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Have you been accused of a serious crime? Being charged with a criminal offense can lead to severe consequences. The law can be known for being punitive and harsh on criminal offenders and you must be aggressive and proactive in combating your charges.
You need to be aware of your rights and your resources. A Westlake Village criminal defense lawyer is dedicated to building a foundation of trust with every client. Our legal team will work tirelessly to craft a strong defense so that you will not have to face the devastating aftermath of a conviction. Fighting criminal charges takes careful research, knowledge and experience, no one case is the same.
Driving under the influence could result in the loss of a driver’s license, civil fines, or even jail time. A DUI charge is typically based on the level of blood alcohol content of the driver, or the BAC. This is found either by a breathalyzer test or a urine test. The legal limit of the blood alcohol content level is .08 and anything past that would cause the driver to be impaired.
When a license is suspended or even revoked it usually follows DUI charge. The ALS laws, administrative license suspension occasionally are also referred to as the DMV hearing. When a driver refuses to cooperate to a breath, blood, or urine test then a license can automatically be suspended without proof of guilt.
There can be various types of theft charges both in State and Federal courts. The consequences vary based on the degree of theft committed whether it’s robbery, burglary, or federal identity theft. Theft is taking another person’s property without their consent and it is a statutory offense in California.
Assault is often confused with battery. The broad definition of assault is a threat of violence that causes the victim to fear caused by an immediate show of force. Battery is any intentional physical contact to apprehend or harm someone.
A bench warrant are usually issued by a judge and it is a variation or an arrest warrant that gives permission for immediate arrest if sighted. These are typical of anyone who is considered to be in contempt of court. Once arrested by officials a hearing will be held.
Abusive behavioral patterns towards a spouse, child or significant other are referred to as domestic violence. It comes in many forms, not just physical abuse but emotional and verbal as well. It goes even further to say that kidnapping, endangerment and harassment can also be categorized as domestic violence.
The law in every state prohibits the possession, use, and manufacturing of illegal drugs including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, and methamphetamine. Studies show that over $100 billion a year goes towards drug and alcohol abuse costs. The political battle that rages on is referred to as the “war on drugs”.
An expungement proceeding is a certain type of lawsuit where the charged and convicted offender wishes to seal the records of their case and make them unavailable to the public eye. All legal files are open and obtainable to view and copy if requested at the courthouse.
When a person intends to cheat another individual, business or government agency out of assets, services, or money, then they are committing a fraudulent offense. Most fraud and forgery charges are considered the statutes of theft or larceny.
Any offense were the suspect flees the scene from a traffic collision is referred to as a hit and run. The result of a hit and run offense could be the suspension or cancellation of the offender’s driver’s license. It is considered to be a criminal offense which can lead to jail time.
Also known as youth crimes, a juvenile offender is a minor participating in illegal activity. Anyone under the age of 18 is usually not charged as an adult would be for a crime but it depends on the severity of the offense. Between 60 and 80% of young adults participate in juvenile crimes.
Any unlawful killing of another person with the intent of malice and violence is referred to as a murder charge. The person who commits murder usually receives a lifelong sentence or possibly even the death penalty. The death penalty has become less common over the years.
A probation violation could result from a subsequent offense or a failure to report to their probation officer. If the offense was gang related and the person was associating with other known criminals then the penalties could be more severe. Driving with a suspended license could lead to a probation violation.
A prostitute is an individual who receives payment for sexual services. There is an entire sex industry and depending on the country you live in, it could be seen as a serious offense or a profession. Over $100 billion is generated each year from the global prostitution industry.
Any attempt of taking something from another person using force or threats of violence is defined as robbery. There are several types of robbery charges such as armed robbery, highway robbery and aggravated robbery.
A person who commits a sex crime is known as a sex offender. Sex crimes range from repeated prostitution convictions, sexting (send obscene text messages), child molestation, rape, or sexual assault. Sex offenders have been termed the name “sexual predators”.
Traffic tickets are given on behalf of traffic offenses which are referred to as “infractions”. Most traffic violations are not as serious as other criminal offenses but certain ones can be categorized as misdemeanors or even felonies.
The simplest crime of unlawfully possessing a weapon is categorized as a weapons charge. There are many laws specifically that limit the type of weapons that private citizens can own and possess. Typically a weapons charge comes about from unlawful possession, carrying a concealed weapon, carrying in plain sight or carrying on another person.
If you have been charged with a criminal offense, it is imperative that you seek the help of a professional and experienced firm that will stand by you every step of the way. Our attorneys always look out for the best interest of our clients and they are knowledgeable in all areas of criminal defense.