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ABOUT THE CRIMINAL PROCESS IN CALIFORNIA
Immediately upon your arrest, it is important to remain silent and contact an attorney. An attorney will be able to advise you on your rights and what your options are at this point – and may even be able to help dissuade the prosecuting attorney from filing charges.
2. FILING THE COMPLAINT
3. ARRAIGNMENT / FIRST APPEARANCE
The amount of bail is determined by the Judge. The Judge will look to two factors in deciding bail: your risk of flight and whether you pose a danger to the community. Bail amounts can range from being released on your own recognizance, all the way up to millions of dollars. In some cases no bail is allowed.
If you have already retained a Los Angeles Defense Lawyer at this point, your lawyer may be able to negotiate with the Court and prove that you are not a flight risk – enabling a release on your own recognizance or a lower bail amount.
4. PRELIMINARY HEARING
5. ARRAIGNMENT IN THE SUPERIOR COURT
Entering a plea of guilty or not guilty is an important decision that your lawyer can advise you on. Depending upon your particular case, it often benefits the accused to plead not guilty, but your lawyer can give you advice pertinent to your unique situation.
6. PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE
At the trial is where your lawyer’s hard work and preparation will pay off. It is important for your lawyer to thoroughly investigate all aspects of your case, evidence and charges in order to anticipate the prosecuting attorney’s next moves and counter them with evidence and information to defend your innocence. At your trial, your lawyer will act as your voice and representation in front of the Judge and jury. Your lawyer’s experience, communication and negotiation skills and knowledge will make all the difference in the outcome of your trial – along with their persistence and willingness to fight aggressively to defend your rights.
When a guilty verdict is dealt, your defense lawyer can work to obtain alternative sentencing, such as drug treatment or alcohol counseling, in lieu of jail time. There are a number of strategies your lawyer may utilize to help you avoid going to county jail or state prison.
LOS ANGELES CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
ROBERT M. BERNSTEIN
At the Law Offices of Robert M. Bernstein, we are committed to helping clients throughout Southern California who are facing criminal charges, including DUI, assault and battery, domestic violence, theft, fraud, federal crimes, drug offenses, child abuse, arson, embezzlement and much more. Regardless of the charges you are facing, by consulting Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer Robert M. Bernstein, you can get a better idea of what you can do to help ensure a positive outcome for your case.