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Have you been arrested or accused for a criminal offense? Do you have questions about the process, what you face, or how a lawyer can help you? At the Law Office of Ronald M. Hall, our Downey criminal defense lawyer has decades of experience and has handled thousands of cases. We are devoted to helping you or your loved one!

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I’ve been arrested in Southern California. What do I do now?

After an arrest, accusation, or even if you learn of a criminal investigation against you, do not hesitate to call Attorney Ronald Hall. Having representation is the first step in creating a strong defense. We proudly serve Downey, Bellflower, Norwalk, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Riverside, Bakersfield, San Diego, and the rest of Southern California so you can rest assured that no matter where you live or where you have been arrested, you can benefit from our strong standards of legal representation.

Can I lose my license if I’ve been pulled over for DUI?

While driving under the influence charges are taken very seriously in the State of California, the penalties you can face depend on the exact circumstances of your arrest. If you are facing your first DUI, or misdemeanor conviction, you face large fines and penalties, up to 48 hours in jail, a 90-day restricted license that allows to drive only to and from work, mandatory alcohol treatment, or loss of license for up to 30 days. This penalties get steeper for subsequent offenses, which is why it is very important that you have a dedicated Downey DUI attorney on your side. We can represent you through your DMV hearings.

What constitutes a sex crime in California?

Sex crime accusations are surprisingly common, as there are a number of accusations that can lead to an arrest. From serious charges of rape, assault, and statutory rape, to so called “victimless” crimes including prostitution and solicitation, you can be arrested for a variety of reasons. What’s more, sex crimes often include long investigations so you may be charged suddenly without your knowledge.

I’ve been accused of domestic violence. What can I do?

It’s an unfortunate fact that many people are arrested for domestic violence under false pretenses. These accusations can be used against you in family law disputes and during divorce. In addition, people are often charged when a well-intentioned neighbor misreads a situation and an arrest is made. There are a number of defenses our Downey criminal defense lawyer can use for you, so call the Law Office of Ronald M. Hall at (562) 268-5522 today.

Can I go to jail for a drug crime?

Even with the slow decriminalization of certain drugs, such as marijuana, many drug crimes are still classified as felonies in California. This means that a conviction can lead to harsh penalties, including over a year in prison and large fines.

My child’s been arrested. What can we do?

Minors can be arrested for almost any crime that an adult can. Juveniles, however, have a bright future ahead of them and thus a skilled defense is needed to protect their future and their best interests. From drug charges to petty theft or vandalism, we work to keep your child out of the system, finding solutions to help. These may include probation, education, or other rehabilitation programs.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?

In California, crimes are classified by severity, or the amount that was stolen, the damage to an alleged victim, or whether you have previous convictions on your record. Felonies are more serious and can come with large prison sentences, huge financial restitution, and a permanent criminal record that can affect you for years to come. Felony crimes include Rape, murder, arson, third DUI offenses, and more.

Misdemeanors, on the other hand, are slightly less serious but can still some with harsh penalties. These crimes include first time DUI charges, petty theft, public drunkenness, and minor traffic violations. In addition to lesser sentences, you can face mandatory rehabilitation programs, fines, and community service.

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