ORANGE COUNTY DEFENSE ATTORNEY PRACTICE AREAS
Any time you are arrested for or charged with a crime in Orange County, you should seek qualified legal counsel as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. Being convicted of a criminal offense can put every aspect of your life at risk, including your career, your family and your reputation, and the best way to protect your rights, your freedom and your future is to choose the right criminal defense lawyer to represent your case. At Seyb Law Group, our Orange County defense attorneys understand that every criminal case is different, with unique circumstances that can have a significant impact on the outcome. When you hire our criminal defense law firm, you get an experienced attorney who will listen to your concerns, examine the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and devise a plan of attack based on your specific needs. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges in Orange County or the surrounding counties, contact our skilled defense attorneys at Seyb Law Group today to discuss how best to defend yourself against these charges.
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Being charged with a criminal offense can be scary and confusing, but the most important thing to remember when you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges in Orange County California, is that you do not have to accept the consequences of a criminal conviction. You have the right to hire legal counsel and fight the charges against you, and that is a right you should always take advantage of. Our legal team at Seyb Law Group has earned a reputation for aggressively defending the criminally accused in our community and we will be a valuable addition to your defense. We have extensive legal resources at our disposal that we can put to use in your criminal case and we will ensure that your legal rights are protected throughout the duration of your case, no matter what charges you are facing.
Penalties for Orange County Criminal Offenses
The potential penalties you could face for a criminal conviction in Orange County depend on the type and severity of the crime you have been charged with, among other factors, including your criminal history and whether your alleged crime injured, killed or otherwise harmed another person. For instance, if you are charged with misdemeanor reckless burning in Orange County, meaning you recklessly burned personal property without the willful or malicious intent required to elevate the crime to arson, you could face up to six months in county jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines. However, if the fire causes great bodily injury to another person, you could be charged with a felony offense, punishable by two, four or six years in state prison. A felony arson charge in Orange County is punishable by up to nine years in state prison if the act causes great bodily injury.
In addition to a county jail or state prison sentence, many Orange County criminal convictions carry a significant fine and other harsh penalties that could affect your future employment prospects, your professional licensing, your driving privileges and even your immigration status. The state of California also has a habitual offender law in effect known as the “Three Strikes” sentencing law, which imposes harsh prison sentences for any new felony conviction when the defendant has one or more previous convictions for serious or violent felonies on his or her record, known as “strike” priors. Under this law, an Orange County defendant with one strike prior could face double the prison sentence otherwise required by law for any new felony offense, and a defendant with two or more strike priors could face a sentence of 25 years to life for any new felony.
Orange County CA Criminal Defense
The Orange County justice system takes a tough stance on criminal offenses and punishes both misdemeanor and felony crimes harshly. If you have been arrested for a crime like drug possession, driving under the influence, domestic violence or petty theft, it may seem like you have a very low chance of avoiding a conviction. For defendants who have little or no experience with the criminal justice system, it is easy to picture the prosecution as a well-oiled machine with endless resources, irrefutable evidence and an airtight case against you, even if you didn’t commit the crime. In reality, the prosecutor rarely has an open-and-shut case, and if the state’s evidence isn’t strong enough to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of the crime, you could walk away with your freedom intact.
At Seyb Law Group, our lawyers have more than 60 years of combined criminal defense experience and we have helped thousands of Orange County residents defend themselves against criminal charges. We have a clear understanding of the Orange County criminal justice system and what it takes to win a criminal case, and we also appreciate how severely a misdemeanor or felony conviction could affect you and your family. At Seyb Law Group, we aggressively represent clients in a wide range of criminal cases in Orange County and the surrounding counties, including the following, and more:
Driving Under the Influence
Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common criminal offenses in Orange County, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t carry severe consequences. Even a first DUI conviction can result in significant fines, jail time, probation and driver’s license suspension, among other penalties.
The Orange County criminal justice system is tough on violent crime and if you are facing criminal charges for domestic violence, assault and battery, weapons crimes or arson, hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney could help you avoid suffering devastating criminal consequences.
The state of California has increased efforts to combat the possession, distribution and manufacture of controlled substances across the state, and if you are found guilty of violating Orange County’s strict drug laws, you could face criminal charges for drug possession, possession for sale, drug trafficking or manufacturing.
There are many different crimes that fall under the umbrella of sex crimes in Orange County, including sexual assault, prostitution, child pornography, rape, child molestation and statutory rape. These types of crimes can be prosecuted as misdemeanor or felony offenses, but they are all considered serious crimes and are punished accordingly.
Orange County theft crimes like petty theft, grand theft and embezzlement involve the taking of another person’s property or money without permission. Even the most minor of theft crimes – misdemeanor petty theft – carries significant penalties, possibly including a jail sentence of up to six months, restitution to the victim and significant fines.
Technically, juvenile court is not part of the criminal justice system, but the consequences of a juvenile crime can still follow a minor for the rest of his or her life. Juvenile convictions, for instance, still count as “strike” offenses for the purposes of California’s “Three Strikes” sentencing law, and juvenile adjudications for sex crimes can also lead to mandatory sex offender registration.
If you receive a probation sentence as part of your criminal conviction, and you are found guilty of violating the terms of your probation, the court has the authority to revoke or modify your probation. If the judge in your criminal case ordered probation in lieu of jail time, a probation violation could result in the original sentence being imposed.
Even if you don’t actually carry out an act of violence against another person, simply threatening to kill or physically harm someone and thereby putting that person in fear for his or her safety can result in an arrest for criminal threats. If you are facing charges for criminal threats in Orange County, our experienced criminal defense attorneys can help.
Presumption of Innocence and Reasonable Doubt in Criminal Cases
Whatever criminal charges you are facing, no matter how dire your situation may seem, it is important to remember the legal principle known as the “presumption of innocence.” What the presumption of innocence means, is that the jury and judge must begin their evaluation of the evidence and their consideration of your potential guilt with the presumption that you are innocent. In other words, in any criminal case, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty, and only if the prosecution can prove beyond a “reasonable doubt” that you committed the crime, can you be found “guilty.”
In criminal cases, the prosecution bears the burden of proof, which means that, in order to convict you of the charges you are facing, the prosecutor will have to prove each so-called “element” of the crime beyond a “reasonable doubt.” In criminal cases, “reasonable doubt” is the standard of evidence required to justify a criminal conviction. In order to lawfully get a “guilty” verdict in your criminal case, the prosecution is required to prove their version of events to the extent that there would be no “reasonable doubt” in the mind of a “reasonable person” that you are guilty of the crime. If the prosecutor is unable to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, you cannot lawfully be convicted of the crime. For example, in order to get a conviction for drug possession, the prosecutor will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the four elements of that particular criminal offense:
- That you exercised control over the drug in question;
- That you had knowledge of the drug;
- That you were aware of the nature of the drug; and
- That you had a sufficient quantity of the drug for it to be used as a controlled substance
How Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
Even though it is up to the prosecution to prove your alleged guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, it still takes the expertise of a skilled criminal defense attorney with years of practice defending criminal cases in Orange County, to successfully challenge the prosecution’s case and raise questions that create reasonable doubt in the minds of the judge and jury. The primary goal of a criminal defense attorney is to convince the court that, after consideration of all arguments presented by the prosecution and defense, there is not enough evidence to determine, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the charge against you is true and get you a “not guilty” verdict. Only by creating an organized, strategic and well-constructed defense that effectively poses a theory that calls into question the prosecution’s version of events, can your attorney dispute the prosecution’s evidence and persuade the jury to find that the prosecution has not met its burden of proof.
No matter what charges you are facing, you cannot afford to take any chances with the outcome of your criminal case. The prosecution may bear the burden of proving your alleged guilt, but that fact can easily be forgotten during the course of the trial, as jurors are presented with evidence from both sides and must then attempt to separate their emotions from the facts. Creating reasonable doubt in any criminal case requires a firm understanding of the law and the charges you are facing, coupled with a well-crafted defense strategy. Having a knowledgeable, passionate and aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side when fighting criminal charges in Orange County is a tremendous asset to your case, especially if you are facing a county jail or state prison sentence and other life-altering penalties.
Contact Our Experienced Orange County Criminal Defense Attorneys
If you have been charged with any type of criminal offense in Orange County or the surrounding counties, your future and your basic freedoms could be at stake. Even a conviction for a simple misdemeanor crime like drug possession or drunk driving could land you in jail and burden you with long-lasting penalties possibly affecting your professional licensing, immigration status and future employment prospects. You need an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney in your corner who will fight to protect your rights and defend you against the charges you are facing. With our proven record of success in criminal defense, our lawyers at Seyb Law Group are the best choice for your defense team and we are ready to put our expertise to work for you. Contact our legal team today to schedule your free initial consultation.