The impact of a conviction on your life can be significant
The first concern for most people in California who are arrested and charged with a crime is that they may face jail time. For felony offenses, there is even the prospect of significant prison time. Although being deprived of your freedom is obviously the most significant way your life could be impacted by a criminal conviction, there are other potential consequences as well.
For example, a conviction for many types of criminal offenses that involved driving, such as drunk driving charges, could involve a driver’s license suspension. That means you may not be able to get to work, school, the grocery store or even get your kids to school in an efficient way. A driver’s license suspension could also mean an increase in your insurance rates. Not only that, but a criminal conviction could also lead to problems with securing proper housing. And, for many arrestees, the prospect of being fired from their jobs, or having difficultly being viewed as a good job applicant, is very real.
Planning a defense strategy
The ancillary affects of a criminal conviction can be life-changing. That is why it is so important to begin to plan a criminal defense strategy as soon as possible after an arrest. There may be ways to fight back against the charges. Important questions need to be asked, such as: Was the traffic stop legal? Was the evidence gathered properly? Were your constitutional rights violated? These questions, among many others, could be the key to crafting a successful defense strategy.
At our law firm, we work with California residents who have been arrested and who are now facing criminal prosecution. We work hard to help our clients attempt to get a successful result in their cases. For more information, please visit the criminal defense overview section of our law firm’s website.