At Okabe & Haushalter, we represent defendants throughout the Los Angeles area who are dealing with criminal law matters. We are highly experienced attorneys ready to offer you the guidance and legal representation you need to challenge your criminal charges and work toward the best possible result – even when it seems difficult or impossible.
By clicking on any of the links listed below, you can find out more about the specific offense, potential defenses an attorney may be able to use on your behalf, the penalties that may be imposed, and more. This basic information may go a long way in helping you understand what to expect and whether to seek criminal defense counsel.
You have probably heard that anybody charged with a crime has the right to an attorney. This is true, and if you do not have an attorney, one will be provided for you by the court. However, you need to understand that if you do not secure your own criminal defense lawyer, you will be represented by a public defender who will have dozens of other cases aside from yours. There is no guarantee of how much time your public defender will get to spend with you or how quickly they will be able to get you out of pre-trial confinement.
A Los Angeles criminal defense attorney is going to be able to focus on your case. They will conduct an objective and independent investigation into the charges levied against you and will not solely rely on the information given to them by the prosecutor. A criminal defense attorney will have a thorough understanding of the charges against you and will work to negotiate a plea deal for reduced charges or even to get the charges against you dismissed altogether.
There is a common misconception that a person facing a Los Angeles misdemeanor charge does not need an attorney for their case. This is not the truth. While a misdemeanor offense may not carry penalties as harsh as felony offenses, that does not mean they can be taken any less seriously. Misdemeanors will still result in a permanent mark on a person’s criminal record.
In California, a standard misdemeanor is punishable by up to six months in jail and carries a $1,000 court fine, not counting any penalties or assessments. However, more serious “aggravated” misdemeanors can carry up to one year in jail and more expensive fines.
You may have heard of a crime being considered a “wobbler” offense in California. This means that prosecutors can choose to file the charge as either a misdemeanor or a felony offense. When determining whether or not a person will face a misdemeanor or felony, prosecutors will look at the facts surrounding the specific case as well as the person’s criminal history.
A wobbler offense is a perfect example of why a skilled Los Angeles criminal defense attorney is necessary. An attorney will be able to open communications with the prosecutor early in the case and work to get the least severe charge possible. A skilled criminal defense attorney will argue that your criminal history does not justify a felony charge or that the actions you took were not severe enough to warrant a more serious charge.
The future may seem bleak for an arrestee, defendant or person facing an investigation by state or federal law enforcement. In these situations, it is important to remember that you have legal rights that can be protected with the immediate assistance of an attorney who provides you with the criminal defense representation you need.
Find out more about our firm’s services and how we can assist you by contacting our law offices at your earliest convenience. Your initial consultation is free and confidential and it will be your opportunity to get started in receiving the help you need – fill out a free case evaluation form!