West Sacramento Criminal Defense Attorney
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If you have been arrested for a crime, you must act immediately. At Donato Legal Group, we understand this is a very stressful and confusing time for you. You may wonder what your next steps should be and what will happen to you if you don't act. We can help you sort out your situation's details and answer all your questions. We have handled cases like yours for more than a decade and have a great deal of experience in the criminal justice system. We can work to protect your rights and fight for the best possible outcome in your case!
Don't wait to take action. Call (916) 318-5997 today and get started on your case!
What Happens After an Arrest?
After you have been arrested for a crime, several things will take place. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be held in police custody until you either post bail or are released from custody. If released from custody, you may be placed under certain restrictions, such as a no-contact order with the alleged victim.
If you are arrested for a felony, you may be held without bail. You may be eligible for bail if you are arrested for a misdemeanor. If eligible, you can post bail and be released from custody until your trial. You may have to pay a certain amount of money to be released, depending on the severity of the crime. If you do not have the money to pay for bail, you may be eligible for a bail reduction program.
If you are not eligible for bail and are being held in custody, you will have to wait for your trial. You may be eligible for a pre-trial diversion program if you are accused of a minor crime. You may also have to wait for the prosecution to gather evidence against you and prepare their case. Depending on the case, this can take a few months or even a few years.
What Are the Penalties for My Crime?
The crime's penalties depend on the crime itself and the circumstances surrounding it. For instance, if you are convicted of a DUI, the penalties will be different for a first offense than a second offense. The penalties for a crime also depend on whether you have a prior conviction. If you have a prior conviction, you may be sentenced to a harsher penalty.
The penalties for a crime can range from a small fine to a lengthy prison sentence and thousands of dollars in restitution. In addition to a crime's penalties, there are collateral consequences of a conviction. For instance, if you are convicted of a DUI, you may have to pay thousands of dollars in fines and fees. You may also have to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, making it difficult to get to work and other activities.
What Are My Defense Options?
After you have been arrested for a crime, you will want to take action to protect your rights and fight the charges against you. The first thing you should do is contact an experienced West Sacramento criminal defense attorney. We can help you determine the best defense strategy for your case.
Some of the defenses we may be able to use in your case include the following:
- You were falsely accused.
- The police violated your rights.
- The police did not follow proper procedures.
- The prosecution does not have enough evidence.
- You were acting in self-defense or were under duress.
In some cases, you may be able to get your case dismissed without ever having to go to court. If this is possible, we will work to get your case dismissed!
Contact Donato Legal Group Today!
We strongly encourage you to contact an experienced West Sacramento criminal defense attorney if you have been arrested. You may be facing a number of years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines and restitution. Our firm can help you determine the best defense strategy for your case. We can fight for the best possible outcome in your case and help you move forward with your life.
Do not go to court without an attorney. Contact us today at (916) 318-5997!