Being charged with a criminal offense puts a lot on your line – your
rights, freedom, and future. Whether it’s a DUI, misdemeanor, or
serious felony allegation, you face serious penalties upon conviction.
If you wish to protect yourself against the penalties at stake in your
unique case, you need to fight the charges against you.
If you or someone you love has been charged with a crime in Orange County,
The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman is available to help you take the
right steps toward defending yourself from the very moment you reach out
to us. Because we know that what you do and say following an arrest can
have an impact on your defense and the trajectory of your case, we wanted
to provide a few key points to help you get started.
Know Your Rights – Whether you are under investigation or have already been charged
with a crime, it is essential that you know your rights. Most importantly,
you should understand that you have the right to remain silent. Your Fifth
Amendment right protects you against self-incrimination, and it should
be exercised whenever you have contact with law enforcement, or when officers
or investigators attempt to contact or interview you. You do not have
to speak to law enforcement, and doing so is usually not in your best
interests. Additionally, you should understand that you have every right
to defend yourself in court, and that you can enlist the help of a defense
attorney when doing so.
Don’t Plead Guilty – Far too many criminal defendants plead guilty without attempting
to create a defense in their case or pursue options for more favorable
resolutions. Just because you have been charged with a crime does not
mean that you will be convicted automatically. You have the right to challenge
the government’s case against you! Pleading guilty limits your options,
and subjects you to penalties that could have potentially been avoided
Know the Charges – You need to understand the charges you face in order to understand
what you are up against. Were you charged with a misdemeanor or a felony?
Although both are serious, felony allegations have the potential for severe
penalties, including terms of imprisonment, hefty fines, unsavory criminal
records, and a loss of your civil rights. When you know what’s at
stake, you can be better prepared for building a strong defense and working
with the right professionals who can make that happen.
Know Your Options – Criminal cases are always unique, and there may be options for
not only defending your innocence, but also for pursuing more favorable
resolutions. This includes the possibility of reduced charged and penalties,
as well as alternative sentencing options that may provide you with alternatives
to standard sentences or terms of imprisonment (i.e. treatment in lieu
of convictions or jail).
Call a Lawyer – Ultimately, it is best to remember that you don’t know what
you don’t know. When your future is on the line, the best step you
can take to protect it is to work with a lawyer who knows the ins and
outs of the criminal justice system and how to create effective defense
strategies that can secure favorable resolutions based on the unique facts
and circumstances of your case. That’s exactly what Attorney Jacqueline
Goodman has spent more than 20 years doing on behalf of the accused, and
why we’re readily available to help as soon as you make the call.
Get started on your defense by
contacting us to discuss your rights, options, and what The Law Offices of Jacqueline
Goodman can do to help.