The Santa Clarita criminal defense attorneys at Spodek Law Group have decades of experience representing defendants in felony, misdemeanor, and infraction cases throughout Los Angeles County.
The areas surrounding Santa Clarita we serve include Long Beach, Los Angeles, Palmdale, Glendale, Lancaster, Pomona, El Monte, Downey, Torrance, Pasadena, West Covina, San Fernando, Burbank, Norwalk, Van Nuys, Ventura, and more.
Top Notch Santa Clarita DUI and Criminal Defense Attorneys
Our highly skilled criminal and DUI attorneys defend against all Santa Clarita criminal offenses. Among the most common charges we fight are:
Bordered on the west by the I-5 Golden State Freeway, with the Antelope Valley Freeway SR-14 bifurcating the city, Santa Clarita is the perfect place for DUI stops. On top oF defending against the criminal charges, our experienced attorneys will also fight your license suspensions at the California DMV hearing.
Information about the Santa Clarita Jail
Individuals who get arrested in Santa Clarita will be booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station, which is at:
23740 Magic Mountain Parkway
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
You can look for inmate information online here.
Santa Clarita actually does not have its own police department. Law enforcement services are furnished by contract from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Criminal cases are heard at the Santa Clarita Courthouse, located at:
23747 West Valencia Boulevard.
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
You can find information about your case here.
There is also no juvenile delinquency courthouse in Santa Clarita. All Santa Clarita’s juvenile infractions–such as truancy, skateboarding, tobacco possession and curfew violations–are handled at the Santa Clarita Community Court. Santa Clarita’s juvenile criminal cases are usually heard at the Sylmar Juvenile Courthouse.
The Criminal Justice Process
For the most part, people who get arrested are eligible to be released on bail or their own recognizance (OR Release). Be aware that as a condition of being released, defendants are obligated to appear at their future court dates. A private defense attorney may be able to appear in his or her client’s stead, depending on the case. Defendants who fail to appear for their court dates risk getting a bench warrant issued for their arrest.
For defendants that remain in custody following their arrest, our lawyers fight for a lower bail. For people with previous convictions, we will fight for expungement of criminal records. Our clients who have been deprived of their right to have a firearm can count on us to fight to restore gun rights.
As soon as the defendant gets charged at their arraignment, the defendant’s attorney and the prosecutors begin to work trying to come to a plea agreement. Both attorneys generally prefer to avoid the time and trouble of trial. Therefore, prosecutors may be willing to reduce or dismiss charges.
Generally speaking, private attorneys tend to get offered better plea deals than public defenders.
In felony matters, defendants are entitled to a preliminary hearing, unless a grand jury indicted them. The purpose of “prelims” is for the judge to make sure that the prosecution has sufficient evidence to move forward with pressing charges. If there is not enough evidence, the charge will get dismissed.
In the event that the defendant ultimately chooses to take a plea, the judge will more than likely sentence him or her to whatever terms the defense attorney and prosecutor agreed to. In many situations, plea agreements involve the defendant going on probation instead of being incarcerated.
If the defendant goes to trial and loses, the judge has the authority to impose any sentence within the confines of what the relevant statute permits. This is why most defendants prefer to take a plea instead of taking their chances in a trial.
Reach out to the criminal defense lawyers at Spodek Law Group for expert legal advice. We offer prospective clients a free consultation to explain how our legal services can help your criminal matter.
Have you or you r loved one been accused of a crime? Our Santa Clarita criminal defense team has legal experience from years working in the district attorney’s office. Because we know how prosecutors handle their cases, we are in a great position to negotiate and litigate charge reductions and dismissals.
The fine legal professionals at Spodek Law Group create and nurture attorney-client relationships throughout northern, central, and southern California. Our firm’s practice areas include personal injury and estate planning in addition to criminal law. We have experience in both California State and United States federal courts.
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