CRIMINAL DEFENSE & DUI DEFENSE ATTORNEY ORANGE COUNTY CA
Criminal charges of any kind require the expertise of an attorney who specializes in criminal defense, but most especially criminal charges that could result in significant prison time if you are convicted. If you have been arrested in Orange County for DUI or any other criminal offense, or if you have an outstanding warrant, your future and your freedom may be at risk. The best way to protect yourself against criminal charges that could affect the rest of your life is to hire an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney to represent your case. At Seyb Law Group, we put the needs of our clients first and we will work right alongside you and your family, from the moment we take on the case, with the goal of getting your charges reduced or dismissed. Contact our Orange County criminal defense law firm today for qualified legal help. We will work tirelessly to protect your legal rights and help you get the best possible outcome in your criminal case.
Affordable Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney
Your first course of action when facing criminal charges, no matter how minor the charges may seem, should be to retain an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney. Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges for an Orange County DUI crime, theft crime, drug crime, sex crime or another criminal offense, hiring an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney can significantly improve your chances of getting the best possible outcome in your case. Our attorneys will fight for your rights using every resource at our disposal and if you are convicted of the crime you are facing, we will negotiate with the prosecution to minimize your punishment or get your charges reduced to keep you out of jail.
Our lawyers at Seyb Law Group have won thousands of misdemeanor and felony cases in Orange County and the surrounding counties, and we have a reputation for being passionate, honest and aggressive when representing our clients in court. Unlike some of the larger law firms in Southern California where quantity often trumps quality, our attorneys give every criminal defense case the personalized attention it deserves. When you hire Seyb Law Group, you will work directly with a top Orange County criminal defense lawyer whose primary goal is to help you get your charges reduced or dismissed altogether. Let our law firm work for you. Contact Seyb Law Group today for a free initial consultation.
Criminal Penalties in Orange County
The criminal justice system in Orange County is tough on crime and even some first-time misdemeanor offenses, such as a first DUI conviction, carry significant punishments. Not only can criminal convictions in Orange County lead to harsh legal penalties – such as jail time, a prison sentence, significant fines, probation and more – they can also have a severe adverse impact on your personal and professional life, possibly causing you to lose your job or your professional licenses, forcing you to live with a criminal record, and robbing you of many of your basic civil rights, such as the right to vote, the right to sit on a jury, and the right to own, possess or use a firearm.
At Seyb Law Group, we understand that sometimes bad things happen to good people. Maybe you rarely drink and went out just this once to celebrate a new promotion with friends, only to get pulled over for drunk driving on your way home. The police will have no sympathy for your situation – their job is to gather evidence against you to be used in court – and if your case goes to trial, the prosecution will try to present you to the court as a careless and reckless individual. When you are arrested for a crime, it is imperative that you take immediate action to defend your rights and avoid the life-changing penalties that can accompany a criminal conviction, especially a felony conviction.
California’s Three Strikes Sentencing Law
The state of California has a habitual offender law in place, commonly referred to as the “Three Strikes” sentencing law, which significantly increases the prison sentences of defendants convicted of any new felony after having been previously convicted of one or more violent crimes or serious felonies, limiting the ability of defendants with two or more “strike” priors to receive a punishment other than a life sentence. A felony under Orange County law is a crime punishable by a state prison sentence, as opposed to a county jail sentence. Serious or violent felonies considered strike priors under the law include the following:
- Residential burglary
- Most sex offenses (Rape, child molestation)
- Any offense in which a weapon was personally used
- Any offense resulting in great bodily injury
- Crimes involving explosive devices
- Attempts to commit any of these offenses
California’s Three Strikes law went into effect in March 1994, and under the law, any individual convicted of a felony can receive a dramatically increased punishment, no matter how minor the crime. For instance, a defendant convicted of any new felony with one “strike” prior must be sentenced to prison for twice the amount of time normally prescribed to that offense, according to the Three Strikes law, and a defendant convicted of any new felony with two “strike” priors faces a minimum of 25 years to life in prison.
What to do After an Arrest
From the moment you are arrested for a crime or taken into police custody, anything you say or do can be used against you, and it is easy to make a grievous mistake if you aren’t familiar with the legal protocol surrounding criminal cases in Orange County. The following are the two most important steps you can take after your Orange County criminal arrest.
Don’t Talk to the Police
You are probably familiar with the various components of the Miranda warning, the notification given by police to criminal suspects in police custody, one of the most important being the right to remain silent. We understand the compulsion many criminal suspects have to proclaim their innocence, but even if you are completely blameless of the crime you are suspected of committing, it is always better to remain silent until your attorney arrives. It is far too easy to accidentally make an incriminating statement that ends up hurting your case. The police can question you without your attorney present, but so long as you aren’t lying to the police or willfully “resisting, delaying or obstructing” a police officer in the performance of his or her on-the-job duties, you are not obligated to answer their questions, nor can you be accused of obstructing justice.
Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
Another important component of the Miranda warning is your right to an attorney. Any time you are accused of committing a crime, you have the right to obtain legal counsel, and it is always a good idea to take advantage of that right by hiring an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney to represent your case. The law in Orange County is constantly changing, and it is incredibly difficult for someone without a background in criminal defense to be successful at trial. Our criminal defense lawyers have a clear understanding of the law and how it applies to your case, and we will outline every possible strategy to use in your defense.
Orange County CA Criminal Defense
If you have been accused of committing a crime, it probably feels like the end of the world. What many defendants don’t realize though, is that the prosecution in criminal cases rarely has an airtight case, even when it seems like the evidence is irrefutable and the cards are stacked against you, and there is almost always an opportunity for a reduced sentence or an acquittal, which is where we come in. Our lawyers will fight your criminal charges using every defense strategy at our disposal. If we can prove that your arrest was illegal or that a search was conducted improperly, your case could be dismissed. With our law firm’s help, you can avoid the prison time, significant fines and a criminal record that typically accompany a criminal conviction. At Seyb Law Group, we represent clients in a wide range of criminal cases, including those involving the following crimes and more:
- Vehicular manslaughter
- Hit and run
- Domestic violence
- Assault and battery
- Weapons charges
- Drug possession
- Drug paraphernalia
- Sexual assault
- Child pornography
- Child molestation/Sexual abuse
- Sex with a minor/Statutory rape
- Petty theft
- Grand theft
- Juvenile crimes
- Probation violations
- Criminal threats
- Federal crimes
Best Defense Strategies in Orange County Criminal Cases
There are many different strategies your attorney can use to defend you against criminal charges in Orange County, the most effective of which will depend a great deal on the circumstances of your specific case. For example, if you are arrested for an Orange County first DUI offense, your attorney may be able to argue the following:
- The officer made an illegal arrest
- Your Miranda rights were violated
- Alcohol was not the reason for your driving issues
- The arresting officer did not have probable cause to make the initial stop
- The BAC results from the breathalyzer test were not accurate
- The police mishandled evidence relating to your breath or blood test
- There is not enough evidence to support the DUI charge
With a strong defense, your attorney may be able to get your charges reduced to a lesser offense with less serious penalties or may even be able to get the criminal charges dismissed altogether. Your best chance is to hire a skilled criminal defense attorney with the knowledge and experience necessary to poke holes in the prosecution’s case or argue the existence of reasonable doubt.
How Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
Our attorneys at Seyb Law Group believe that every person facing criminal charges is entitled to the best defense possible and that is how we approach every criminal case we represent. We know that even misdemeanor charges can have lifelong consequences if you are convicted, and we understand that when it comes to felonies, any sentence you receive may as well be a life sentence. With our experienced criminal defense attorneys on your side, you can more easily navigate the complex Orange County criminal justice system and improve your chances of having your charges reduce or your case dropped. Our attorneys at Seyb Law Group have more than 60 years of combined criminal defense experience and we offer a free, no-obligation consultation, which means you can assess the strengths and weaknesses of your criminal case with our legal team before making a decision about hiring legal counsel.
Contact Our Reputable Criminal Defense Attorneys Today
The Orange County criminal justice system is complex and constantly changing, and facing charges for a crime like drunk driving or domestic violence can be scary and confusing, especially if you don’t have an attorney on your side who specializes in Orange County criminal defense cases. Being handcuffed and put in jail will make you feel frightened and helpless, and if you aren’t aware of your rights under Orange County law, you could end up being labeled a criminal, burdened with a reputation that will follow you for the rest of your life. Winning difficult criminal trials has earned Seyb Law Group a reputation as an honest and aggressive criminal defense law firm and we want to put our expertise to work for you. If you or a loved one has been arrested for a crime or is under investigation, contact our Orange County criminal defense lawyers at Seyb Law Group today to protect your rights. We will discuss with you how best to defend yourself against your misdemeanor or felony charges.