Understanding Criminal Charges
Crimes are broadly classified as either misdemeanors or felonies. The distinguishing
elements between these two categories include the severity of the crime
and the harshness of the consequences. Misdemeanors, considered less serious
in nature, incur lesser penalties than felonies. Typical punishments for
a misdemeanor include fines and jail time of one year or less. Felonies,
on the other hand, are punishable by many years in prison and carry much
In criminal law, there are two primary parties: the defendant and the prosecution.
The defendant is the person who has been accused of a crime. The prosecution
– either the state or federal government – is the side the
seeks a conviction against the defendant. Whether the state or federal
government is involved depends on the type of crime, where it was committed,
and who it was allegedly committed against. Federal cases are much more
demanding, as the prosecution team has a vast array of resources at their
disposal to convict an alleged criminal. State cases are still challenging
and should usually be handled with the help of an experienced lawyer.
Why Do I Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer?
The laws in a criminal case are complex and difficult to understand without
extensive training. If you decide to fight your charges, you will be going
up against a prosecution team with extensive experience handling cases
just like yours. In most cases they are successful against those who do
not have adequate representation. It is advisable that you consult with
a criminal defense attorney in Santa Clarita who can help you understand
the laws that apply to your case and negotiate or litigate on your behalf.
When you choose to work with Lias Law Firm, we can:
- Explain your rights and legal options
- Advise you on the various approaches and arguments for your case
- Help you gain a temporary release through bail
- Negotiate with the prosecutor for reduced charges
- Help you make the right decision about accepting a plea bargain
- Present the necessary evidence to refute the prosecutor’s case against you
To get started with your case, call our Santa Clarita criminal defense
lawyer today at
(661) 529-7011 or
contact us online for a free consultation.