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Ventura Criminal Defense Attorney

Criminal Law Legal Counsel Serving Ventura County

Why try to battle your criminal charges alone when you can get the help you need from a Ventura criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Christopher P. Welch? The criminal justice system can be difficult to navigate without the help of a professional defense attorney on your side, so don't wait to contact Mr. Welch for the aggressive defense you need at this time.

With over 10 years of legal experience, our firm's Ventura criminal defense attorney can offer a relentless defense, fighting diligently to help you achieve the best results possible. Mr. Welch has a wealth of knowledge concerning many areas of criminal defense, assisting numerous clients facing both misdemeanor and felony charges. When so much is at stake, you owe it to yourself to obtain seasoned legal advocacy to secure your freedom.

Contact us online or call (805) 467-6542 to learn more about how our Ventura criminal defense lawyer today!

What Is Criminal Defense?

Criminal defense is a specialized area of law focused on defending individuals accused of committing crimes. It encompasses a variety of legal strategies and protections to ensure that the accused's rights are upheld throughout the criminal justice process.

A criminal defense attorney works to challenge the prosecution's case, defend the rights of the accused, and strive for the most favorable outcome possible, be it through reduced charges, acquittal, or minimized sentencing.

Steps to Protect Your Rights If Arrested in Ventura

  • Stay Calm and Polite: It is crucial to remain calm and composed. Avoid being argumentative or confrontational with law enforcement officers, as this can escalate the situation.
  • Exercise Your Right to Remain Silent: Inform the officers that you are invoking your right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you, so it is prudent to avoid making any statements without your attorney present.
  • Request an Attorney: Clearly state that you wish to consult with an attorney. The law mandates that you have the right to legal counsel, and this request should halt any further questioning until your lawyer is present.
  • Do Not Consent to Searches: Politely refuse any requests to search your person, vehicle, or property unless the officers have a valid warrant. Consenting to a search can lead to the discovery of evidence that may be used against you.
  • Document Everything: Take note of the officers' names, badge numbers, and any details about the arrest. This information can be essential for your defense attorney as they build your case.
  • Avoid Discussing Your Case: Do not discuss the details of your arrest or charges with anyone other than your attorney. Friends, family members, and fellow inmates are not bound by attorney-client privilege and could potentially testify against you.
  • Follow Legal Advice and Attend All Hearings: Adhere strictly to the guidance provided by your attorney and make sure to attend all scheduled court hearings. Failing to appear can result in additional charges and complications.

By following these steps, you can better protect your rights and position yourself for a more favorable outcome in the event of an arrest in Ventura.

Law Office of Christopher P. Welch Areas of Practice in Ventura County

At our firm, we have handled many types of cases, offering each client personalized and hard-hitting defense tactics that strive for favorable outcomes. Since we are well-versed in criminal defense, we can help give you a firm advantage in your defense.

Our firm can confidently assist you if you are facing the following charges:

The Benefits of Hiring a Private Defense Attorney vs. a Public Defender

After you are arrested, you will need to decide if you want to work with a court-appointed lawyer, known as a public defender, or hire a private attorney. While a public defender won't cost you as much money, they will not be able to provide the personalized & experienced representation that a private defense attorney can offer. Public defenders are often underpaid and overloaded, so they may not be able to put enough time and effort into your case to get a successful result. Some may even advise you to take a plea agreement without even attempting to come up with a defense strategy.

No matter what type of criminal allegation you are facing, you can contact the Law Office of Christopher P. Welch for thorough and aggressive legal assistance. With more than a decade of experience to his name, our Ventura criminal defense lawyer is fully prepared to handle your case with integrity and with the intent to get you the results that you deserve.

Contact the firm by calling (805) 467-6542 today for a free case evaluation.

Our Verdicts Speak for Themselves

See Our Winning Case Results
  • Case Dismissed Assault With a Deadly Weapon
  • Case Dismissed Attempted Rape
  • Case Dismissed Battery & Assault Charge
  • Case Dismissed Battery Causing Serious Bodily Injury
  • Case Dismissed Carjacking by Gunpoint
  • Case Dismissed Carjacking With Life in Prison

The Stories That Matter

See What Our Previous Clients Have to Say
  • “Best Attorney You Could Ask For!”
    “Being there when you need him most, hand in hand. He walks you out of the living hell that had you bound. My Guardian Angel.”
    - Gilbert R.
  • “He Obtained Impossible Results!”
    “Mr. Welch communicated with us every step of the way, making us feel comfortable in his capable hands going through the worst situations our family has faced. We are forever grateful for his help, and can not recommend him enough.”
    - Lynette D.
  • “He Achieved Excellent Results for Me!”
    “He represented us in a difficult legal matter with excellent results. Always available for questions and responds right away. We have a great trust in him which is what one needs in legal matters. Reasonable fees too!”
    - Anthony M.
  • “Well Skilled Attorney!”
    “We were more than pleased with the outcome he provided. My brother was facing a lot of years and Welch managed to get the impossible done. My brother got released on probation. Definitely recommend him.”
    - Stephany P.
  • “The Best Choice!”
    “As an Attorney, he went above and beyond the call of duty to meet my legal needs. I recommend Mr. Welch for any legal counsel 100%. Chris will always reply to your messages or any questions right away and is very courteous and personable!”
    - Janet O.
  • “Cleared My Name”
    “Mr. Welch took care of all my worries and concerns while clearing my name through all the false accusations. I was more than happy with the outcome we were awarded”
    - James D.
  • “Above and Beyond”
    “We are absolutely impressed and satisfied with the effort Chris put in to help us with our case. He literally went above and beyond more then any other public defender that we have ran into.”
    - Jenny T.
  • “Reasonably Priced, Prompt, and Available to Answer My Questions”
    “Chris represented me on a matter I was dealing with to my complete satisfaction. He was reasonably priced, prompt, and available to answer my questions. Most of all, my worry level went from 'elevated' to 'calm' during a 40-minute first consultation that I”
    - Lisa L.

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