When you are charged with a criminal offense, you face multiple consequences. Some of these consequences come from the government, like incarceration, fines, and the loss of certain rights and privileges. Others manifest in your social and professional life.
As your criminal defense lawyer, my goal is to help you avoid these consequences by defending your case against the charge. Your lawyer is your advocate; your defender, your protector.
Case Types I Handle
I represent clients from Sacramento County and throughout California who are facing the following:
- Drug charges;
- Sex crime charges;
- Gun charges; and
- Domestic violence charges.
What I Do for my Clients
I am a dedicated, aggressive criminal defense lawyer who puts everything I can into defending my clients’ cases. I am honest, I am aggressive, and I will always tell you which legal decisions I think are in your best interest. My job is not to make legal choices for you, but to enable you to make informed decisions for yourself.
There is more to representing a client than advising him or her on how to proceed with a case. There is also the actual defense. As a criminal defense lawyer who works with juvenile and adult clients, I do the following for each case:
- Conduct a full pretrial investigation;
- Determine whether any of the prosecution’s evidence was obtained illegally and move to have it thrown out;
- Obtain expert witnesses to testify on the client’s behalf;
- Interview all parties involved in the case to determine whether any lying or exaggeration is skewing it; and
- Negotiate with the prosecutors to reduce the client’s sentence as much as possible.
Why You Need to Work with a Criminal Defense Lawyer
You can represent yourself in court. That is call edpro se representation. But there is a lot of truth in the phrase “a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client.” If even a professional lawyer should not represent him- or herself, you definitely should not represent yourself.
Why? Because you are not familiar with the process of building a strong, effective criminal defense strategy and the nuances of navigating the criminal justice system. You cannot simply go to court and tell the truth – you need to prove the truth if you want to prove your innocence to the court. An experienced criminal defense lawyer knows exactly how to do this and will tell you when it is more realistic to try to reduce your charge instead of trying to have it dropped.
Contact The Law Office of Steve Whitworth Today
Do not wait to start working on your legal defense strategy. If you were charged with a criminal offense, you need strong criminal defense now. Contact the Law Office of Steve Whitworth today to set up your free legal consultation. The longer you wait to get started on your case, the more difficult it will be to have your charge lowered or dropped.