Q: Why I need a lawyer?
In all civil and criminal matters, it is always a good idea to consult a lawyer or seek counsel. In criminal cases you may think you are guilty and that seeing a lawyer cannot help your case, but that is not usually true.
Q: Do I need a lawyer’s help if I am accused of a crime?
It is always in your best interest to consult a criminal defense lawyer as early as possible if you suspect you will be facing criminal charges. Whether or not you believe you have been wrongfully accused, we can fight to protect your legal and constitutional rights and monitor the proceedings for legality and fairness.
Q: What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
The traditional definition of a felony is a crime that is punishable by a year or more in state prison. A misdemeanor is a crime that is punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000.00 and imprisonment of less than one year in county jail. A capital offense is a felony punishable by death. A strike is a serious or violent felony conviction, as defined by the Penal Code, which greatly increases penalties.
Q: Do I have to go to court?
Unless ordered by the court, a lawyer can make appearances for you on misdemeanor cases (with the exception of domestic violence misdemeanors). With pre-approved court permission and after special arrangements have been made, your appearance may be waived in some felony cases.