We have provided answers to commonly asked questions about criminal law charges in San Diego. The answers are for general information and are not legal advice. If you have an unanswered question or need additional clarification or help, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego criminal defense lawyer at our firm.
How do I prepare to meet with my criminal law attorney?
Your First Meeting
When meeting with a lawyer for the first time, try and present him or her with as much information as possible. Here are some things to remember:
Bring any and all documentation you have pertaining to your arrest this might include:
- Warrants or police documentation of items seized
- Charging documents
- Bail papers
- Dates and times of future appearances
- A police report, if you can get one
- Your driver’s license or ID
- Any records of prior arrests or convictions
Being involved in the criminal justice system can be very scary for the average person. Finding a criminal defense attorney that you trust and then arming him or her with as much information about your case as possible is the best thing you can do to make your case go smoothly.
We have provided the answers to common questions that relate to criminal law and charges in San Diego. The answers are for general information and are not legal advice. If you have an unanswered question or need additional clarification or help, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego criminal defense lawyer at our firm.
How to Find the Criminal Law Attorney Best Suitable to YOU
Your best chance at a favorable outcome in your criminal case is being represented by an attorney who has extensive experience in representing people in circumstances similar to yours. There are a lot of criminal defense lawyers in practice, and not all of them will be suitable to your needs.
In order to find the best attorney for you, here are few things to consider in your search:
- Find out as best you can what percentage of an attorney’s caseload mirrors your kind of case. Certain types of crimes may require a more specialized attorney. For example, you may want to find an attorney that deals primarily with drug offenses, white collar crime, or juvenile justice.
- Ask for personal references from the attorney. While these may not be completely objective, talking to another of the attorney’s clients may give you a better sense as to whether a lawyer is a good fit for you.
- Figure out the attorney’s rates. Some lawyers will ask for a flat fee up front, while others will work on an hourly basis. A lawyer with a great reputation in a certain area will likely charge more. Depending on the severity of the crime and what’s at stake, you may decide it is worth it to pay the extra money.
Can police arrest me without a warrant?
Yes. A valid arrest may be made without a warrant under exigent circumstances: if the arrestee consents, or if the arresting officer witnesses the commission of a crime or has probable cause to believe that a crime is being committed.
Can my driver’s license be suspended if I refuse or fail to submit to blood alcohol tests?
Yes. If you refuse a police officer’s request to submit to or complete a chemical test to determine your blood-alcohol level, you may lose the privilege of having a driver’s license for a period of one year. Before your license is suspended, the Department of Motor Vehicles must show that the police officer who requested the test had a reasonable cause to believe that you were operating a motor vehicle in violation of the laws against driving under the influence and that you refused or failed to complete any of the requested blood alcohol content tests.
Committed Advocacy From Preparation Through Resolution
Our San Diego trial law firm is committed to employing the skills, experience, and dedication of our partners and staff to secure results for you. While some attorneys may take their chances in court without fully investigating and preparing the case, we are committed to performing an intensive investigation, filing necessary motions, and diligently exploring every opportunity for resolution before trial.
At The Law Office of Peter Blair we strive for success. From your initial consultation through the final resolution of your case, we will remain dedicated to your immediate and future objectives, always seeking the best possible outcome to protect your rights, freedoms, and interests.
Contact the Law Office of Peter Blair for a free consultation with an aggressive criminal attorney in San Diego, California.