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What to look for in a California criminal defense attorney

On Behalf of | Oct 16, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

Your choice of a defense attorney will be critical if you are facing criminal charges in California.

You will also want an experienced defense attorney if you already have a felony conviction and are looking for post-conviction relief, including applying for a COR.

Handling charges

Criminal defense covers a wide range of serious matters from DUI to theft to a variety of violent crimes. No matter what charges you face, you need an advocate who can work on your behalf and build an effective defense strategy. Look for an attorney who has experience with your type of case and who has earned recognition within the legal profession. Your attorney should be able to explain the strength of the charges against you and engage with you in preparing a case that has the best chance for success.

Protecting your future

Remember that you have rights and a priority for your defense attorney will be to protect those rights. The lawyer you select should understand that your career, your financial circumstances, your reputation and your integrity are important considerations.

Looking at post-conviction relief possibilities

In some cases, it is possible to reduce a felony to a misdemeanor. Also, as long as you meet the requirements, you might even see the conviction expunged from your record. Perhaps you were already convicted of a felony, you served prison time and completed other obligations such as community service. You could be eligible for a Certificate of Rehabilitation (COR), which may be important to you especially if you wish to apply for a professional license in the state of California. Whatever your aspirations, an experienced defense attorney can help guide you through the post-conviction relief possibilities and toward a brighter future.