Information Is Power When You Feel Powerless

Southern California residents arrested for a crime come to us with various myths and misconceptions about the criminal justice process. A recent arrest brings fear, uncertainty and confusion. The weight of the state is coming after them. They have important questions that require answers from skilled and seasoned criminal defense attorneys

At Gibbons & Gibbons, A Law Corporation, we provide the facts you need to make informed decisions about your future.

Should I talk to the police?

No. Police officers routinely try to coerce people into talking. They threaten them with warrants and other dire consequences. All the while, they claim that they have their best interests in mind. Simply put, they don't.

Do you handle state or federal criminal cases?

We take on the complexities of both.

Will you refer my case to another law firm?

No. Regardless of the severity of the criminal accusations, we handle all aspects of your case. In fact, we are particularly skilled in defending Cerritos-area residents charged with sex crimes and homicides.

What is arraignment?

It is your first opportunity to enter a plea of not guilty, guilty or no contest. Pleading not guilty will lead to setting bail. Guilty and no-contest pleas go directly to sentencing hearings.

If I know I am guilty, do I even need a lawyer?

Yes. You are still entitled to an aggressive defense from an experienced and knowledgeable attorney who can get charges reduced or overturn them entirely.

What if I wasn't read my Miranda Rights?

The most likely outcome is that your case will be dismissed. However, evidence obtained from your statement can still be used in court.

Will I be arrested for refusing to make a statement to the police?

No. You have the right to remain silent under the Fifth Amendment while being interrogated. If a police officer continues to pressure you to waive your rights, request that you speak to an attorney.

What if I refuse a chemical test after being pulled over for drunk driving?

Refusals have immediate and dire consequences, including automatic one-year suspension of your license and a possible jail sentence.

What happens at trial?

Prior to the start of trial proceedings, a jury is chosen with the requirement that they be fair and impartial at every step. Trials start with opening statements. From there, your lawyer will present evidence and members of the jury will determine if you are guilty or not guilty.

Before Talking To The Police, Talk To Us

Contact an attorney at Gibbons & Gibbons, A Law Corporation, in Cerritos. Call 562-802-3602 or send us an email.

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