Criminal defense attorneys, lawyers, and law firms assist those who have been arrested or charged with a crime. Whether the offense is serious or relatively minor, accused people, businesses, and organizations can benefit greatly from the services of criminal defense lawyers. In addition to many other crimes, they help defend against DUI/DWI, drug charges (including possession or sale), murder, assault, battery, probation violations, traffic offenses, kidnapping, burglary, forgery, shoplifting, extortion, theft, fraud, embezzlement, and sex crimes (from domestic violence to rape). Criminal defense specialists seek to avoid jail for their clients, and work to reduce or dismiss charges, obtain bail, or negotiate a plea bargain. They can negotiate with local or state prosecutors and judges to obtain a diversion, a conditional discharge, alternative sentencing, or a lesser conviction. Criminal defense attorneys represent individuals at arraignment, preliminary hearing, police interrogation, pre-trial conference, and trial, as well as at any appeals and probation proceedings.