Criminal Defense Attorney in Pasadena
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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 can have a serious impact on your
life. If you don't take action to fight your 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 charges
are based upon eye-witness evidence or a police report. In order to challenge
the evidence against you, you need a Pasadena criminal defense lawyer
who knows the law and the definition of the crime that you've been
charged with committing.
To learn more about the criminal defense cases we handle, please review
the below information:
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Don't wait - the sooner you call, the sooner we can preparing the strong
defense you need.
Get in touch with our Pasadena criminal defense attorneys right away!