Criminal Defense FAQ
Answers to Common Questions
At Chung & Ignacio, LLP, our Rancho Cucamonga criminal defense lawyers
are passionate about protecting the rights, freedoms, and futures of clients
charged with crimes. We understand that facing criminal allegations can
be one of the most difficult experiences in life, and we strive to guide
our clients through the process swiftly and successfully. To help you
as you begin your legal journey, our lawyers have answered a few of the
most common questions we receive.
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What Should I do After an Arrest?
After you or someone you love has been arrested, one of the most important
things you can do is to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Remember, you have the right to remain silent and to request a lawyer
before speaking with any law enforcement officer. Exercising this right
can protect you from saying anything incriminating and can help you understand
what to expect as your case progresses.
Are there ways to avoid jail?
Although the unique facts and circumstances will impact whether or not
you may be facing imprisonment, there are many options for avoiding jail
or prison sentences. Creating compelling defense strategies with the help
of an attorney may allow you to avoid jail sentences by obtaining a dismissal
of charges, or reductions of charges and penalties. Other options also
exist, including cases where individuals may be able to pursue alternative
sentencing such as drug or alcohol rehabilitation or community service.
Our firm can help you explore all of your available options.
What do courts consider when determining charges and penalties?
This is a common question, and one that can only be answered with "it
depends." Every case is unique and every individual defendant is
different. Generally, courts will focus on the following:
- The nature of the charge
- A defendant's prior criminal history
These factors hold a lot of bearing on criminal cases. Individuals who
have been charged for DUI in the past, for example, may face enhanced
charges and penalties if arrested and charged for another DUI within 10
years of a past conviction. Because every case is unique, it is strongly
recommended that you work with attorneys who provide personalized assistance.
I've been charged for DUI. What can I do?
Driving under the influence (
DUI) may be a common offense in Southern California, but that doesn't
make it any less serious. First time offenders can face serious and long-term
penalties, as well as the prospect of having a criminal conviction on
their record. These penalties will only increase with subsequent convictions
and when aggravating circumstances are present. If you are intent on avoiding
penalties and protecting your future, you should speak to an attorney
as soon as possible.
Will my case go to trial?
Not all criminal cases go to trial. In many cases, attorneys can do a lot
of work to avoid charges or to substantially reduce charges and penalties
for their clients. In some cases, a criminal trial may be in the best
interests of a defendant. Our firm counsels our clients on their options,
including whether or not a trial is right for their situation.
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Our legal team knows that individuals facing criminal charges have many
questions, and we believe the best way for them to find answers is to
speak personally with a proven lawyer. This is why we offer free consultations
to help anyone in need find more information about their charges, the
penalties they face, and how our Rancho Cucamonga criminal attorneys can help.
Contact us today to request your free consultation, or complete an online
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