ABOUT OUR ORANGE COUNTY CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAW FIRM
If you have been accused of a crime in Orange County, the stakes are the highest they have likely ever been. After all, the outcome of your criminal case could change the course of your entire life and it will be up to you to hire a lawyer and present a strategic and persuasive argument in court to avoid a guilty verdict. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges in Orange County or the surrounding counties, the best way to protect your rights and reduce your chances of a criminal conviction is to hire an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney to represent your case. At Seyb Law Group, our criminal defense lawyers have a reputation for passionate and dedicated legal representation and our commitment to advocating for the wrongfully accused sets us apart from other criminal defense law firms in Southern California. We aggressively defend clients from start to finish and believe that a positive outcome is possible in every case, no matter what criminal charges you may be facing. Contact our knowledgeable Orange County defense attorneys at Seyb Law Group today to discuss your legal options.
Affordable Orange County Criminal Defense Attorneys
Our criminal defense attorneys at Seyb Law Group have more than 60 years of combined criminal defense experience and we have a firm grasp on how severely a criminal conviction could affect you and your family. We understand that being convicted of a crime and going to jail will not only affect your immediate freedom, it could also have an adverse impact on your personal and professional relationships, your civil rights and the well-being of your loved ones, and could cause you to suffer employment and housing consequences for years to come. Unlike large, impersonal law firms where the focus tends to be on quantity over quality, our legal team at Seyb Law Group will personally handle each and every aspect of your defense, from the moment you hire our firm to the conclusion of your case. We take a personal interest in our clients and their legal needs and we will work tirelessly to help you get the best possible outcome in your criminal proceeding.
Whether you are facing Orange County drunk driving charges or you’ve been arrested for sexual assault, arson or another criminal offense, you have important legal rights. For starters, under the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution, you have the right to defend yourself against these charges in a public trial before an impartial jury. There will be many people who will try to violate your legal rights throughout the course of your criminal trial, but you can be sure that our criminal defense attorneys will do everything in their power to fight for your rights and improve your chances of getting your misdemeanor or felony charges reduced or dismissed altogether.
Orange County Criminal Defense
Orange County criminal defense law covers the legal protections afforded to individuals who have been accused of committing a crime and a criminal defense lawyer is a lawyer who specializes in the defense of individuals accused of committing a crime. In many cases, a defense attorney will specialize in a specific area within criminal defense, such as DUI defense, but that is not always the case. When you hire a criminal defense attorney to defend you against drunk driving charges or any other criminal charges, he or she will deal with every aspect of your case, including issues surrounding your:
- Criminal investigation,
- Criminal charges,
- Appeals, and
- Any post-trial issues.
When facing charges for a criminal offense in Orange County, it is easy to feel like the whole world is against you. After all, it is the job of the police investigating the crime to gather enough evidence against you to file charges and the prosecutor assigned to your case will use every resource at his or her disposal to make the charges stick and get a conviction. And then the jury will be tasked with sifting through this evidence to determine whether you are guilty or innocent, without actually knowing whether you are guilty or innocent.
Orange County DUI Defense
One of the most common criminal charges our clients face is DUI, a crime that in Orange County can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances of the case. Under Orange County DUI law, it is illegal for any person to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs or with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, and in some cases, a person can be arrested for drunk driving even if their BAC is below the so-called “legal limit.” Facing DUI charges in Orange County may seem like the end of the world, but just because you have been charged with a drunk driving crime does not mean you will be convicted. There are many defenses a DUI defense attorney can present in court to provide a reasonable explanation for your actions and challenge the prosecution’s case against you.
The Role of DMV Hearings in DUI Cases
When you are arrested for drunk driving in Orange County, you will face two separate proceedings: a criminal court case and a DMV DUI hearing, the sole purpose of the latter being to determine what will happen with your driver’s license. From the date of your DUI arrest, you have only 10 days to request a DMV hearing, or risk your driver’s license being automatically suspended, which is why contacting a DUI defense attorney should be your very first course of action after being arrested for drunk driving. If you hire an attorney to represent you in your criminal case, he or she will likely represent you in your DMV hearing as well.
How Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
What many defendants in Orange County don’t realize is that once you have been arrested for a criminal offense like drunk driving, domestic violence or grand theft, there are few people who will be on your side from that moment on. Law enforcement agencies and the prosecutor’s office have extensive resources at their disposal, all of which will be used to collect enough evidence against you and present it to the court in such a way that you are convicted of the crime, and without protections provided by law and a skilled criminal defense attorney, the balance of power within the justice system could easily become distorted, to your detriment. In fact, fair treatment of defendants in criminal cases depends a great deal upon the expertise of their defense attorney, which is why hiring a reputable Orange County criminal defense attorney is imperative.
What Our Attorneys Can Do for You
Protect Your Rights
Our defense lawyers at Seyb Law Group are intimately familiar with the Orange County criminal justice system and have a clear understanding of the United States Constitution. More importantly, they know how to use constitutional guarantees to your advantage.
For instance, the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits the police from gathering evidence in a criminal case using unreasonable search and seizures. This involves the search of your property and/or seizure of evidence without a search warrant and without “probable cause” to believe any evidence of a crime is present on the property. With the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney, you may be able to get the court to suppress any evidence obtained during an illegal search and seizure, so it can’t be used against you at trial.
Additionally, the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution governs your right to remain silent to avoid self-incrimination. The right to silence is among the Miranda rights the police are legally required to recite during or shortly after an arrest and this includes the right to refuse to speak to police or answer their questions during interviews or interrogations. Too often, individuals arrested for criminal offenses believe they can sort out a simple misunderstanding by explaining their situation to the police. Keep in mind the rest of the Miranda warning, that “anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” Trying to explain yourself to police may result in you accidentally making an incriminating statement that only ends up hurting your case. If you have been arrested for a crime and you are in police custody, you should always invoke your right to remain silent until your attorney is present.
Secure a Release from Jail Pending Trial
After you are arrested for a crime, you will be detained and held at a jail. Unfortunately, in many criminal cases, the time between arrest and trial can be months or even years. Besides the obvious inconveniences, being in jail will prevent you from working and supporting your family, and it may also make it more difficult for you to meet with your attorney and assist in preparing a defense, which is why many defendants request a pre-trial release. In order to secure a release from jail while your case is pending, you will be required to post bail, which serves as collateral to ensure that you intend to appear in court for future proceedings. If you can’t afford to post bail, a criminal defense attorney may be able to get the judge to reduce the bail by showing that you have a good character, that you do not pose a danger to others, and that you have strong ties to the local community and therefore don’t plan to flee to avoid prosecution.
Negotiate on Your Behalf
A great number of criminal cases in Orange County never reach the trial stage. Instead, the defendant and the prosecutor may enter into a settlement agreement known as a plea bargain, in which the defendant agrees to plead guilty in return for a reduced sentence. Our criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience negotiating with prosecutors in criminal cases and may be able to get your charges reduced to a lesser offense as part of a plea bargain, or possibly even dismissed altogether, depending on the circumstances of your case.
Present a Winning Defense to the Jury
If your criminal case does proceed to a jury trial, the key to obtaining a favorable outcome in the trial will be presenting a persuasive, coherent defense that explains to the jury how and why you have been falsely accused of the crime. With decades of combined criminal defense experience, our attorneys at Seyb Law Group understand the importance of presenting a strong defense at trial and are skilled at determining which defense strategy will be most effective in your specific case.
Contact Our Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys Today
Although it is your right to represent yourself in a criminal trial if you so choose, the Orange County criminal justice system is not designed for defendants to represent themselves. Any time you are facing criminal charges, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney in your corner who will stand up for your rights, fight back against law enforcement officers, successfully challenge the prosecution’s evidence against you, and get you the best possible outcome in your case. You may not think an attorney is necessary but having qualified legal counsel on your side can be a tremendous asset, especially if you have been charged with a crime that carries a significant jail sentence and other life-changing penalties. If you need a skilled Orange County defense attorney to represent you in your criminal case, do not hesitate to contact our law firm. We are committed to representing the rights of the accused in our community and will work tirelessly to help you get a favorable result in your case.