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 with 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.
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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.