Criminal Defense FAQ
Ventura Criminal Attorney
Do you have questions about your case? Unsure of what steps to take after
a criminal arrest? Our firm is here to provide helpful tips and guidance
regarding these matters. We created this section to answer some of the
most common questions our clients have. If you would like more information
or would like to schedule a free consultation with a Ventura
criminal defense attorney to discuss your case,
contact us today.
Should I talk with police about my case?
While it is beneficial for you to share personal information and other
required details with police to remain cooperative, you do have the right
to remain silent on the matters surrounding your case. It is crucial that
you exercise this right, even if you are completely innocent. Police may
try to use information you gave them against you in court, hurting your
What are my rights in a DUI stop?
If you have ever been pulled over for
DUI, you know that it can be a nerve-wracking situation. The more you know
about your rights in these types of stops, the better. While you do have
the right to refuse to take a field sobriety test if you are over the
age of 21, you can't refuse a chemical test without some penalties.
You do have the right to ask the officer what you have been pulled over
for, especially if you believe they do not have any reasonable cause.
What type of penalties am I facing?
The severity of the penalties you will be facing depend heavily on the
type of crime you have been accused of. In most cases, jail time, fines,
and probation will be included. For cases like DUI, you could have your
license suspended and be required to have an ignition interlock device
installed. Domestic violence cases may lead to required anger management
or counseling classes.
If I plan on pleading guilty do I still need a lawyer?
Yes! Even if you believe the best option for your case is to plead guilty
you should still have an attorney by your side at all times. Our criminal
defense lawyer can argue to have your charges reduced or push for a plea
bargain that offers a much lighter sentence.
Can I talk with my family and friends about my case?
Though it may be tempting to share with family and friends about the details
of your case, it will not be beneficial in the long run. The more information
you pass around, the more vulnerable your defense will be. Not only may
that, but a family member or friend can be called upon to testify regarding
what you told them.
What type of defenses can I use for my case?
Like penalties, the types of defenses a person uses will depend heavily
on the type of charges they are facing and the severity of their crime.
There are a variety of defenses available and a seasoned, proven attorney
knows exactly which ones to utilize for your case. When you work with
our legal team, we will make sure your defense is solid and will stand
up against even the toughest prosecutor.
An officer treated me unfairly. Can I get the court to drop my case?
Whether or not you are able to get your charges dropped due to police
misconduct or brutality will depend on if you can prove the mistreatment.
Further, it will also affect your case if a police officer made the arrest
in a way that violated your rights or used false testimony to secure your
arrest. No matter the case, if you believe any type of police misconduct
was involved in your situation, make sure you seek legal counsel right away.