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When you face serious criminal charges in southern California, it takes a criminal defense lawyer with considerable experience and a passion for criminal defense to handle your case and bring it to the best possible conclusion. Douglas Miranda is that attorney. For more than a decade, he has advocated on behalf of those accused of crimes in the Los Angeles area. He has represented thousands of defendants and has handled scores of trial cases, from drug crimes, violent crimes and theft crimes, to white collar crimes and beyond. Attorney Douglas Miranda started his own criminal defense law firm so that those who face criminal allegations could benefit directly from his substantial experience.

MISDEMEANOR VS. FELONY CRIMINAL CHARGES IN CALIFORNIA

Under California law, you can be charged with three types of criminal offenses: infractions, misdemeanors or felonies. These are the three types of criminal charges that you may face if you have been arrested in the state of California.

An infraction is the most minor of these criminal offenses. These are minor violations. Examples of infractions are traffic violations. Typically, the penalty for an infraction is a fine, and jail time is usually not amongst the potential penalties for infractions.

Misdemeanors are slightly more serious offenses, and come with tougher penalties involved. For example, misdemeanors have a maximum punishment of between six months and one year in county jail, and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Examples of crimes that fall into the misdemeanor category are vandalism, driving with a suspended license, DUI, and other crimes.

The most serious types of crimes that you can face in California are felonies. These crimes are extremely serious, and if you have been arrested for, or charged with a felony crime, it is important to get in touch with a criminal defense lawyer immediately. The penalties for felonies typically include a very hefty jail sentence, and in the case of serious felonies or violent crimes, you may receive the death penalty. A typical sentence for a felony could be a minimum of 16 months in prison. If you have been arrested for robbery, murder, or any type of sex crime like rape, or certain types of drug crimes, get in touch with a criminal defense attorney and ascertain your legal options for defense.

HAVE AN AGGRESSIVE DEFENSE ATTORNEY FIGHTING FOR YOU

If you are a Los Angeles-area resident or visitor and you’re charged with a crime here, don’t put your freedom and resources further at risk. You’ll need the services of a criminal defense attorney with a record of victories in similar cases, a lawyer who successfully guides clients through the often-confusing California justice system. Douglas Miranda is a defense lawyer who represents felony and misdemeanor defendants facing charges that include domestic violence, DUI, assault, sex crimes, and drug crimes. When seeking an experienced defense lawyer, L.A. natives turn to Attorney Miranda for tenacious and aggressive representation. The Miranda Rights Law Firm’s defense lawyers serve clients in both English and Spanish.

AFTER YOU ARE ARRESTED

After a person has been arrested, one of several things may happen. For one, the judge may decide to set bail, and the defendant must post the bail amount in order to be released from the jail.

However, a bail is not an absolute must to be released from jail. In some cases, a person may be released from jail on his own recognizance, which means that he’s released without any need for a bail. All that a defendant needs to do is to affirm that he will show up in the future to make an appearance before the court. Defendants may have to sign an agreement promising that they will show up in court at a future date when they are required to make an appearance. All that they need to do is sign the agreement, and they’re free to go.

This option is legally known as an “own recognizance release.” That means that you are basically promising that you will show up in court in the future. This option serves as an alternative to bail, and it is a very attractive option because it is much less expensive. Are you eligible for release on your own recognizance? Criminal defense lawyers can help offer some insight into your options in this regard.

You may be eligible for an “own recognizance release” in California, as long as you meet certain criteria. For one, you must not be facing charges for offenses that are attached to a death penalty. The court must also not have any reason to believe that you are a threat to public safety, and must have reason to believe that you can be trusted to make an appearance in the court at a future date. At the arraignment, your criminal defense lawyer will attempt to convince the judge that you are not a public safety threat and that you have strong community connections that would prevent you from fleeing to escape charges against you.

WHAT IS CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE?

Many charges turn into convictions because the prosecutor was able to prove the defendant acted with criminal negligence. Under California law, criminal negligence is set to occur when the defendant behaves in a manner that is so reckless that it increases the risk of injury or death to another person. For a prosecutor to prove that you were criminally negligent, he must prove that not only did you behave recklessly, but that the recklessness also came with a disregard for the consequences of any such recklessness. The prosecutor must prove that any other person in the same situation would not have behaved in such a manner.

Prosecutors may be able to get a conviction based on criminal negligence, even if you did not intend to be negligent. All that they have to prove is that the negligence was so severe that it was almost guaranteed to result in injury or death to others. These laws are typically applied in those cases in which injury or death resulted as a result of someone’s carelessness, rather than his intention to cause harm. Besides, prosecutors must show that you were aware of the danger posed by your behavior, and knew that it was likely to result in harm to others. Talk to a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney for help after an arrest.

A prime example of how these laws are used is the case of intoxicated driving. A person, who is driving under the influence of alcohol, may not really intend to harm others by drunk driving, but the law will consider that he understands how risky such behavior is.

If you have been arrested for an offense, talk to a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney immediately.

WOBBLER OFFENSES IN CALIFORNIA

Most crimes in California are automatically either misdemeanors or felonies. A third category, called “wobblers,” are the charges that prosecutors may choose to file as either misdemeanors or as felonies, depending on the facts of a case and a suspect’s prior criminal history. If you’re accused of any misdemeanor or felony in the greater Los Angeles area, get legal help at once and contact an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney. A wide variety of offenses can be charged as either felonies or misdemeanors in California.

A defendant with no criminal history who is accused of a crime that’s a wobbler will probably be charged with a misdemeanor. Another defendant accused of the same crime may be charged with a felony if that defendant has a history of arrests and prior convictions. Policies also tend to vary from county to county in California. Some prosecutors may lean toward more misdemeanors, and others may tend to charge more felonies.

If a wobbler is filed as a felony, your criminal defense attorney can seek to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor at a preliminary hearing or through negotiations with the prosecutor. Someone who’s been convicted of a felony charge that was a wobbler may eventually be eligible for a reduction to a misdemeanor through the expungement process. A criminal defense attorney can tell you more about expungement.

Whether you are ultimately charged with a misdemeanor or with a felony, and whether it’s your first offense or just one of many, it’s imperative to have quality legal representation if you are charged with any crime. If you need a criminal defense lawyer,  Los Angeles natives can turn to attorney Douglas Miranda.  Let an experienced criminal defense lawyer answer your questions, defend you aggressively, and work to bring your case to its best possible conclusion. If you are charged with a crime, now or in the future, don’t face the prosecution alone. Call our law firm for help.

AN AGGRESSIVE CALIFORNIA DEFENSE ATTORNEY

Whether you’re guilty or innocent, when you’re accused of a crime in southern California you need an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney to safeguard your rights and provide expert legal representation. Don’t take the risk of losing your freedom or harming your family. With more than a decade of experience representing thousands of clients, Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer Douglas Miranda will fight aggressively for the best possible resolution to your case. He will give you candid, sound legal advice, and if necessary, he will advocate on your behalf before a jury.

Our law firm handles a vast range of cases, from cases involving drugs, assault cases, fraud and white-collar crimes, to sex crimes, child abuse, prostitution, grand theft, identity theft, burglary, and beyond. Our lawyers know criminal law and our legal team knows what it takes to help you find justice.

PRE-ARREST DEFENSE

If you are under suspicion and you believe that your arrest is impending, get in touch with our criminal defense team immediately. This gives us time to review your case, and it additionally means that all interviews and correspondence between you and the authorities have to go through your attorney, limiting the possibility of unintentional self-incrimination.

PRE-TRIAL DEFENSE

The right to counsel is the right of a person who has been arrested to have an attorney represent him. This attorney will help with his defense. If the person cannot afford to have a lawyer, the state will appoint one for him. The right to an attorney is guaranteed to you by the US Constitution’s Sixth Amendment, which gives you the right to appoint legal counsel in the case of federal prosecutions.

Your criminal defense lawyer must be able to negotiate with the prosecutors on your behalf, and must help you enter a plea. He must assist you during every step of the legal proceedings against you, from appearing at the arraignment with you, to, if you are convicted, the sentencing. Remember, the charges against you may be baseless, but that might not mean anything without the right attorney on your side.

While the Miranda Rights Law Firm is always ready to go to trial on behalf of clients, that’s usually not necessary or sometimes even desirable. Negotiations and plea deals are routine in criminal cases, and while attorney Douglas Miranda will explain your options – and his recommendations – accepting or rejecting a plea bargain up to you. We will fight aggressively for the result that is in your best personal long-term interests.

TRIAL DEFENSE

As criminal defense attorneys, the law does not require us to prove to the authorities that you are innocent of all criminal accusations. Rather, a defense attorney’s task is to challenge and dispute the state’s evidence against you so that there is reasonable doubt as to your guilt. The Miranda Rights Law Firm will use every available legal tool and resource on your behalf to cast doubt on the evidence and the case against you.

ARRANGE A FREE CONSULTATION

If you’ve been charged with a crime or believe that you are under suspicion, put a skilled defense attorney to work for you. After assessing your legal situation, Douglas Miranda will outline your options and develop an effective defense strategy. If you seek a lawyer for a loved one who has already been arrested, attorney Douglas Miranda can usually visit your loved one in jail. What sets us apart is our personal interest in every case and client. Every client is treated with the utmost respect, and you can be sure that you will receive the personal attention of our criminal defense team throughout the course of your case. At the Miranda Rights Law Firm, we take our responsibility to our clients seriously, and we want to put our experience to work for you, which is why we have so many positive reviews written by former clients. Take a look for yourself by reading Miranda Rights Law Firm’s Google Plus reviews.

Our law firm is located in Downtown Los Angeles near the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, approximately 18 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Take I-105 E from Los Angeles International Airport to get to our law firm. Take exit 7B for I-110 N/S toward Los Angeles/San Pedro. Follow signs for I-110 N, and merge onto this interstate. Continue on this road for approximately 8 miles before taking the 6th Street/9th Street exit toward Downtown/Convention Center/Figueroa Street. Keep left and follow the signs for 3rd Street/4th Street. Then, take exit 23C and merge onto W 3rd Street/Miramar Street. Make an immediate left turn onto S Beaudry Avenue and another immediate left onto W 4th Street. Our law office is located on the right. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer, contact us today by email, or call 213-255-5838. Se habla español.