Riverside criminal defense attorney/lawyer

Facing any type of criminal charges in Riverside, California could lead to severe penalties, including fines, incarceration, and loss of your rights. The team at My SoCal Lawyers provides a full range of criminal defense services to those facing criminal charges in the Inland Empire area. If you or a loved one is accused of a crime, it’s essential to have reliable defense counsel from an experienced Riverside, California criminal defense attorney.

My SoCal Lawyers strives to provide the most robust possible defense in every criminal case we represent. We understand the uncertainty and frustration you might feel when confronted with criminal charges, and our goal is to help you avoid a conviction or have the charges against you dropped. It’s essential to understand how California state prosecutors pursue a conviction in the type of criminal case you currently face, and we will help you approach your unique legal situation with greater confidence and peace of mind.

Why Do I Need a Riverside Criminal Defense Lawyer?

My SoCal Lawyers is a private defense firm providing legal counsel to clients throughout the Inland Empire. While an individual accused of committing a crime has the right to secure legal counsel free of charge from a public defense attorney, private criminal defense firms like My SoCal Lawyers can typically offer a much higher level of representation than the average public defender can provide.

While most public defenders are skilled attorneys, they typically manage multiple cases at a time. They cannot provide the individualized attention that you could expect from a private defense firm. Private defenders may be skilled, but their heavy caseloads prevent them from offering a private defense attorney’s comprehensive, personalized legal counsel.

Cases We Handle

My SoCal Lawyers provides criminal defense representation for many types of criminal cases:

  • Assault, including assault and battery or aggravated assault. “Assault” describes presenting a threat of violence against another person, “assault and battery” describes the completion of such a threat with physical force, and “aggravated assault” typically applies to a severe assault or assault committed with a weapon.
  • Drug crimes, including possession, trafficking, and distribution. If you are charged with any drug offense, our team could argue for rehabilitation instead of incarceration or otherwise work to reduce your potential penalties.
  • Weapons charges. California upholds some of the strictest gun laws in the US. If you are accused of any type of violation of California firearms laws, we can defend you.
  • Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. It may be possible to plead down to a “wet reckless” and avoid a conviction for DUI, or our team could find inconsistencies or invalidities in the prosecution’s case to have your charges dropped.
  • Domestic violence. Any conviction for domestic violence could lead to fines, imprisonment, or loss of parental rights. If you are wrongfully accused of spousal or child abuse, we can help you build a robust defense.
  • We represent many types of fraud cases: disability fraud, insurance fraud, mail fraud, check fraud, and more.
  • Theft, including petty theft and grand theft. Stealing another person’s property can lead to severe penalties such as fines and jail time, and the severity of the penalty hinges on the value of the property stolen.

Potential Penalties for Criminal Conviction in Riverside California

Recently, California legislators enacted sweeping reforms to state criminal laws, and many offenses now carry much lighter sentences than they did a few years ago. However, this does not mean anyone should forego legal counsel when charged with a crime in the Inland Empire. If you have been arrested and charged with any criminal offense, it is vital to secure legal counsel from an experienced Riverside, California criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.

California law separates crimes into felonies and misdemeanors. A felony conviction can lead to several years in prison, fines in the thousands or tens of thousands of dollars, loss of your constitutional rights, and long-term complications, including difficulty finding a job or securing financial aid. Though technically less severe than felony offenses, misdemeanor convictions can also incur heavy penalties, including fines, jail time, community service, and mandatory counseling or safety courses.

What to Expect From Your Defense Attorney

When you hire a Riverside criminal defense attorney to represent you in any criminal case, their first step in handling your case should be to closely examine the conditions of your arrest. If the police officers who arrested you failed to read you your Miranda rights or otherwise violated due process, it may be enough to have your case dismissed outright. The next step in your defense will be to challenge the evidence presented against you. The prosecution must prove that all evidence in play was legally obtained and use this evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Your defense attorney’s job is to poke holes in the prosecution’s case, challenge the validity of the evidence presented, and present exculpatory evidence on your behalf.

Your defense attorney can also assist you with issues such as posting bail, potentially arguing on your behalf to have you released on your own recognizance after arrest until your arraignment.  We can also coordinate with local bail bond agents to reduce your bail bond fee if bonding is necessary to get you out of jail until your court date.

Representing Clients in Riverside, California

If you face criminal charges of any kind in Riverside, California, a criminal defense lawyer is your best asset in defending yourself. My SoCal Lawyers offers robust and reliable criminal defense at every stage of your case. If you or your loved one has been arrested for any crime in Riverside, California, it’s vital to ensure one of your first phone calls is directed to our team. You can also fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation with an experienced Riverside, California criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.