Criminal Defense Is Your Right and Our Responsibility
If you are faced with a criminal charge, you need immediate legal assistance. A criminal charge is no laughing matter, even if it seems to be a “minor” crime. It is your right to defend yourself against any type of criminal charge so that it does not appear on your record and affect your future. It is our responsibility as defense attorneys at Amerio Law to offer you the very best in professional criminal defense.
What Are The Possible Consequences of a Criminal Charge?
It is important to understand the nature of a criminal charge. When you are charged with a crime under a California criminal statute, you risk losing your freedom and facing expensive fines. You can also be labeled as a criminal and carry a criminal record with you for the rest of your life.
This type of court proceeding is in sharp contrast to a civil lawsuit. A civil lawsuit can result in a judgment against you, but it cannot deprive you of your freedom or leave you with a record. Therefore, defending yourself against a criminal charge is generally the most important thing you can do, although it is, of course, also important to address civil issues.
A criminal charge can have several negative consequences, including:
- Jail time. Many crimes, particularly felonies, carry jail sentences as possible punishment upon conviction. The more violent or serious the crime, the more likely jail time will be involved. Even minor crimes can result in short jail stays such as over a weekend or up to 30 days. Staying in jail is not only dangerous and unpleasant but can result in the loss of a job or other problems.
- Fines. Most criminal convictions impose some type of fine on the offender. In the case of DUI or other relatively minor crimes, the fines may be very expensive in lieu of jail time.
- Probation. Even after serving your time and paying your fine, you may be required to complete a probationary period and report in periodically to a probation officer. During probation you may be forbidden from engaging in certain activities or from associating with certain people.
- Community service and required classes. Some crimes carry the additional penalty of community service or require classes such as anger management or alcohol or drug awareness.
You may also receive other penalties as a result of a criminal conviction. Failure to meet the demands of a judge may result in immediate incarceration or more expensive fines.
The attorneys at Amerio Law are ready to represent you to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome to your criminal case.