Any criminal charge can be overwhelming, emotional, and difficult to process. The accusation alone can leave you feeling hopeless. If you are convicted of a crime, it can be a life-changing experience that makes you or your loved ones feel isolated. Penalties can include long prison sentences, hefty fines, probation, and other assigned damages. It can also make it difficult to find work, a place to live, and additional educational opportunities, as well as harm your social reputation. However, with the right criminal defense attorney fighting for you, those criminal charges can be dismissed or reduced. You could even reach an acquittal.
Whether this is your first criminal charge, or you are facing your third strike, you deserve to have an attorney who can fight for your rights and challenge the circumstances that led to your arrest. At the Law Office of James E. Silverstein, we offer a full-service criminal defense. Our firm has a long history of defending cases ranging from small misdemeanors to felony murder. No matter the circumstances of the crime or the type of charges you are facing, we have the experience and knowledge to provide you with the best defense that you deserve. We know that each case is unique, and yours deserves an individualized approach. We fight for you by putting your needs first so that you get the best outcome possible.
When you are facing a crime in Canoga Park, CA, you may not know where to begin. You find yourself thrown immediately into the criminal justice system. Most people do not retain attorneys on a regular basis. The attorney you select could make a big difference in the outcome of your case. Deciding which attorney is right for you can be complicated. Following these tips can help ensure that you have done your due diligence.
No matter the circumstances of your crime, you still have rights that are guaranteed to you by the US Constitution. Many of these rights are specifically designed to protect you throughout the criminal justice system. They were established to defend you from unjust due process or mistreatment by law enforcement officials.
The federal government has also passed legislation to protect you from malfeasance. One of the most crucial of these acts protects you from discrimination based on a protected characteristic such as your gender, gender identity, age, religion, race, or other personal identifiers.
The first experience you will have with law enforcement is at the time of your arrest, where your Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights will be most challenged. The Fifth Amendment protects a person from incriminating themselves. When a person is accused of a crime, they have the right to say nothing to law enforcement. This is why, when you are suspected of a crime, law enforcement is required to read you your Miranda rights. This reminds suspects that they do not have to say anything, but if they choose to, it could be held against them in court. If you are arrested, you should exercise this right and simply comply with law enforcement directions. Refrain from speaking about the circumstances of your arrest until you can have an attorney present.
This leads to the Sixth Amendment, which states that you have a right to be represented by an attorney in any criminal case. Even if you cannot afford an attorney, you are entitled to receive one. This will also be read to you as part of your Miranda rights. If you are unable to hire one or refuse to hire one, you may be appointed a public defender, whose job it is to provide you with legal representation. Public defenders are provided at no cost. However, it is best to have an attorney who understands the situation and cares about your well-being. While public defenders may have a great understanding of the law, they are often overwhelmed with multiple clients. They are not able to provide the individualized attention your case may require.
Criminal defense has been a part of the practice at the Law Office of James E. Silverstein for years. With our experience, we have helped clients who are facing a number of different criminal charges. While the circumstances of each case are unique, the law does not change. Our experience has helped clients with charges including:
These cases, and many others, all carry penalties that can change our client’s life forever.
In a court of law, it is not up to you and your attorney to prove that you did not commit the crime. Rather, the prosecutor must show beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of the offense. That requires an understanding of the types of charges you face and what evidence could be presented against you. Common elements of a criminal case include the following:
This evidence, along with others, can be used by both the prosecutor and the defense. Both sides will try to prove the other wrong.
While both sides attempt to discredit each other, there are other ways to cast doubt on the charges that you may face. No two cases are alike. Therefore, your defense needs to be unique to your circumstances. However, it is common to use certain defense strategies, including:
While these are common types of defenses, they are not the only ones. Because your case needs a unique defense for your situation, your attorney can review the facts and build the best defense possible. To do that, it is important that your attorney has all the facts. Therefore, you should be as open and honest as you can.
Attorneys and their clients have a confidentiality agreement, under which your attorney is not permitted to discuss conversations they have with you. Being honest is vital to a proper defense.
When building a defense, it is important to follow the guidance and suggestions of your attorney. This will keep you from harming your case. Other ways to avoid that include:
Each criminal case is unique and requires a distinct plan of defense. Therefore, there are no set fees for criminal defense attorneys. The circumstances of your case will determine the amount of time your attorney will need to spend on it. This, in turn, determines the fees you will pay. Impacts on the cost include any pretrial work and the amount of time the case is in court.
You should speak with an attorney directly about their prices in your initial conversation. However, the cost of a good defense should not deter you from hiring one. A great criminal defense attorney may be costly. Still, you will have greater long-term savings in money and time not spent in prison. Expert legal help can minimize the impact of the charges on your life.
No matter if this is your first offense, or you have been previously convicted of a crime, facing criminal charges is a difficult process that can be emotionally harmful. Your life can be significantly impacted by the outcome of the case against you. The effects last beyond any time you may be in prison. They also affect your life afterward as you try to secure housing, employment, or other basic living needs. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma associated with those who have been convicted of a crime, even after they have served their time.
With the help of the Law Office of James E. Silverstein, your case can get the attention it deserves. We can keep you from having to worry about these long-term impacts. Beginning with your version of the events leading up to your arrest and the process leading up to litigation, we can provide a comprehensive review of your case and determine the best defense. In many cases, there are details that seem insignificant, but they could be the key to keeping you out of prison. We listen to you to ensure that we understand the case inside and out.
Our team has the knowledge and experience to handle any situation you bring to us. Our priority is to prepare you for every step of the defense process and achieve the best possible outcome. Choose an attorney you can trust—one who believes in you and knows that your life depends on them. Contact us today and let us give you the representation you deserve.