What Types of Cases Can a Criminal Lawyer Defend?
A criminal conviction can lead to prison time, fines, and collateral consequences. Criminal law encompasses a wide range of offenses, including driving offenses, violent crimes, and drug crimes. A Los Angeles criminal lawyer from Kroger Law Group can help protect your rights and build a strong case in your defense. A strong defense may lead to reduced or dismissed charges, which can significantly improve the outcome of your case.Types of Cases a Criminal Lawyer Can Defend
Kroger Law Group can defend most serious crimes in the Los Angeles area. If you are facing charges in any of these categories, we can help:Drug Crimes
Our criminal lawyers can defend you against drug crimes, including possession, manufacturing, distribution, possession for sale, issuing an unlawful prescription, and more. There are five different schedules of drugs, and they are all punished differently. The charge you are facing and the specific type of drug can determine your defense strategy. Defenses can include a lack of knowledge, medical necessity, or illegal search and seizure. Our attorneys are well-versed in both state and federal drug statutes to provide a comprehensive defense.Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
There are various driving under the influence (DUI) offenses that you can be convicted of in California. DUI cases involve individuals accused of operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The legal limit of blood alcohol concentration in California is .08%, but you can be arrested and convicted without meeting this limit. Our attorneys can defend you by using constitutional, procedural, or substantive challenges arguments.Driving Violations
Our lawyers can defend you against various driving violations, such as collateral consequences of a DUI, driving without a license, or driving with a revoked or suspended license. Collateral consequences are repercussions that do not come from the state of California. They can include losing your right to vote, losing your right to own a firearm, and being required to install an ignition interlock device. Collateral consequences can be more difficult to overcome than jail time or fines, but our lawyers may be able to help you reduce or avoid these consequences entirely.Violent Crimes
Many crimes are classified as violent crimes in California, including murder, robbery, carjacking, and assault and battery. The charges you face will be directly related to the crime you committed and the situation surrounding it. A murder conviction may lead to a lifetime of incarceration or even the death penalty. Potential legal defense strategies we can use include self-defense, accidental killing, or insanity. Other violent crimes, such as robbery, can also lead to a lengthy prison sentence or expensive fines. They can also have other consequences, such as making it harder to obtain employment. For robbery defense, we can use good faith belief, lack of proof, lack of force or fear, and innocence arguments.Burglary
Burglary is defined as entering a specific structure with the intent to commit a felony or theft inside. You can be charged with first-degree or second-degree burglary. The type of property you broke into is often the main determining factor of your sentence. If you break into inhabited property, such as a home, it can be classified as a first-degree burglary. Second-degree burglary mainly involves uninhabited property such as stores or vehicles. Both charges can lead to significant jail time and fines. Your lawyer can help argue that you did not have intent to commit a crime or that the structure was not inhabited. This can reduce your sentence to a second-degree burglary or dismissed charges.Domestic Violence
Certain crimes can qualify as domestic violence if the victim and defendant had a family or household relationship. The penalties for domestic violence crimes are more serious and often come with collateral consequences. This can include restraining orders, restrictions on child custody, and restrictions on your gun rights. We can help you fight these charges to keep your record clean and avoid a domestic violence conviction.Internet Crimes
Internet crimes can include child pornography, money laundering, revenge porn, cyberstalking, online computer fraud, and online identity theft. The type of crime that you commit can affect your sentence and the defense strategy that your lawyer uses to defend you. Cyberstalking is harassing or threatening someone online so much that the victim fears for their safety. The judge can charge it as a misdemeanor or a felony, and a conviction can lead to fines, jail time, or having to register as a sex offender.
Child pornography is owning, duplicating, or exchanging any material depicting any sexual conduct of someone under the age of 18. The judge can charge it as a misdemeanor or a felony. Your lawyer can defend you by using legal age, entrapment, or false accusation arguments.Seek a Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer To Defend You
A Los Angeles criminal lawyer from Kroger Law Group can defend you in a variety of different criminal cases. Whether you were convicted of a misdemeanor or felony charge, drug crimes, domestic violence, or internet crimes, we can craft a strong defense on your behalf. We protect your rights and work to get you a fair sentence. Contact us for a free consultation if you are facing a criminal conviction.