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Frequently Asked Questions

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What happens after I am arrested in a criminal case?

Police officers will write reports, get witness testimony, run a background check on you, and conduct further investigation before submitting their work to an investigation detective. At the beginning of this process, the police will know very little about you and that is when a criminal attorney at our firm can make an impact on the case with a Pre-Filing Intervention. After this, the police will submit their written investigation to the District Attorney's Office where the case will be reviewed and a prosecutor will decide whether or not to file misdemeanor or felony charges. The prosecutor may reject the case at this point. This is the point where criminal charges may be reduced or dropped which is why it is vital that you have a Torrance criminal lawyer from our firm handling your case. The earlier one of our attorneys is involved in your case, the more effective we can be.

Why shouldn't I speak to the police about my case?

Because you need to have your legal rights protected and you don't want to incriminate yourself. If you are arrested or even if you were not involved in the alleged crime, it is important that you have a Torrance criminal attorney at your side during any questioning or investigation. The police are legally allowed to lie to suspects. Therefore, your rights and interests should be monitored and protected by a defense lawyer when dealing with law enforcement.

How soon should I contact an attorney?

The minute that you suspect that you will be facing the criminal justice system you should contact a Torrance criminal lawyer at our firm to discuss your case and get the advice and guidance you need. This is especially true if you have never been involved in a criminal proceeding before.

Will the case against me be dismissed if the charges are dropped?

Not necessarily. There could be many reasons why the complaining party may wish to "drop charges," but the police and prosecutor's office will try to interview the party to discover those reasons. They will not just drop the case, especially in domestic violence cases.

What is an arraignment?

It is the first court appearance you will be make where you will be advised of the charges against you. You will be asked how you plead and can either plead guilty or not guilty. Your Torrance criminal attorney will be able to obtain police reports about your case, the criminal complaint against you, and a future preliminary hearing date will be set.

What do I need to do in a DUI case?

You must request a DMV Hearing concerning the automatic suspension of your license. You will have 10 days from the date of your arrest to do so. If you fail to request this hearing, you will lose your license even if your case is dismissed.

When arrested for a felony, does it mean I face felony charges in court?

The prosecutor in your case will make the decision on what charges to file against you. You could be arrested for a felony but charged with a misdemeanor, especially after an immediate pre-filing intervention. That is why it is so important to obtain legal assistance from a Torrance criminal lawyer right away.

What if the police violated my constitutional rights?

Your Torrance criminal defense attorney will seek to exclude evidence that was gotten illegally. Police misconduct can occur in searches of your home and / or car. Also, if the police get too aggressive in their attempt to secure incriminating statements from you, your rights may have been violated. Your Torrance criminal defense lawyer can protect your rights with motions to the judge to exclude such evidence or statements from a trial, which may significantly hamper the prosecutor's case, causing it to either be dismissed or substantially reduced in plea negotiations.

Contact our firm if you need legal counsel in any criminal charges or investigation today.

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