Monterey Park Criminal Lawyers

Living in Monterey Park, California instills in you a sense of pride. The community has a dedication to its history, and it often runs special events and festivals to showcase that pride. Comprised predominantly of the descendants of the Asian Americans who settled the area, it has a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. Even if you feel safe going to sleep with your windows open and your car doors unlocked, you need to know what to do in case of a legal emergency. Here at Farar & Lewis, we’re ready and willing to help you with any type of criminal charge.

Child Pornography

Child pornography refers to the possession, manufacturing or distribution of videos or photographs that show minors in a sexual state. In the state of California, a minor person is anyone under the legal age of 18. This means that if your teenage daughter or son sends naked pictures to another person, your child is guilty of all three aspects of child pornography. While no one likes to think of a child receiving a conviction of child pornography, it happens more often that you might think. Whether you need help for yourself or your child, help is just a call away.

Are you Guilty of Mortgage Fraud?

Everyone lies every now and then, but lying on your application to obtain a mortgage in Monterey Park is a serious crime. Did you know that lying about even a single aspect can carry with it a prison term of 30 years? Banks and financial institutions use your answers on that application to determine if you qualify for a loan and how much money you can borrow. The applications use your social security number to run a check on your credit history, but it will also ask about your employment history and how much money you make. As the banks can come after you years after you sign an agreement, it’s important that you call us for help sooner rather than later.

Burglary vs. Shoplifting

When you steal something from a store, you’re guilty of shoplifting, but when you steal from a person or a company, you’re guilty of burglary. Burglary is a charge that is similar to robbery, but the main difference is that when you commit robbery, you physically take something from another person. Burglary often carries other charges with it, including trespassing, vandalism, loitering and theft. The prosecuting attorney will often go over the security footage to determine if you remained on the property for a period of time with the intent to steal or if you damaged any part of the property during the burglary.

Is a Misdemeanor Better Than a Felony?

In terms of the sentencing requirements, a misdemeanor is often better than a felony. A misdemeanor is generally a crime that is less severe than a felony. For example, if you committed statutory rape and the person is less than three years younger than you, it’s a misdemeanor. If more than three years separate you, it’s a felony. When you call us, we can explain the differences between misdemeanors and felonies and what each charge means to you.

Facing One or More Felonies?

Those convicted of felonies will likely find themselves sentenced to a term in prison. The difference between a felony and a misdemeanor charge is often quite small. The amount of money you stole, where you purchased drugs or the number of stolen items found in your home can all spell the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony. Instead of spending the next few months biting your nails and feeling terrified, find out how we can make the process run a little smoother and what we can do about your felony charges.

Tired of going through the legal system on your own? No one can blame you. Between the judge staring down at you and the prosecuting attorney looking at you from across the room, you might think you have no hope. Don’t give up. All it takes is one phone call to Farar & Lewis to feel better about your situation. Monterey Park residents facing all types of felony and misdemeanor criminal charges can get relief with one call to our firm.