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Lancaster Criminal Lawyers

June 24, 2021

The Lancaster criminal defense attorneys at Spodek Law Group have years of experience and expertise fighting to get your felony, misdemeanor, and infraction charges reduced or dismissed throughout Los Angeles County. 

The LA County areas we serve include Long Beach, Palmdale, Antelope Valley, Glendale, Lancaster, Palmdale, Pomona, Torrance, Pasadena, El Monte, Burbank, Norwalk, Downey, West Covina, Van Nuys, and other areas.

Experienced and Skilled Lancaster Criminal Defense Lawyers

The legal team at Spodek Law Group has former prosecutors and police officers in its ranks.  We use our past experience to outmaneuver the District Attorney. Some of the criminal charges we are able to defend against on your behalf include:

  • Assault and battery charges (PC 242)
  • Domestic violence offenses
  • Drug crimes, including possession charges (HS 11350)
  • DUI (Driving While Intoxicating) cases
  • Hit and run cases (VC 20002)
  • Juvenile offenses
  • Probation violation matters
  • Sex offenses
  • Theft offenses
  • Traffic tickets and violations
  • Violent offenses
  • White collar offenses

On top of that, our Lancaster criminal defense lawyers will stand up for you to reduce bail amounts, get your criminal record expunged, and restore your firearm rights. Also, as a rule, our DUI defense lawyers always appear at DMV hearings to fight for our clients to keep their driver’s licenses.

The Lancaster Jail and Court

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lancaster station handles the law enforcement responsibilities for the Antelope Valley and Lancaster.  Individuals who have been arrested are usually taken to the Lancaster Jail, which is at 501 West Lancaster Boulevard, Lancaster, CA 93534, (661) 948-8466.

You can access inmate information in Lancaster by clicking here.

In Lancaster, criminal cases are heard at the Michael Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse, which is a branch of the Los Angeles Superior Court which is housed at 42011 4th Street West, Lancaster, CA 93534, (661) 483-5500.

Click here to search for information on your case online. 

The Procedure in the Criminal Court for Lancaster Criminal Cases

Once a person is arrested in Lancaster, they can bail out (pay their bail amount and wait until their case is over outside of jail) or be released from holding on their own recognizance. Those defendants who are denied the opportunity to bail out are generally considered flight risks or public safety risks.  Murder suspects also don’t get bail. 

The court grants defendants bail or release on the condition that they show up at all future court hearings. That said, defendants may be able to miss several of these court appearances as long as their private attorney appears on their behalf.

What if I Miss Court?

In situations where a defendant misses court, the judge issues a bench warrant for their arrest. From that point on, the defendant could be apprehended by law enforcement at any time. 

The bench warrant remains outstanding until 

  1. the defendant files a motion with the court to have the warrant recalled, and 
  2. the court holds a hearing.

 In some scenarios, the defendant might have to appear at motion quash hearing; in others, the defendant may be allowed to have his or her attorney appear instead.

After My Lancaster Arraignment, What Happens Next?

After the defendant is formally charged at the arraignment and enters their plea, the defense attorney now does everything they can to persuade the prosecutor to dismiss or reduce the criminal charges. In numerous cases, prosecutors will agree to a favorable plea agreement so that they can avoid going to trial. In fact, almost all cases are resolved through a negotiation.

The Preliminary Hearing in a Lancaster Criminal Case

Unless the defendant has been indicted by grand jury, defendants that are charged with felonies are entitled to a preliminary hearing. The preliminary hearing resemble a trial, but in reality they are quite different. The purpose of the preliminary hearing is for the prosecutor to show the court that they have a strong enough case to take the charges to trial. Should the court find that the state’s case is weak, the charge could get dismissed.  If not, the case may continue to trial.

Plea Bargains and Guilty Verdicts in Lancaster Criminal Cases

When a defendant pleads guilty as part of a plea bargain, the court will generally sentence the defendant to whatever terms the prosecutor and defense attorney agreed to in the bargain. If, on the other hand, the defendant is found guilty after a trial, the court has the authority to impose any penalties that come within the statutory penalty range.

Some defendants – particularly first-time offenders – might be given the opportunity to avoid incarceration by going on probation. Customarily, the conditions of probation are the payment of fines and restitution, performing community service, submitting to periodic sobriety tests, and avoiding further run-ins with law.

Contact our Spodek Law Group’s criminal defense team for legal advice and general information.

Spodek Law Group offers a free, confidential consultation on how we will be able to get you the best possible results in your case. Our criminal trial lawyers are top AVVO-rated attorneys serving clients throughout the Golden State.  

Spodek’s practice areas for legal representation include personal injury and family law, as well as criminal and DUI/DWI defense.



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