Criminal Defense FAQs
Your best move is to hire the Right Attorney to keep the situation under control. Our Lead Attorney Jerrold Bodow is a former prosecutor who understands the complexities and strategies that are used against you and will step in to protect your freedom before things go sideways.
DO NOT WAIT FOR YOUR MIRANDA RIGHTS TO BE READ TO YOU. TALK TO NO ONE about your case, even in passing, because it can and will be used against you.
- You are released immediately and given a future date to appear in court;
- You have family or friends who will pay bail for your release;
- You may be jailed until you make bail OR we can obtain lower bail or a personal recognizance release for you. We will, when hired, argue persuasively to save you thousands of dollars in bail/bond fees.
An experienced attorney can lower some felonies to misdemeanor status. In a Federal prosecution you could be sentenced to a Federal prison or other facility. Certain drug or Domestic Violence charges, known as “wobblers,” can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony.
ALL CONVICTIONS, whether of a Misdemeanor or a Felony, become a part of your permanent criminal record and can follow you for the rest of your life if you take no action. It will likely appear on potential employer background checks. Your Coastal Legal Center attorney can advise you of ways to clear your record.
If you are a convicted drug or sex crime offender, you may be ordered to register with the local Police where you live. Sex Offenders are required to register for their entire lives. You may lose your right to vote, travel, and drive.
If you are not a citizen, you may have deportation issues.
All of this is critical to the quality of the rest of your life. Hire the best attorney you can to defend your freedom. Your Coastal Legal Center attorney will help you with all these potential problems.
Our attorney will likely plead you NOT GUILTY, as further negotiations down the line may create a better offer, and investigations or trial may lead to a finding of NOT GUILTY. In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. That requires the Prosecutor to have enough evidence to use against you to get a conviction. It is their burden to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Many times cases can be settled in negotiations rather going to trial. At this time, in the case of domestic violence charges, you will be given your Stay–Away (No Contact) order.
At this point, we will present you with the best strategy for your case. Then we will negotiate for a potential settlement of your case without a trial. There are many steps and factors involved in the resolution of your case, and few of these will be in your control. We will guide you through this legal maze with effective strategies to increase your control.
Our goal is to put you in the best possible light for the prosecutors and judge and to get the best possible outcome. Coastal Legal Center attorneys are known for their skilled negotiations. When it comes right down to it, it is better to hire an attorney with excellent negotiating as well as trial skills.
Because ours is for the most part a system of Pleas, not a system of Trials, the negotiation of a plea bargain rather than the unfolding of a trial is almost always the critical point for a defendant.
—Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
The last step is to go to trial. Coastal Legal Center has excellent litigators who will fight on your behalf in trial. We have consistently had successful wins for our clients in a wide range of cases.
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