Newport Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer
The Court Process in Orange County
When you are charged or arrested for a crime, there is a certain process
your case will go through. You will need to appear in court, with an appearance
date which will be set either through a citation at the scene of the crime
or following your bail, or by receipt of an arraignment letter. You must
appear for this court date or risk an arrest warrant to be issued on you.
If you are already in custody following the criminal charge, you will
be brought before a judge within 48 hours of your arrest, except on weekends
and holidays. When facing the court process, it is crucial to have a knowledgeable
Newport Beach criminal defense attorney to represent you, as your future
and freedom could be at stake. At the Law Offices of Scott D. Hughes,
you will receive individualized attention from someone who cares about
your situation and will work hard to ensure you obtain the best possible
outcome against your charges.
At this first court appearance, which is called your arraignment, you are
notified of the charges and what your rights are. You will plead guilty
or not guilty during this arraignment. Having your attorney already in
place, someone who is familiar with the facts of your case is vital at
this point. Your defense lawyer can advise you as to the best legal strategy.
If you are in custody, a bail amount will be set and your attorney can
assist with obtaining the lowest possible bail amount for you, or even
request you are released on your own recognizance, without having to pay bail.
Although you can plead guilty, our firm rarely finds it beneficial to someone
to do so as many cases can be negotiated down to a lower charge or even
dismissed if there is not enough evidence against you.
Following this step, your attorney can work with you to obtain all of the
facts of the case and conduct a thorough investigation to uncover any
factor that challenges evidence brought against you. The prosecutor's
office must provide all evidence they have against you during this period
and depending on the circumstances, your legal counsel can recommend whether
to enter a plea negotiation or proceed to a trial to fight your charges.
Fighting For Your Rights in Newport Beach
The court process can be confusing and complicated and requires a skilled
and dedicated attorney to protect your rights. Attorney Scott D. Hughes
has the experience and aggressiveness you need to pursue your case relentlessly,
disputing any evidence brought against you. In your free initial consultation,
Mr. Hughes will provide you with an honest, straightforward assessment
of your case in order to make the right decisions on the best legal option
for you. Contact our office today; we serve clients in Newport Beach,
Huntington Beach and the surrounding areas.
Contact the Newport Beach criminal defense lawyer Scott Hughes
for help throughout the court process.