WHY HIRE A LAWYER TO DEFEND YOUR CASE?
If you think you may be in need of a lawyer, you are likely facing a situation requiring a certain amount of legal expertise. The truth is that some legal matters can be handled on your own, without the help of an attorney, like dealing with a speeding ticket or a minor traffic violation. However, if you are facing a DUI charge or another criminal charge in Orange County or the surrounding counties, especially one that carries a jail or prison sentence, you will want an experienced defense attorney on your side to help you navigate the complexities of the criminal justice system and improve your chances of getting a favorable outcome in court. Considering the potential penalties associated with a criminal conviction, which may include jail time, hefty fines, a loss of your driving privileges, a ban on your right to own or possess a firearm, a loss of your child custody rights, and more, choosing to hire a criminal defense attorney is a decision that makes itself. For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer to represent your criminal case, or to discuss potential defense strategies with an attorney specializing in criminal law, contact our Orange County criminal defense attorneys at Seyb Law Group today.
Affordable Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney
Any time you are facing charges for a criminal offense, having an experienced defense attorney in your corner can be an extremely valuable resource, especially if you have little to no experience with the Orange County criminal justice system. A good criminal defense attorney will have a clear understanding of criminal law and how the law applies to your case, and can use that information to accurately apprise you of the defense strategies you may be able to use in court. Our defense lawyers at Seyb Law Group have more than 60 years of combined criminal defense experience, and we handle all manner of criminal cases, including misdemeanors, felonies, DUI cases, drug charges, white collar crimes, and many other state and federal crimes.
Facing criminal charges in state or federal court may seem like the end of the world. And the truth is, a criminal conviction can carry devastating direct penalties, like a jail sentence and costly fines, as well as serious collateral consequences possibly affecting your employment prospects, professional licensing, civil rights and immigration status. Whatever criminal charges you are facing, having a reputable and knowledgeable Orange County criminal defense attorney on your side can be a tremendous asset in your case.
Orange County Criminal Defense
Criminal offenses are treated very seriously in Orange County and the surrounding counties, and depending on the circumstances of your case, the repercussions of a criminal conviction can follow you for the rest of your life. Even allegations of a serious criminal offense carry a social stigma that can have an adverse impact on your personal and professional life, and defendants in criminal court often feel like they are being condemned in their community before even being tried in court. The most important thing to remember when facing criminal charges though, is that an arrest is not the same thing as a conviction. Just because you have been accused of committing a crime does not automatically mean you will be found guilty of any wrongdoing. And no matter how serious the charges may be or how dire your situation may seem at first glance, you still have rights under the law, including the right to legal counsel and a fair trial.
Whatever the circumstances of your Orange County criminal charges, it is always a good idea to have an experienced defense attorney in your corner to protect your legal rights and safeguard your future. At Seyb Law Group, our attorneys have helped thousands of clients defend themselves against criminal charges ranging from DUI and domestic violence to money laundering and tax evasion, and we will do everything in our power to provide you with the best possible legal representation, from the moment you hire our firm to the conclusion of your criminal case. We have a proven record of success defending clients against DUI charges in Orange County and other potentially devastating criminal charges, and our defense attorneys can significantly improve your chances of getting a favorable outcome in your case.
Orange County DUI Defense
One of the most common criminal offenses we defend at Seyb Law Group is driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. In fact, California has one of the highest drunk driving rates in the country, with DUIs resulting in more than 100,000 arrests every year, but just because DUI is a common crime does not make the penalties associated with a conviction any less severe. DUI laws in Orange County and the surrounding counties are aggressive and DUI crimes are prosecuted harshly in criminal court, especially those that involve DUI accidents or serious bodily injury – a crime known as DUI with injury – or death. Even a first DUI offense carries a potential penalty of up to six months in county jail and up to $1,000 in fines, plus a suspension of your driving privileges and the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID). And even after you have served the required jail time and paid the necessary fines, having a DUI conviction on your record can adversely affect your life for years to come. In fact, a DUI conviction will remain on your criminal record for 10 years, and because DUIs are “priorable” offenses, a second DUI occurring within that 10-year period will count as a second offense carrying more severe penalties.
How Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
Any time you are arrested for or charged with a crime in Orange County or the surrounding counties, your first course of action should be to secure qualified legal counsel as soon as possible. Criminal charges, no matter how minor they may seem, require immediate intervention by a criminal defense attorney who can smoothly and efficiently handle every aspect of your criminal case, including matters surrounding your arrest, criminal investigation, criminal charges, sentencing, appeals and any post-trial matters. At Seyb Law Group, we believe in giving our clients the individualized attention they deserve, which is why we only take on a limited case load, so we can provide the best possible legal representation. When you hire our firm, you get an experienced lawyer who will listen to your concerns, examine the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and devise a plan of attack based on the specific circumstances of your criminal charges. Consult our defense lawyers today for a free evaluation of your misdemeanor or felony case.
What Our Defense Attorneys Can Do For You
Provide Valuable Knowledge and Experience
If you are facing criminal charges in Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside or San Bernardino, your freedom, your future and your reputation are on the line, and it is imperative that you take steps to protect your rights, stay out of jail and keep your fines to a minimum. The most important choice you can make following an arrest for a criminal offense is choosing a defense attorney who specializes in that particular area of the law. When faced with criminal charges in Orange County or the surrounding counties, you do have the right to represent yourself in court, but unless you have spent years studying and practicing criminal law, that can prove to be a fatal mistake. Most people instead choose to hire a private criminal defense attorney with experience defending DUI cases and other criminal cases. This may be the more expensive option, but when your reputation, your freedom and your future are at stake, the cost of a criminal conviction is significantly higher.
Get the Charges Reduced or Dismissed
When you have been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony crime, it may seem like the chances of beating the charges and walking away with your freedom intact are nonexistent, but a good criminal defense attorney knows that there are certain procedural errors and other improper activity in criminal cases that can result in charges being dismissed or reduced to a lesser offense with fewer penalties. If you are facing DUI charges in Orange County, for instance, and your DUI arrest was unlawful, or the evidence relating to your blood or breath test was mishandled by police, your lawyer may be able to get the charges dropped or the evidence thrown out. Our defense attorneys at Seyb Law Group will examine the facts of your case with a fine-tooth comb to uncover any irregularities or legal procedures that were not followed to the letter of the law, in an effort to secure a dismissal or reduction in charges.
Negotiate on Your Behalf
If you have ever had to defend yourself in criminal court, you know that being up against a prosecutor determined to get a conviction is no easy task. Fortunately, a skilled defense lawyer with experience defending cases similar to yours can make a calculated guess as to how the case may be resolved at trial and use that information to determine whether it makes more sense to negotiate a settlement with the prosecution or take the case to trial. Regardless of how your criminal charges came about, our defense attorneys can help you get the best possible outcome in your criminal case, which may be a dismissal or reduction in charges or a favorable plea agreement.
Present a Winning Defense to the Jury
If your criminal case goes to court, the main priority of your criminal defense attorney is to mount a strong defense that challenges the prosecution’s evidence against you. The standard of evidence in any Orange County criminal case is “beyond a reasonable doubt,” which means, in order to get a conviction, there can be no reasonable doubt in the minds of the jurors that you committed the crime. By raising reasonable doubts that challenge the prosecution’s evidence or that propose an alternative version of events, our defense attorneys can present a winning defense to the jury. When it comes down to it, every criminal case is different, even cases that involve the same or similar criminal offenses, and there is ultimately no cookie-cutter approach to fighting DUI charges and other Orange County criminal charges. Our criminal defense attorneys at Seyb Law Group have defended thousands of criminal cases in Orange County and the surrounding counties, and we understand that the best defense strategy for your case is one that is unique to your specific situation.
Get Your Sentence Reduced
Even in cases where the prosecution’s evidence is irrefutable, and there is no possibility of securing a “not guilty” verdict, a skilled defense attorney may be able to present so-called “mitigating circumstances” to the court to lessen your culpability and get your criminal charges or penalties reduced. In criminal law, mitigating factors, or extenuating circumstances, are conditions the court may consider out of mercy or fairness in deciding what degree of the criminal offense to charge or when imposing a sentence upon conviction.
Contact Our Skilled Criminal Defense Attorneys for Help
Being arrested for or charged with a crime in Orange County, San Bernardino, Los Angeles County or Riverside CA is a serious matter, and regardless of the nature or severity of the crime, you need a criminal defense attorney in your corner to ensure that you understand the charges you are facing, and to explain your legal rights and help you make the right decisions throughout the criminal process. Depending on the circumstances of your case, a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney may be the only thing standing between you and a county jail or state prison sentence, and acting quickly to retain qualified legal representation can mean the difference between walking away with your freedom intact and spending years, if not decades, behind bars. If you or a loved one is facing charges for a DUI or another crime in Orange County or the surrounding counties, do not hesitate to protect your legal rights. Contact our skilled criminal defense attorneys at Seyb Law Group today to schedule your free initial consultation.