fewer than 160,000 residents. However, the county is also part of the Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metropolitan Statistical Area which is home to almost one million people. Some of the cities and towns within Sarpy County include Bellevue, Gretna, and La Vista, as well as Papillion and Springfield. In addition, you will find Offutt Air Force Base in Sarpy County.
Petersen Criminal Defense Law in the Sarpy County Community
As a defendant in a criminal prosecution, your future and your freedom are likely at stake. Sometimes, a mere accusation is enough to wreak havoc in your personal and business life. Like many people in your position, you may not know where to turn for help and guidance. At Petersen Criminal Defense Law we understand what you are going through and are dedicated to offering you the help and guidance you need to launch a successful defense. Our commitment to our Sarpy County clients shows in the zealous manner in which we approach the representation of every client.
Facing criminal charges is stressful under any circumstances. If this is the first time you have ever been arrested, you may be dealing with the stress of being accused of a crime and attempting to learn the basics of the criminal justice system in short order. Hiring an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney is the most important step you can take at this juncture to protect yourself. If you have never before needed the assistance of a criminal defense attorney, you likely do not know exactly what to expect from your attorney-client relationship. Although every attorney-client interaction is unique, one thing you can expect from your dealings with the team at Petersen Criminal Defense Law is guidance. From the moment you become a client, we will become your voice and your shield throughout the prosecution of your case. As such, it is crucial you not speak to anyone about your case before you consult with your criminal defense attorney. All too often, the prosecuting attorney will convince a defendant his/her case is hopeless and a conviction is a foregone conclusion when the truth is the State lacks sufficient evidence to secure that conviction. By the time the defendant realizes this, he/she has already entered into a guilty plea agreement with the State.
As an accused, you have a number of important rights guaranteed to you in the U.S. Constitution, including the right to remain silent, the right to a lawyer, and the right to confront and cross examine the witnesses against you. These rights can only help you, however, if you exercise them when appropriate. By exercising your right to an attorney immediately, you effectively ensure your other rights will be excercised when appropriate. The criminal defense team at Petersen Criminal Defense Law has a long history of protecting and defending the rights of people who have been accused of a crime. We would be honored to provide that same protection and defense to you.
If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Sarpy County, Nebraska, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to discuss your legal rights and/or defenses. In Nebraska contact Petersen Criminal Defense Law 24 hours a day at 402-509-8070.