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Oftentimes people who have been charged with a criminal offense mistakenly believe that they can handle the matter on their own. This can have significant consequences on not only that person’s case, but their future. There are many benefits to having a knowledgeable and experienced Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on your side.

Appearance in Court

Your first appearance in Court for a criminal offense can be nerve wrecking. You do not know what the process will be like, what will happen, or what to do. In addition, you may have to take time off of work, get there an hour before the Court opens so that you can wait in line, and anticipate that you will be there all day until your name is called.

If you have been arrested for a DUI, it is nothing more than a charge against you. Oftentimes, an arrest alone does not manifest into a charge. You may appear in Court on the date assigned, and find that no charges had yet been filed. However, that is not always the case.

A charge alone does not lead to a conviction.  You can only be convicted in one of two ways; 1) you enter a plea of guilty, or 2) you are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in trial. There are ways to prepare your case so that you give yourself the best possible chance of getting your case dismissed, or in the very least reduced.

There are many different ways you can fight a Los Angeles DUI Offense.

Many of our clients are students who have traveled internationally to study in the United States. Unfortunately, while they are here they often find themselves in legal trouble. A criminal offense can be stressful and a hassle by itself, but when there are immigration issues, it can have additional unforeseen consequences. An international student is often here on a visa, and there may be complications to that visa when they are convicted of a DUI or other criminal charge.

Obtaining the best possible legal representation can help avoid immigration issues. It can help reduce or dismiss the charges against you so that your immigration status remains untouched. In order to better understand how a Los Angeles Criminal Offense lawyer can be useful, let’s consider an example.

Dimitri is an international student studying at a university in California. After finals, he and his friends go out to celebrate. Dimitri has quite a few drinks and is walking down the street with his friends trying to find a cab. Dimitri is stopped by officers and cited for a misdemeanor drunk and disorderly conduct. Dimitri is studying in the United States with a visa, and is not a United States Citizen. If he is convicted of a misdemeanor charge, it can remain on his record and affect his visa status, possible requiring him to return to his home country.

Many people have recently been arrested in Los Angeles for protesting. When a person has been arrested for protesting, there is a fine balance between what will qualify as a criminal charge against them, and what actions will fall under their First Amendment right to free speech.

A person who has been charged for protesting is generally charged under California Penal Code §647. Under California Penal Code §647 defines which actions can be constituted as disorderly conduct. The code sections also outlines a potential range of consequences if a person is convicted under this statute.

A person who is convicted may face a fine of up to $1,000.00, and jail time of up to six months. There may also be some probation. A charge under PC §647 is a misdemeanor. This means that if you are convicted it will remain on your criminal record.

When you have been suspected of committing a Los Angeles Hit and Run, you will not automatically be charged. Officers will first prepare a report and submit evidence to prosecutors. Prosecutors will then review the case and make a determination as to whether there is ample evidence to file charges.

Whether prosecutors have filed charges or not, should not affect how you treat the case. Oftentimes, there are steps that can be taken to avoid charges altogether if they have not yet been filed. Additionally, there are steps to take that can lead to a dismissal of charges if they have been filed. It is never too late or early to be working towards a dismissal of charges.

One such way to help dismiss charges is through the use of a civil compromise. A civil compromise is prepared by an attorney and is essentially an agreement between a person who has caused injury or damage, and the person who was injured or whose property was damaged. The agreement states that restitution has been made, or amends have been made, and the person who was injured or whose property was damages has been made whole and does not believe charges are necessary.

Sometimes before you are charged with a Los Angeles Hit and Run, the police department will send you a letter. The letter will inform you that there is an investigation against you for a Hit and Run and will invite you to come to the police department for questioning. This may seem routine, especially if you believe you did not do anything, but it is still an interrogation. You should have a Los Angeles Hit and Run lawyer present with you when you go to the police department.

At this point in the process, you have not been charged with a Hit and Run and are certainly not guilty of the charge. This is just the investigation point and will require officers to put together evidence, and prepare a report to present to the prosecutors. The prosecutors will then review the report and evidence and make a decision as to whether there is enough to file formal charges against you.

This stage of the process is very crucial, because it can set a precedent for your case. It is also extremely important that you consult with an hire a Los Angeles Hit and Run attorney as soon as possible to guide you through this process. At this crucial juncture, any questioning, or actions taken by you can either lead to a dismissal of any potential charges, or it can lead to a full blown trial.

The legislature found that it was especially important that the elderly are given special consideration and protection. This is due to the fact that many elderly persons are dependent, often confused, on medication and otherwise mentally or physically impaired. This makes it easier for a person to take advantage of them in their conditions, and therefore under California Penal Code §368, the legislature has dedicated a specific section for those who are charged with abuse of an elderly person.

The statute describes several different forms of abuse that will be chargeable under the statute. The following people may be grounds for a person to be charged under California Penal Code §368

  1. Any person who knows or reasonably should have known that a person is an elder or dependent and who under circumstances or conditions likely to produce great bodily harm or death, willfully causes or permits any elder or dependent adult to suffer, or inflicts thereon unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering

If you have been arrested for possession of marijuana, there may be available defenses or the presence of certain facts that may help reduce the charges.

If you are in possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, then your charge should be an infraction and not a misdemeanor or felony. This type of offense is charged under California Health and Safety Code 11357(b).  Oftentimes prosecutors will charge marijuana possession cases as misdemeanors, when they really should be charged as infractions. An experienced Los Angeles Criminal Defense attorney knows the law, and will gather evidence that demonstrates that the charge should have been an infraction and not a misdemeanor.

If the charge is successfully reduced to an infraction, there is a significant benefit to the person who has been charged. With an infraction you do not need to report it on any application that requests your criminal history, nor does it need to be disclosed in interviews. An infraction’s sentencing is also lower, and only involves a fine. There is no jail sentence or probation with an infraction.

If you have been arrested by officers under the suspicion of having violated a criminal offense, chances are you may be charged. This is not always the case. Oftentimes a person may be arrested, but upon review of the evidence and facts, prosecutors choose not to file formal charges.

In certain situations however, not only do prosecutors determine that there is sufficient evidence to file charges against a person, they find that several charges are appropriate. This happens often in Los Angeles Hit and Runs and Los Angeles DUIs. A person who has been charged may also be simultaneously charged with additional offenses such as insurance fraud, probation violation, or even a failure to appear. If you are being charged with several offenses, it is important to remember that each charge is its own case. They may be consolidated, but you must address and argue each individual case.

As with each criminal charge, there are available defenses and arguments. A case must be prepared and defended separately in court.

If you have made the decision to hire a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney to represent you on the criminal charges against you, you have made the best decision for your future. A Criminal Lawyer has extensive experience and knowledge with the court system and with the prosecutors working on your case. This makes the whole process efficient, and stress free.

If you have an attorney representing you in Court, and you are being charged with a misdemeanor, you do not have to be present in Court. Your attorney can appear on your behalf. The first appearance in Court is called the Arraignment. As stated, you do not need to appear at the Arraignment if you have an attorney representing you. If you do not have an attorney representing you, you will need to appear in Court to defend yourself. If you do not appear timely, then a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest. You will then not only face the charges you were called into Court for, but will also have to defend yourself against the bench warrant and Failure to Appear charges.

Your attorney will talk to you in depth regarding what will happen at your Arraignment, whether you choose to appear or not. If you have any questions, it is a good idea to speak to your attorney about your questions so that you fully understand the process.