SAN MARCOS CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY AND DUI LAWYER

North County San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney
A CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY IS YOUR FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE AGAINST A VERY AGGRESSIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.  POLICE, PROSECUTORS AND EVEN JUDGES ARE SEEKING TO IMPOSE HARSHER PUNISHMENTS HERE IN THE US THAN WHAT WE SEE ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD.  SAN DIEGO COUNTY IS NOTORIOUSLY TOUGH ON CRIME.  IF YOU HAVE BEEN ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH A CRIME OR ARE BEING INVESTIGATED, CALL NOW FOR A FREE CONSULTATION WITH A SAN DIEGO CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY619-930-9515.

San Marcos is located just west of Escondido, in San Diego County. Neighboring towns include: Encinitas, Carlsbad, and Vista. San Marcos is known for its educational system, parks, recreation, and environmental awareness. It’s also known for having some of the best restaurants in North County and several golf courses to choose from. Although San Marcos is a quiet, safe community, like any community – crimes do occur. While violent crimes are somewhat rare in San Marcos, the city does experience crimes like burglaries, rape, assaults, and robberies.

Law Enforcement in San Marcos
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department provides contract law enforcement services to San Marco, and covers a service area of more than 100 square miles – including Escondido and other unincorporated areas of San Marcos. Patrol deputies in this area are assigned to specific parts of the city, which allows the officers to become familiar with the residents and any particular problems within that area. San Marcos also has a Detective Unit, which investigates various crimes, including property crimes and general crimes against people (theft and burglaries, physical assaults, sexual assaults, vandalism, and domestic violence). San Marcos also has a Crime Prevention Unit, focusing on community outreach and free services.

San Marcos Courts
San Marcos is serviced by the North County Regional Center in Vista, which is shared by the Superior Court, Sheriff, Probation, District Attorney, Revenue and Recovery, and the Board of Supervisors. As a full-service branch court, this location deals in criminal, civil, family, probate, small claims, appeal, adoption, traffic, and minor offense cases.

If you or someone you know has been arrested in San Diego County, it’s important to have a competent criminal defense attorney who knows California law. Whether you’re being charged with a minor offense like vandalism or a serious crime like homicide, it’s vital to secure the best legal representation available to you. Be sure to check our Practice Areas page for additional information about various criminal charges under the California Penal Code, Vehicle Code or Health and Safety Code.  Put our vast experience with California Law, San Diego County and the North County (Vista) Courthouse to use for you.

Below is a general guideline for some of the most frequently asked questions regarding criminal cases.

What rights do I have at the time of my arrest?
Your right to remain silent is perhaps your most important right at the time of arrest. Many people may unintentionally make their situation worse by talking to the police without counsel present. In addition, if you are in custody, the police must read you your Miranda Rights before they question you. You have the right to have an attorney present whenever the police perform a custodial interrogation.

What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
In California, felonies are punishable by a minimum confinement of one year. Generally, a felony conviction will also include fines and may include probation. As a lesser charge, misdemeanors are punishable by maximum confinement of one year. Those convicted of misdemeanors are also usually required to pay a fine (maximum of $1,000). There are also charges known as “wobbler charges,” which give the District Attorney’s office the discretion of filing the charge as a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the circumstances of each particular case.

What is the difference between probation and parole?

Probation is an alternative to incarceration, where the defendant is allowed to remain in the community under supervision and specific restrictions. Parole, however, is a condition of release when a person is being released from prison. Another key difference is that probation is handed down by a judge, whereas parole is decided by a parole board.

Do I need a lawyer even if I plan on entering a guilty plea?
Deciding to enter a guilty plea can involve complex negotiation with the prosecutor. A good criminal defense attorney may be able to negotiate for a lesser charge or a lighter punishment, so having an attorney is critical, especially when deciding whether or not to enter a plea.

How does a prosecutor decide to file charges?

The prosecutor will file a case when he or she believes that a case has enough evidence for a conviction. In addition, the prosecutor will consider whether this evidence was obtained without violating the defendant’s constitutional rights. If the evidence was obtained unlawfully, it will be inadmissible in court.

WITH AN OFFICE IN VISTA, CA, OUR OFFICE IS VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE NORTH COUNTY COURTHOUSE.  HIRE AN EXPERIENCED SAN DIEGO CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR CASE.  619-930-9515.


BY LAUREN NORIEGA
www.iDefendSanDiego.com
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