San Bernardino Criminal Defense Lawyer
Being arrested or cited for a crime is one of the scariest and most disorienting experiences that a person can go through in their life. Especially if your only prior knowledge of police interactions and the justice system is limited to what you have seen on television and in the movies, you are likely to feel overwhelmed and uncertain about what best steps you need to take to protect yourself and your rights. However, you will need to steel yourself and keep focused on the most important step that should come before all others: reaching out to an experienced, local criminal defense attorney in San Bernardino as soon as possible.
Eric D. Davis, Attorney at Law, is a skilled San Bernardino, CA criminal defense lawyer with years of experience helping clients charged with all sorts of crimes bring their cases to the best possible resolutions. Eric Davis is committed to treating every client as a real person going through one of the worst experiences of their life, and not just as another file to be closed. He will leave no stone unturned fighting to get the charges against you downgraded or dismissed. Call today at for a free consultation.
When Should I Hire a San Bernardino Criminal Defense Lawyer?
In some cases for minor crimes or infractions like most traffic matters, you will simply be issued a citation by the officer with a court date on it and allowed to go on your way without being arrested and taken back to the police station. You should not take this an excuse to toss aside the citation and forget that the incident ever happened. If you fail to show up for court as required, the judge will likely issue a bench warrant for your arrest, meaning that you can be picked up by the police at any time and taken to jail. Instead, reach out to a skilled San Bernardino, CA criminal defense attorney like Eric Davis as soon as possible after you receive the citation, so that we can work to get in touch with the prosecutor and try to reach a deal for the entire matter to be resolved at the first appearance.
Of course, most of the time that the police believe you have committed a crime, they will place you under arrest. This can occur on the spot if they have probable cause, like personally witnessing you commit the crime, or after an investigation and an application for a warrant. If the police try to question you as part of their investigation, you should decline to do so until you have reached out to a skilled San Bernardino criminal defense lawyer like Eric Davis who can be by your side for the questioning. After your arrest, if you have not already retained a lawyer, you will need to act quickly to do so, as your bail hearing and arraignment, two important early appearances in the case, will occur typically within 48 hours of your arrest and booking.
How Can an Experienced San Bernardino Criminal Attorney Help Me Resolve My Case Successfully?
The first thing Eric D. Davis, Attorney at Law and the team will focus on is getting you out of jail and entering an initial plea. At your bail hearing, the judge will decide whether you can be released while the underlying charges against you are dealt with or if you can be released while the case unfolds. Eric Davis knows the factors that the judge will find most persuasive in choosing to release you on little to no bail, including your ties and contributions to the local community, the nature and severity of the crime of which you are accused, and your criminal history or lack thereof. At your arraignment, we will typically advise you to enter an initial plea of not guilty while we assess the strength of the case and request all of the evidence against you. The plea can easily be changed to guilty later if you decide to take a deal.
Once our San Bernardino criminal defense lawyers have dealt with getting you out of jail and getting a plea entered, we will turn our attention to trying to work out a deal with the prosecutor for the charges against you to be downgraded or dismissed. In felony cases, we will have the chance to challenge the basis for your arrest at a preliminary hearing, which functions as a sort of mini-trial. In some cases, if you are a first-time offender, you may be eligible for a pre-trial diversion program, where your charges will be dropped if you complete the program successfully. Other possible deals include the prosecutor downgrading the charge, like from a felony to a misdemeanor, or agreeing to recommend a lenient sentence to the judge in exchange for your guilty plea. If you do not wish to take a deal, Eric Davis is ready and able to fight for your innocence at trial.
Types of Crimes Our San Bernardino Criminal Defense Lawyer Handles
Thanks to his years in the courtrooms of San Bernardino and across Southern California, Eric Davis has experienced handling almost every criminal charge there is, including but not limited to the following:
- Theft Crimes
- Sexual Offenses
- Drug Crimes
- Public Intoxication
- Disorderly Conduct
- Identity Theft
Call Our Veteran San Bernardino, CA Criminal Defense Attorneys Today
No matter if you are charged with a low-level misdemeanor like disorderly conduct or a high-level felony like murder, it is imperative that you do not try to fight a battle in the criminal justice system alone. Instead, the first thing that you should do after you are charged with a crime is to reach out to a skilled San Bernardino criminal defense lawyer like Eric D. Davis, Attorney at Law as soon as possible. For a free consultation, call us today at (626) 628-9596.