Frequently Asked Questions
Long Beach Criminal Defense Attorney
Do I need an attorney in my criminal case?
This question is best answered by relying on your instincts. If you believe
that retaining an attorney would be beneficial in your case, then you
are probably right. Some of the primary reasons for seeking legal representation include:
- Being arrested for a criminal offense
- Being officially charged with a crime in a court of law
- Being investigated for a crime
If I am guilty of the crime I have been charged with, can I still plead
It is not morally or ethically wrong to plead not guilty if you are actually
guilty of a crime. From a legal, technical perspective, a not guilty plea
is simply a way for you to question the strength of the prosecution's
case. You are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt,
and the onus is on the opposition to provide that proof. If they cannot,
then a favorable outcome in your case is deserved. You may have a stronger
chance of a successful result if your case goes to trial, and that will
only occur if you enter a not guilty plea. It is advised that you contact
a Long Beach criminal defense attorney to enter that plea on your behalf,
and provide a defense that will directly challenge the case of the prosecution.
What will happen in the event that I am convicted?
criminal defense cases, the following options may be available to you if you have been
convicted of the charges against you:
- Withdrawal of your guilty plea or a motion for a new trial - both of these
options attempt to set aside the conviction for the possibility of a new outcome.
- Appeal - appeals are granted on a case-by-case basis, after an examination
has been made into their possible merit (or lack thereof).
- Expungement - Once you have completed your probation, you may be able to
request an expungement, or removal, of your criminal conviction from a court.
- Modification of sentence - In certain cases, you may be able to return
to the sentencing judge in your case and request a modification of the
terms or conditions of your sentence.
Been arrested, accused or charged with a crime?
Contact a Long Beach criminal Defense Lawyer
at our office for legal advice and assistance in your criminal case.