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The Law Offices of Matthew Cargal is a seasoned and successful criminal defense firm serving clients throughout the Pasadena area. Our firm provides skillful and effective defense for all types of charges, from misdemeanors to felonies. We have over 20 years of experience and will give our full attention and energy to the handing of your defense.

The consequences of a guilty verdict in the courtroom can have a serious impact on your life. If you don't take action to fight your criminal charges now, you could be sent to jail or prison, be fined hundreds or thousands of dollars, or be forced to live under the terms of a strict probation. Many criminal charges are based upon eye-witness evidence or a police report. In order to challenge the evidence brought against you, you need a criminal lawyer who knows the law and the specific definition of the crime that you've been charged with committing. To learn more about the criminal defense cases that we handle in Pasadena, please review the below information or click on any of the links listed.

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Assault
You can be charged with assault for any alleged attempt to commit a violent injury on another person, but proving your guilt depends on establishing that you had the ability to carry out the action. You may be the target of false allegations or faulty evidence.

Battery
Battery is a serious criminal offense, and if you are accused of such, you can be facing high fines and months behind bars. The two types of battery, simple and aggravated, can result in you being charged for a misdemeanor or felony. You must be able to prove that you have been falsely accused of battery in order to avoid these harsh penalties.

Domestic Violence
The police in Pasadena will take fast action in response to a domestic violence call, and as soon as the case is in their hands, it can be difficult to turn the situation around. Even when the alleged victim does not press charges, the state will carry forward with its prosecution. A guilty verdict can include jail time, a no-contact order with the victim, a year-long course of treatment and community service.

Drug Crimes
Southern California is one of the main arenas for the War on Drugs, and if you are charged with any type of drug crime your case will be subjected to vigorous prosecution. The penalties in your case will depend on the quantity and nature of the specific drug involved, as well as whether you are accused of possession, manufacturing or selling the drug.

DUI
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, you have a small window of opportunity to take action against losing your driver's license. Beyond a driver's license suspension, you also need to defend yourself against criminal penalties such as jail time and probation. A DUI conviction will result in you having to pay significantly more for insurance.

Federal Crimes
Federal crimes include a wide range of offenses that are prohibited under federal law, such as many types of fraud, tax evasion and internet crimes. A crime that is committed on federal property will also be prosecuted as a federal crime.

Juvenile Crimes
As soon as possible after an arrest for a juvenile crime, you need to get the help of a Pasadena criminal lawyer to protect your child's future. Being found guilty will mean that your child has to spend months or years in the California Juvenile Justice system or on probation. They may even be sent to a juvenile detention center.

Possession
Being arrested for possession of drugs carries serious consequences, but alternative sentencing is available under California's Proposition 36. Many people who have been caught in possession of an illegal controlled substance can successfully defend against the charges on the grounds that their rights were violated in the arrest.

Probation Violations
If you have been placed on probation after an arrest for any type of crime, it is crucial for you to carry out the terms of your probation so that you can put this period behind you and move on in life. The judge will be less likely to give you a second chance if you are found guilty of a probation violation, so you must get the help of an attorney who can help you argue your case effectively.

Rape
If you have been charged with committing rape in Pasadena, you need to take action now to defend yourself against a guilty verdict. The criminal penalties for California are severe, and the social stigma associated with this crime could follow you for the rest of your life. Many cases are based on faulty evidence or false accusations, and you may be able to have the charges reduced or dropped.

Sex Crimes
California state law carries an especially serious consequence for anyone who is convicted of a sex crime such as rape or child pornography. In additional to standard criminal penalties, you will also be required to register as a sex offender, and detailed information about your conviction will be posted on the California Department of Justice's Megan's Law website.

Theft Crimes
Theft crimes, such as burglary, robbery, embezzlement and shoplifting, can have an especially damaging effect on your reputation. You can be charged with grand theft or petty theft, depending on the value of stolen goods, and your case will also be influenced by questions such as whether you were carrying a weapon and whether this is your first arrest.

Violent Crimes
The courts in our area take all forms of violent crime seriously, and you need to have an experienced attorney on your side throughout the case. There are many ways to fight a charge of this nature, including arguing that you were acting in self-defense. With careful preparation, you may be able to avoid a guilty verdict.

White Collar Crimes
White collar crime includes a variety of offenses, from credit card fraud to identity theft and embezzlement. The penalties for white collar crimes are every bit as serious as for any other crime. If you want to avoid being sent to jail, state prison or a federal penitentiary, you need to start defending yourself as early as possible.

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