in Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz County?
and need your criminal record expunged?
FIND YOURSELF WITH A LEGAL QUESTION
you cannot answer?
HAVE A CIVIL MATTER
that you cannot resolve alone?
Competent yet affordable representation is available. I believe everyone should have competent representation and I do my best to make it affordable.
If you or a loved one are charged with a crime, take heart… I understand being charged with a crime is stressful—whether it is an infraction, misdemeanor or felony. The prospect of facing jail, the loss of your reputation, or fines can be daunting. However, with competent representation by an attorney licensed to practice law, the worst will not always be the case.
1) Do not talk to the police…If you are being investigated give the police your name and identification only.
2) Be polite, cooperative and calm, but request an attorney before making any type of statement. Remember, police will interview with the goal to obtain an incriminating statement. Don’t give them one. Exercise your constitutional rights to remain silent and ask for a lawyer. And remember, it is the government’s burden to prove a crime!
3) Do not miss your first court appearance. In most cases, once retained an attorney can make all court appearances for you so you do not miss work or suffer embarrassment of going to court for criminal charges.
4) Do not just plead guilty at arraignment. Do not risk the possibility of being taken advantage of just because it might appear easier to plead guilty. An attorney can look over the police report, complaint and discuss the facts and options with you. Ask the judge for time to obtain an attorney and take advantage of that consultation to make sure you are making an informed decision.
Keep these points in mind and contact me for a FREE consultation to learn your rights and what you face. If I am not right for your case, I will recommend several attorneys. And don’t worry, if you need one, you can afford an attorney.