Woodland Hills Criminal Defense Lawyer
Charged with a crime in Southern California?
Having to fight against the ramifications of a criminal accusation can be harrowing to say the very least - if you are successfully convicted, you could spend weeks, months and even years attempting to overcome the penalties. Beyond the initial struggle of dealing with jail time, fines and community service, the sheer existence of a criminal record can be more than one person should ever have to deal with alone.
Areas of Practice
With a comprehensive and thorough treatment of every aspect of your case, you can breathe easier knowing that your lawyer will do everything possible to assist you. This website contains information about various criminal offenses that the firm handles and is a source of helpful information that can aid you in making an educated decision about your case. In addition to clicking on any of the topics listed below, you are welcome to contact the firm to undergo a consultation that will address your particular charges and any questions you would like answered. At Ardalan & Associates, PLC, the legal team has over a decade fighting criminal charges and can help with such issues as the following:
Assault & Battery
According to the law, assault is described as any attempt to hurt another person; even a threat to harm another is considered as assault. Battery, on the other hand, is an incident in which actual physical contact occurred. While the two are technically separate offenses, they are often charged and tried together.
If you have a bench warrant out for your arrest it means that it has been issued by a judge rather than as a result of a criminal complaint. When this is the case, local law enforcement officers will be instructed to obtain and deliver you to court. Bench warrants are often issued due to failure to appear in court, failure to pay a court ordered fine, and failure to complete a court ordered sentence.
City Attorney Hearings
Thousands of misdemeanor cases are handled at the City Attorney's Office every year. As such, if you have been charged with a misdemeanor offense and you are looking at a hearing in the Los Angeles area then you should not wait to obtain legal defense to represent your case.
Domestic Violence Offenses
Domestic violence charges can be made against a person purely based on testimony; actual physical contact and/or injury is not needed to make these claims. That being said, it is vital to obtain legal counsel in these types of cases in order to ensure that you are not charged with a crime that you did not commit.
Drug/ Narcotics Offenses
California laws come down hard on individuals who are convicted of a drug crime offense. Possession, distribution, manufacture, sale, and cultivation of drugs are all behaviors that could result in misdemeanor or felony criminal charges.
Driver's license suspension, hefty fines, jail time, and community service hours are all potential consequences of a DUI conviction. From first-time offenses to multiple DUI arrests, there should be no doubt in your mind as to your need for a defense attorney. The right lawyer can skillfully work to obtain reduced or dropped charges regarding your DUI case.
A criminal record could adversely affect your ability to secure a job, obtain housing, etc. Therefore, having your record permanently sealed, or expunged, is a good way to allow more opportunities for yourself if an old criminal conviction is still affecting your ability to live normally. An expungement will seal your record and ensure that it is no longer visible to the public. However, only certain cases are eligible for this type of concealment.
Hit & Run Accidents
Drivers involved in an accident of any type are required by law to stop and attend to the aftermath of the collision. This involves exchanging driver information such as license and insurance identification, as well as making sure that all parties involved are safe. Failure to do so will likely be recognized as a misdemeanor or felony offense.
Juvenile crimes fall under three categories: status offenses, misdemeanor offenses, and felony offenses. Each of these is serious and will result in a different set of legal consequences. Furthermore, in almost all cases juveniles are dealt with in a separate court system from that of adult court trials. This means that you will need an attorney that is familiar with the laws and court systems that govern juvenile offenders.
Under law, kidnapping will be charged as a felony offense. This is true whether or not the person involved in the kidnapping was a friend or family member. Unfortunately, claims of kidnap are often made between feuding, divorced couples even when the situation is more a matter of contest than kidnap. For this reason, many parents and relatives often find themselves in need of a kidnapping defense attorney.
While misdemeanor offenses are sentenced less harshly than felony offenses, they nonetheless invoke serious penalties. Consequences of misdemeanor offenses vary and could include jail time of up to a year.
Cases that involve charges of murder are among the most serious out there, particularly in states such as California that still invoke the death penalty for some criminal offenders. If you have been charged with a murder crime then you will most definitely need a defense attorney that is experienced in a trial court room, as your case will very likely be tried in court.
The terms and conditions established in a person's probation are expected to be strictly followed. Failure to abide by the specific circumstances defined in your probation agreement could result in return to jail or prison.
If you are formally convicted of committing rape, you will be subjected to a number of felony consequences, among them prison time and mandatory registration as a national sex offender. Rape cases are often contingent on victim testimony which may or may not be valid. Therefore, you need an aggressive and skillful attorney on your side that can help you combat the claims that have been made against you.
Any form of stealing could be considered a crime of theft, from shoplifting to grand theft auto. The way in which you are charged, tried, and sentenced will depend on the severity of the crime. However, no matter what type of charges you are up against, you will undoubtedly need a defense lawyer by your side throughout the legal proceedings.
Three Strikes Cases
Persons convicted of a third felony offense will be the subjects of a state mandated 25 years to life in prison. This is part of California's "Three Strikes Law," which was established to come down hard on repeat felons, including second time offenders who could receive double their original prison time.
Violent Crimes/ Felony Offenses
Felony crimes are more serious than misdemeanors. As a result, persons convicted of a felony offense will be tried and sentenced more harshly. Among the most common felony offenses are violent crimes such as murder, manslaughter, and rape.
Illegal possession of a weapon is most often a felony offense and could result in 4-12 years of imprisonment. Possession of a weapon becomes illegal after certain criminal convictions, as well as instances when the weapon is used to carry out another crime, such as armed robbery.
White Collar Crimes
Non-violent crimes of a financial nature are those that fall under the category of white collar crimes. Acts of forgery, embezzlement, bribery, and computer crimes are only a few examples of the many types of white collar crimes that could land you in serious trouble with the law. In fact, most of these crimes are charged as felonies.
Contact Ardalan & Associates, PLC!
We know how to present a compelling case for the defense, from minor offenses to the most serious of criminal charges. If you or your loved one is accused of committing a criminal offense, it is time to seek out legal representation that is willing to do everything possible for you, both in and out of court. Depending upon the circumstances of the case, there are a variety of approaches that could benefit you. If the case has serious flaws, whether police errors, lab errors, witnesses that have personal reasons to point the finger at you, or if your rights were violated at any step, we will bring these matters to the attention of the court.
We know how to fight a battle in court; you will have a criminal lawyer at your side that is committed strictly to protecting you, your rights and in fighting for any possible advantage. It is imperative that we get involved as early as possible in your case; there could be compelling evidence that could get your case dismissed. Without a Woodland Hills criminal lawyer on your side that is prepared to take the necessary time to craft a persuasive case for your defense, you could be risking your freedom. Call us today!