San Fernando Valley Criminal Attorney
California Sentencing Laws - "Sentencing is one of the most important concepts in criminal defense"
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE IMPORTANT FACTORS THAT COURTS IN LOS ANGELES LOOK AT WHEN IT COMES TO SENTENCING?
Only the best insider criminal defense attorneys know how to plan to be successful when it comes to a sentencing in a criminal case. The court will look at the defendant's background, criminal history, the current offense, whether there are any aggravating or mitigating factors and much more. Not every factor applies in every case...knowing which to emphasize and how to argue the right ones takes a certain level of experience and familiarity with the case. This is why it is imparative to have a savvy criminal defense attorney in your corner, who knows what will sway a particular judge and how to make the arguments that count.
I find that I have the best success in a criminal sentencing when I am able to tell the client's story. Not just what happened in the case, but what and who they truly are. Many people have had a tough time of it in life and this has led them to do certain things that are not them. We work hard to show the other side of the equation. With character letters, a thorough analysis of the mitigating factors related to the case and a solid positive plan moving forward, we can and will make a difference for our clients every single day!
GENERAL SENTENCING INFORMATION IN CRIMINAL CASES
If you get convicted of a crime, the last step you will go through is the sentencing hearing.
California criminal law provides the defense and the prosecutions an opportunity to be heard in regards to sentencing after the defendant has been convicted of a crime.
Our role as your advocate is very important during the sentencing hearing. As your Van Nuys Lawyer we present any mitigating circumstances to lower your sentence. The prosecution attempts to present aggravating circumstances to keep the sentence as is but we do everything we can to get you the lowest sentence possible post conviction.
You have the legal right to be present for sentencing, the right to be represented by an attorney and have us present at the sentencing, the right to present evidence, and the right to propose alternative sentencing, and more legal rights you are entitled to that we will discuss with you and explain to you.
If you are convicted of two or more crimes, the judge must decide whether the sentences will run consecutively or concurrently. We will do whatever we can to get your sentences to run concurrently, meaning at the same time, to save some years of your life.
There are other factors that play a role in sentencing hearings and we are ready, willing, and available to answer your questions and to be an advocate for you. Our ultimate goal is to protect your freedom completely but if you happen to get convicted, we will do everything we possibly can to get you the lowest sentence.
Pick up the phone and call us. Set up a free consultation and we will discuss everything further in detail.