Many people facing criminal charges mistakenly assume that a prosecutor will not have any interest in taking the case to trial. Unfortunately, this is often not the case, and even small cases are often brought to trial rather than dismissed or offered plea bargains. If you want to get your life back on track, it is sometimes advantageous to avoid a trial, and consulting with a legal representative may be the best way to do so.
If you are facing criminal charges, the situation likely began with an interaction with law enforcement. Perhaps they started with a few questions or perhaps you immediately found yourself in handcuffs. If there was any ambiguity, it might be unclear whether you were arrested or simply in detention. It is worth noting that while the former may remain on public record, the latter is an informal interaction.
Despite the legalization of marijuana use in California, the law still prohibits driving while impaired by marijuana use. California's Vehicle Code includes marijuana among the substances that can cause impairment and make it illegal to drive.
When police officers arrest a suspect and begin questioning, their goal is to get a confession. While any statements must be voluntary, the law allows police officers to use a variety of tactics to elicit them.
Everybody makes mistakes, and if yours resulted in criminal charges, you might be wondering what to do next. Whether this is your first charge or fifth and whether the charge is a misdemeanor or felony, you should invest in the best representation available for your defense.