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The Los Angeles Criminal Justice System Process

May 9, 2016 | Criminal Law

The Los Angeles Criminal Justice System Process

When you have been arrested for a criminal offense, whether you are facing charges for a violent crime, DUI, misdemeanor or a serious felony, it is imperative to understand the processes involved within the criminal justice system.

First and foremost the process moves quickly, before you know it you could find yourself sitting in a cell wondering what happened. It’s vital to seek advice from a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer immediately, because it may greatly affect the outcome of your case.

Our lawyers in Glendale, CA are dedicated to providing the highest quality legal representation for all of our clients.

What happens during the criminal justice process?

Many cases begin with an investigation upon your arrest. It is imperative to remember not to respond to any questions you are asked by any office or investigator without having an Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney present with you because you may expose yourself to a criminal charge if you make statements that may incriminate you. Remember silence is golden, as is the “K” in KAASS.

Can my charges get dropped or my case get dismissed if police officers don’t follow arrest procedures?

Under the law, the arrest process must follow a specific process. In many cases if procedures are violated by an officer or investigator, our criminal defense attorneys can fight for a dismissal. Our Criminal Defense Attorneys will immediately review the procedures of which were taken upon your arrest and identify any errors made.

What happens during an arraignment?

During the arraignment process, you receive an arraignment “date” of which you must be present in front of the judge, during the arraignment hearing. This is where you are formally charged and a bail amount may be set during the arraignment hearing. Being represented by any attorney during the arraignment hearing because your attorney may be able to lower your bail or even release you on your own recognizance. Prior to entering your plea, you may discuss your options with your attorney before making any decisions. This will give you a chance to weigh out your options. It is important to discuss your options with an Los Angeles Criminal Defense attorney because if your case had the possibility for strong defense, and you plead guilty, you will be out of luck.

What happens during the pre-trial hearing?

During the pre-trial hearing, your attorney can file various motions to aid in dismissing your case or removing evidence. It is vital to allow a criminal defense attorney to review all the evidence in your case and file suitable motions as necessary.

If you have a pending criminal charges against you call our office for a free consultation. Our attorneys have an 99% success rate in dismissing first time misdemeanor offenders. Our Criminal Defense Attorneys service Los Angeles, Glendale, and San Bernardino-Riverside Metropolitan Area. Providing quality and aggressive representation for charges ranging from serious felonies to misdemeanors. Notable USC and Southwestern University School of Law alumni are board members of Criminal Law Section for the Beverly Hills Bar Association and members of the Criminal Courts Bar Association. Our Criminal Defense Attorneys have successfully conducted trials in both state and federal court.