Torrance Criminal Lawyers

Here at Farar & Lewis, we know that you want to spend more time walking along the beach in Torrance and less time worrying about the criminal charges against you or a loved one. The attorneys working in our firm have more than seven decades of experience in the legal profession, and we’ve handled everything from immigration cases and sex crime charges to assault charges and appeals. After looking at a few of the more common crimes committed in Torrance, you’ll want to reach out to us right away.

Immigration Law Made Easy

Do you have a loved one living in the country illegally? All it takes is one police officer pulling you over for going a few miles over the speed limit for that person to wind up in jail. California takes the issue of illegal immigration seriously and has some stiff penalties for those convicted, including deportation back to another country. The sooner that you look into the law and talk with us about your options, the sooner you can help your loved one stay in Torrance.

Waiting on Word of a Felony Charge?

A felony charge is one of the most serious charges you might face. Murder, rape, sexual assault and larceny are just a few of the felony charges used in California. When the court charges you with a felony, you might spend months waiting in a jail cell before you step foot in front of a judge. Even if you spend those months at home, you’ll likely feel nervous and scared about what the future holds. Let us calm your nerves and make you feel a little better about your future. Call us today to learn more.

Sex Crimes

California views most types of sex crimes as felonies. The only type of sexual misdemeanor charge that you might face is a misdemeanor statutory rape charge. This occurs if the person you had sex with is under the age of 17 and you are less than three years older. If you gave the minor drugs or alcohol, the court can still charge you with a felony. Other sexual crimes include using an object to physically have intercourse with a person who did not give consent, taking sexual pictures or videos of another person or raping a person vaginally or anally.

The Difference Between Rape and Assault

Though California considers a number of sexual crimes as sexual assault, it refers to rape as an act that involves one person using force or coercion to have intercourse with another person. Even if you and your partner both consented to the act, your partner can later say that he or she was under the influence and didn’t give consent. This often occurs in high schools and on college campuses, but we also see a number of cases involving older adults. If you want to avoid registering as a sex offender, you need to contact us before your case goes to trial.

Do You Need to Appeal a Previous Conviction?

Most people assume that once they receive a conviction, there is nothing they can do. We think that you deserve the right to defend yourself in court and remove a former conviction from your record. Chain of custody issues with the evidence in your case, a witness who later changed his or her story or other minor things can change the way the judge or a jury looks at your case. If we think that you have a chance at an appeal after reviewing your case, we’ll file the paperwork on your behalf to reopen the case and get you a second chance in court.

People tend to look down on police officers, judges and prosecuting attorneys, but those professionals are simply doing their jobs. With the number of court cases appearing on the docket in Torrance every day, it’s far too easy for a case to slip through the cracks. Don’t let your criminal case or a loved one’s case slip through those cracks. Let us take a look at the charges, talk with you and anyone else involved in the case and decide your best strategy. Here at Farar & Lewis, we will do whatever it takes to support you.