The stakes are high after being charged with a crime in California. If you find yourself in this position, you likely feel anxious, overwhelmed, and fearful about your future. With so much on the line, you need a Valley Village criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights and fight for the best outcome.
The compassionate team at the Law Offices of Justin E. Sterling understands what you’re up against, and we’re ready to fight. Contact our firm today for a free consultation.
Why Choose Us?
Selecting the right criminal defense attorney is one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself. Choosing the Law Offices of Justin E. Sterling means partnering with a licensed legal professional with more than two decades of experience in criminal defense.
Firm founder Justin Sterling has established professional relationships with local prosecutors, district attorneys, and law enforcement agencies, which can give you an edge when pursuing a favorable outcome to your case. His commitment to individualized attention and a limited caseload means you will always remain informed about the progress of your case. A dedicated lawyer can give you peace of mind during such a stressful time.
What You Need to Know When Facing Criminal Charges
Being arrested and charged with a crime sets a complex legal process in motion. Here is a brief overview of what you can expect:
- Arrest and booking – You will be thoroughly searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and held until bail is posted or the arraignment occurs. Statements you make at this stage can be used against you, so it’s best to ask for a criminal defense attorney immediately.
- Arraignment – Within 48 hours, you will appear before a judge, hear the formal charges against you, and enter an initial plea.
- Preliminary hearings – The prosecution must show probable cause you committed the crime to proceed to trial. Your lawyer can highlight weaknesses in the evidence in your defense.
- Pre-trial motions – Your criminal defense attorney will file motions to suppress evidence, dismiss charges, and more as necessary.
- Trial – The prosecutor must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury for a conviction. Your lawyer will defend you aggressively through cross-examinations and arguments.
Our Criminal Defense Legal Services
At the Law Offices of Justin E. Sterling, we leverage over 20 years of criminal defense experience to protect the rights and futures of clients in Valley Village. We provide customized representation by analyzing the unique circumstances of each case. Our services include:
- Providing aggressive defense at trial
- Filing motions to dismiss or reduce charges
- Investigating crime scenes and interviews
- Reviewing evidence and formulating defense strategies
- Negotiating with prosecutors for plea bargains
- Guiding clients through pre-trial and legal processes
Contact a Valley Village Criminal Defense Attorney Today
The Law Offices of Justin E. Sterling is passionate about protecting the rights of Californians just like you. Contact us today for a free consultation with a skilled criminal defense lawyer in Valley Village.