Getting arrested is scary. Even before you are informed of your charges, you know you are facing criminal penalties like years behind bars, steep fines, and the loss of certain social and professional opportunities. But these penalties are not guaranteed. A strong legal defense strategy can help you avoid these penalties and knowing what to do immediately following your arrest is part of an effective defense strategy.
Knowing your constitutional rights is one of the most valuable investments you can make in your future liberty. These rights include:
I advise you to start working with a lawyer as soon as possible after you are arrested. Having a lawyer present can help your case even before you are charged. If possible, have a lawyer present during:
Your arraignment is the formal presentation of your charges. In California, this must occur within 72 court hours – essentially, business hours – of your arrest. At your arraignment hearing, you will be informed of your constitutional rights, offered your first opportunity to enter a plea, and find out the specific charges you are facing. The court may opt to modify, exonerate, set, or reinstate your bail.
Steve was my lawyer for a very serious felony case earlier this year. He showed up at 4am while I was in jail to brief me on how to get out. He not only got me out, but got me the best possible deal. I Was facing 15 years prison and I got 30 days house arrest. He knows his stuff and will fight for you because he cares.
Attorney Whitworth represented me in an employment case, and was absolutely superb! He made sure I clearly understood every step of the way, and always had my best interest at heart. If I ever need help from a lawyer in the future, Steve will definitely be my first call!!!
what an amazing attorney. We hired him to represent a family member who was being accused of his second dui. He got the case thrown out! Steve rocks! thanks for all of your help! Hopefully my cousin learned his lesson lmao!