For most people, being charged with a criminal offense is a frightening, and often intimidating, experience. If you find yourself a defendant in a criminal prosecution, retaining the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney should be your first step toward protecting your rights and avoiding a conviction. At the Saunders County, Nebraska law firm of Petersen Criminal Defense Law, we understand that choosing someone to represent you in a criminal prosecution can be a stressful and confusing process, particularly if you have never needed the services of a criminal defense attorney in the past. We made the decision a long time ago to focus our practice solely on representing people in criminal matters – people just like you who are accused of a crime. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of an accused person and providing an aggressive and zealous defense to every client. When your freedom and future are at stake you need a committed criminal defense attorney by your side. You need the team at Petersen Criminal Defense Law.
Saunders County, Nebraska
The area now known as Saunders County was once home to the Otoe and Pawnee Indians. Saunders County was created by an act of the Territorial Legislature on January 26, 1856, and was originally named Calhoun County, after John C. Calhoun, the seventh Vice President of the United States. Unfortunately, the name Calhoun was also associated with a government surveyor by the same name who was suspected of corruption and was, therefore, not popular with the settlers in the area. So it was that in 1862 the Territorial Legislature changed the county name to Saunders, in honor of territorial Governor Alvin Saunders. Ashland is widely thought to be the first organized settlement in the county and was initially chosen as the county seat. However, by 1873, the voters chose the more centrally-located Wahoo, which remains the county seat today. On the east lawn of the Wahoo courthouse visitors will notice a replica of a Mark-14 torpedo, which stands as a memorial to the U.S.S. Wahoo and its crew of 65 who perished during World War II. The submarine was credited with sinking 20 Japanese ships before it was sunk by enemy action on October 11, 1943. Each October, a memorial service is held at the courthouse to honor those who gave their lives in submarine warfare. As to how the current county seat got its name, there are two potential explanations. The first is that the name originates from an Indian word for a medicinal plant known as the “burning bush,” which grew along the banks of the Wahoo Creek. The second explanation is the name is from the word “pahoo,” which means “not very bluffy” terrain.
Located in east central Nebraska, Saunders County had a population of just over 20,000 residents as of the 2010 Census. The county is included in the Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metropolitan Statistical Area, however, which boasts a population of close to one million residents.
Petersen Criminal Defense Law in the Saunders County, Nebraska Community
At Petersen Criminal Defense Law we understand what you are going though if you have been accused of a crime because we only represent criminal defendants, people just like you. Although we have the best criminal justice system in the world, it is far from perfect. Without someone to protect your rights and help you navigate the process, that system can be fraught with obstacles and potential traps. We have dedicated our practice to defending and protecting our friends and neighbors in the Saunders County community and the surrounding areas. Let us help and protect you too.
For a first-time defendant, the criminal justice system can seem impossible to navigate without help. Knowing who to trust, who to turn to, and how to make critical decisions can be daunting, especially while you are worried about the impact your arrest may have on your personal, professional, and even social life. One wrong step could have disastrous consequences for your defense and, consequently, your future. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney as early on in your case as possible is the best way to avoid making costly mistakes. In the meantime, do not discuss your case with anyone. This includes your spouse, your mother, or your cellmate. Anyone could potentially be forced to testify against you down the road or choose to do so as part of a deal with the State. In addition, remember that the police are not your friends and that it is perfectly legal for them to lie to you during an investigation. Finally, do not make your situation worse by attempting to flee or by drowning your sorrows and getting into more trouble. Instead, focus on hiring a criminal defense attorney to protect and defend you. 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 and we would be honored to provide that same level of protection and defense to you.
If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Saunders 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.