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Nearly all criminal cases create an atmosphere of anxiety. If you have never been arrested, let alone charged with a criminal violation, there are many unpleasant things that will go through your mind. “Am I going to jail?”, “What possible penalties am I facing?”, “What will I tell my family or employer?”, “Can I fight this, what am I going to do?.” The road ahead can be uncertain and often leaves people feeling overwhelmed. The first step to overcoming any level of anxiety is to become properly educated about your case.
When you educate yourself with the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney, you empower yourself. Besides having a general awareness of the criminal charges you may be facing, you also need to know how these charges may affect your home-life, employment, or in certain instances, your driving privileges. It is important to be aware of the specific consequences you are facing, and whether they are short-term or long-term in nature.
Clearly, there may be more than one side to a story, and it is critical that you are able to share your understanding of the events/facts that led to your arrest. You may not be aware that a legal defense exists, and even if you are, you may not be aware of how to effectively communicate this information to your benefit.
My goal in criminal representation is to provide clients with a proper understanding of their case. That understanding includes providing a client not only with an understanding of the specific issues involved, but also, an honest and reasonable assessment of options available to the client. For every criminal case, there is a specific strategy that can be developed. In some cases, that may mean preparing a defense to present in a jury trial, and in other cases, preparing mitigating facts towards a negotiated resolution (“damage control”). Regardless of what strategy may be best for your circumstances and before you can decide what option to choose, I can provide you with a clear and thoughtful understanding of your case.
Professional Service & Personal Attention
When interacting with an attorney, you should have the ability to discuss your thoughts and concerns about your case at all times. You should not have to wait unreasonably for return telephone calls, texts, emails, etc. When your case already is filled with some stress and apprehension, your attorney should not compound these unpleasant feelings. Furthermore, when you hire an attorney, among the reasons you do so, is because of the comfort level established between attorney and client. You should feel assured that your comfort level will continue uninterrupted throughout the representation process.
Among the responsibilities I owe to my clients is to see that each is supported by regular communication from myself, and not from an assistant or another attorney bought in to help with the case. Given that my practice is as a solo-practitioner, it is imperative that when a client has a question, simple or otherwise, they receive a prompt, if not immediate response from me directly. Recognizing that every client can’t help but worry, even a little, about their case, it is paramount that each client has ‘ready access’ to information.
Many criminal practitioners know and understand the intricacies of criminal law, but many times in order to be an effective advocate for your client; you need to ‘know’ the courthouse you’re working in. Every criminal case is different and so are the practices of every courthouse and prosecutor’s office handling the cases within. What might be the normal way a case is handled in one courthouse may be handled entirely different in another. Because of this, you should always seek to speak with an attorney familiar with the courthouse your case is filed and pending within.
For over 14 years, I have been handling criminal cases in Northern Los Angeles County courts; Lancaster, San Fernando, Van Nuys, and in particular, the Newhall Superior Court. I appear daily before these courts and consequently, am very familiar with many of the judges, as well as the prosecuting attorneys of the Los Angeles City Attorney and Los Angeles County District Attorney offices. Enjoying a positive reputation with these courts and offices enables me to be far more effective than attorneys from outside the area because of an established sense of trust and integrity when discussing cases. Additionally, my experience and familiarity with these courts allows me the unique opportunity to share with clients, in a specific manner, what strategies will work in their case.