Common Criminal Court Terms Defined

Criminal Law

You have been arrested or are being investigated on a criminal charge. You are deeply concerned about your future and overwhelmed in facing the court system. What do you do? Who do you turn to? When you are facing a criminal charge, you need to find a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer who can aggressively fight to protect your legal rights and acquit you of the criminal charges against you.

When seeking an aggressive Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer to defend you, it is crucial that the lawyer you ultimately hire is highly qualified and experienced in the specific type of criminal charge you are facing. Each case is unique and the circumstances and evidence related to the alleged crime must be thoroughly reviewed by your Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer to determine the best options for an effective case.

Depending on our ability to negotiate a dismissal, reduction, or favorable plea bargain, criminal charges can result in a jury trial. The skill with which your Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer presents your case to a jury is of vital importance. It can make the difference between a “guilty” and “not guilty” verdict. It is imperative that your lawyer has expert knowledge in understanding the jury process, how they respond to information, and how to present a strong case in front of the jury.

With any criminal charge, the stakes are extremely high and a conviction can result in a lifetime of consequences that will severely impact all aspects of your life.

Our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer have handled almost every type of criminal prosecution, from simple misdemeanors to complex felony charges. Below are only some of the criminal practice areas our lawyers specialize in:

  • Assault and battery
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Gun charges
  • Manslaughter, Attempt Murder, Murder
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug charges
  • Gang charges
  • Sex charges-Prostitution, Rape, Lewd Conduct
  • Three Strikes Cases
  • Theft crimes
  • Probation violations

DUI or Drunk Driving Defense

DUI defense is a highly complex area. To find the right California lawyer to handle your case for driving under the influence you need to find someone with experience in criminal court, DMV knowledge to handle the license proceedings, and a deep understanding of the forensic toxicology involved in blood and breath testing. Many lawyers claim to be a “jack of all trades”. These lawyers will tell you they have the skill to handle a California DUI case while also handling divorce, bankruptcy, and personal injury matters. Nothing could be further from the truth. DUI defense is one of the most complex areas of California law and to successfully defend your case you need a law firm with experience and expertise.

Traffic Ticket Defense

Do you need a lawyer for a traffic ticket? The simple truth is that California traffic citations will have various negative effects on all aspects of your life, including carrying a point on your DMV record, causing an increase in your insurance payments and the possible loss of driving privileges. The fines in traffic court are rising every day and it is not uncommon for traffic ticket fees to be over $1000 on many cases in today’s California traffic courts. Many “simple traffic tickets” actually include misdemeanor charges which will be prosecuted as criminal matters which can include jail time of up to one year and a conviction on your permanent record. Ignoring these traffic tickets will not make them go away, it will only make the situation worse.

If you fail to pay your traffic ticket on time or do not appear in court, the Court will usually have the DMV place a hold on your license pursuant to Vehicle Code 40509.5, charge you a steep monetary fine, issue a warrant, and refer your case to GC Services or some other collections agency. GC Services is a private collection agency used by the Los Angeles County Superior Court to try to collect money from delinquent (unpaid) traffic tickets. Regardless of how minor your initial ticket may have been, failing to appear in court has upgraded your traffic ticket to a criminal matter because failure to appear is a misdemeanor offense in California.

We Can Help

If you or someone you know has been arrested or is under investigation for a criminal offense in the Los Angeles greater area or Fullerton, it is critical that you make every effort to obtain an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer to assist you. We at the Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher are committed to aggressively and zealously fighting to protect your legal rights. We only have our client’s best interests in mind and promise to make every effort to obtain the best result possible. To schedule a complimentary consultation with a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer, please contact the Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher at (800) 797-8406.