Zealous Defense without Judgement – Inland Empire / Los Angeles Misdemeanor/Felony Lawyer
The Law Office of Danny Saleh is founded on the principle that every individual deserves a vigorous defense against the virtually limitless resources of the government. As a criminal defense attorney who has successfully defended a wide range of people facing serious misdemeanor and felony charges, I recognize that facing an arrest and prosecution can promote a range of emotions that include fear, frustration, sadness, and even anger. My goal is to guide individuals facing criminal charges through the judicial process while seeking the best possible outcome.
While my law firm might pursue a plea bargain that results in a reduced charge, fewer charges, or a less severe sentence, I am committed to pursuing such a resolution from a position of strength. The best plea agreements are founded on well-researched, thoroughly investigated, and aggressively crafted defense strategies. My experience reveals that prosecutors are more likely to agree to a favorable resolution for an accused when the prospect of a dismissal or acquittal is established as a legitimate risk. Whether I am seeking to suppress evidence through pre-trial motions, uncovering false testimony, identifying favorable witnesses, or dissecting sloppy forensics by the police, my goal is to put the prosecutor on notice that I am ready and able to proceed to trial.
Why Hire a Private Criminal Defense Attorney?
Many individuals charged with crimes as well as their family members inquire about the reasons they should hire a private criminal lawyer. Although some people qualify for a public defender, there are strict qualifying criteria based on financial need, so many people are not eligible.
Even those people who meet the financial requirements might want to seriously consider retaining a the best criminal defense law firm. Although most public defenders are both knowledgeable and conscientious, they face inherent disadvantages. The caseload that must be managed by a public defender can be staggering, which allows for less time to devote to any particular criminal case. Financially strapped government agencies also are feeling the financial pressure of a tough economy in terms of the funds available to allocate to public defender programs. These limits in terms of time and financial resources can affect the attorney-client relationship in a variety of ways:
- Client conferences might be limited to rushed meetings during court hearings.
- Relatively costly scientific testing and forensic investigation might be unavailable.
- Public defenders might have limited time to explain the process and discuss your case.
- The Law Office of Danny Saleh limits our caseload, so we can devote our full attention to those cases we handle.
Understanding the Types of Criminal Charges in California
There is essentially three level of violations that a person might be accused of in California (though only two of these are actually “criminal” offenses): (1) felonies, (2) misdemeanors, and infractions.
- Felony: Felonies are the most serious form of criminal offense and carry harsh penalties that include state prison. While many felony offenses involve serious drug crimes like manufacturing or trafficking narcotics or violent crimes like rape or spousal battery, this category of offense can also include financial crimes like embezzlement or fraud. The specific punishment for a felony often will depend on the sub-classification of the felony and the specific facts, but even the least serious felonies will typically carry a potential minimum sentence of a year in prison to many years in prison or even death.
- Misdemeanor: An offense is considered a misdemeanor if the maximum period of incarceration is one year in county jail. These offenses also often involve exposure to a significant fine. Although misdemeanors are typically considered less serious than felonies, a conviction will result in a criminal record that can impact future employment, educational opportunities, rental housing options, eligibility for professional/state occupational licenses, immigration benefits, and more.
- Infractions: These types of offenses usually involve less serious traffic offenses like speeding or failing to stop at a red light. Although a motorist can be fined for a violation, infractions are not punishable with jail time. However, some driving offenses are misdemeanors, so it is important to seek legal advice before assuming your violation is a mere infraction. Further, an infraction can have adverse consequences on aspects of your life, including your driving privileges, employment status/opportunities and more, so you might want to seek legal advice before simply paying the fine.
Contact Us Today
If you are under investigation or have been charged with a crime in the Inland Empire / Los Angeles or surrounding areas of Southern California. Criminal defense lawyer Danny Saleh offers a free consultation, so he can evaluate your situation and discuss your options. Contact us to schedule a free consultation, and find out how we can help in your federal criminal defense.