If you’re in need of a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer, why not hire a former prosecutor who can help you with your case? Mr. Daniel has helped people with a number of different criminal offenses. The former prosecutor has an intimate knowledge of legal matters, which allows him to help those in need of a knowledgeable, experienced, and reputable criminal attorney.
If you have been accused of a crime or have been arrested on suspicion of a crime in Los Angeles, you are probably concerned about the consequences you are likely to face if convicted. Your concerns are absolutely justified. A conviction can have devastating, lifelong consequences including jail or prison time, harsh fines and a potentially permanent mark on your criminal record.
A Conviction Can Have Devastating, Lifelong Consequences – Let Us Help
At the Law Office of Ashley Daniel, our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys have a track record of success defending clients against a variety of criminal charges. Our attorneys are knowledgeable, understand how local courts work and can help you construct a defense strategy that can help protect your future from potential repercussions.
Why Do You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney?
If you have been arrested on suspicion of a crime, you may be wondering if you actually need to retain the services of an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney or take a court-appointed public defender. It is important to understand that the stakes in any type criminal defense can be quite high. This is especially true if you are facing a felony charge, if you have violated your probation or parole, or if you are a repeat offender.
Even misdemeanor convictions can have a lasting impact on your life. While public defenders are appointed by the courts for those who cannot afford to hire a defense lawyer, it is important to remember that these lawyers are overloaded with cases and often cannot provide the time and attention your case needs and deserves.
Here are a few other reasons why you should consider hiring an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney to represent you:
You want to clear your name. A criminal conviction or sometimes, even being accused of a crime, can leave your reputation tainted. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney will be able to handle your case as discreetly as possible and help you clear your name with minimum penalties.
You want to expedite the process. Even what appears to be the most minor criminal cases can take up a lot of your time in the form of visits to the courthouse, filing paperwork and so on. A criminal defense attorney can take a lot of this work off your hands and keep the process moving so it will be resolved as quickly and as painlessly as possible.
You don’t want to lose your job. If you are facing a serious criminal accusation, you may either be fired from your job or put on administrative leave (paid or unpaid), depending on the circumstances. If a lawyer can reduce the level of your offense or get the case thrown out, you are more likely to keep your job and return to work soon, restoring a sense of normalcy in your life.
You want to minimize penalties. You may be facing potential consequences including jail time and fines. A skilled criminal defense lawyer can typically negotiate with the prosecutor for less or no jail time. Your attorney will also be able to negotiate a lower fine, which could make a huge difference if you are facing hefty monetary penalties.
You need help understanding the charges. Often times, the criminal justice system can be challenging and confusing to understand. Your criminal defense lawyer will be able to explain the case and charges against you so you will be able to understand the type of effort that is required. Your lawyer will also keep track of the different steps in the process, and help you understand what your rights and options are at every step.
You want someone to communicate with other parties. Our criminal defense attorneys almost always advise clients not to discuss their case with anyone including members of the media, friends, co-workers and even family members. This is because anything you say during this critical time can and will be used against you. Your defense attorney can help communicate with other parties involved in your case including the prosecution and law enforcement officials. In other words, your lawyer will do the talking for you.
You want to build a strong defense. A criminal defense attorney will be able to talk with witnesses, conduct independent investigations if necessary and build the evidence that is needed to bolster your case.
Types of Cases We Handle
Here are some of the types of cases our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys handle:
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Drug crimes (Possession/Manufacturing/Sale/Transportation)
- Assault and battery
- Domestic violence
- Sex crimes
- White-collar crimes (bribery, fraud, embezzlement, identity theft, forgery, etc.)
- Parole violations
What Steps Should You Take?
If you have been arrested on suspicion of committing a crime, it is important that you resist the urge to speak to the authorities or reveal any details or specifics about your case. Never admit fault and don’t try to talk your way out of the situation. The best thing you can do at this point is to remain calm, be polite to police officers and ask to speak with a criminal defense attorney. By doing so, you are simply exercising your constitutional rights.
Do not make any statements, even casually, to anyone. That includes family members and friends. Discuss your case only with your defense attorney because whatever you tell your lawyer is protected. Stay away from social media until your case is resolved. Do not post anything, on social media or anywhere online. If prosecutors or law enforcement want to see what’s on your Facebook or Twitter, they will find a way to get to it. Online posts, including photos and videos, can be used against you in court.
When should you contact an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney?
You should get in touch with an attorney right away. The sooner you talk to your attorney, he or she can take the necessary steps to get the process moving. Your chances of building a successful defense strategy are significantly increased.
If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, the experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at the Law Office of Ashley Daniel can help you better understand your rights and options. Call us today for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.