Frequently Asked Questions
Learn More about Criminal Charges in Los Angeles and Orange County
When you are arrested for a crime, it is easy to be confused about what to do next. Many of our clients come to us with various myths and misconceptions about the criminal justice process, and it’s easy to understand why. The weight of the state is coming after them. At Gibbons & Gibbons, our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers can provide answers to help you move forward with your case. You are not alone, and there is hope for your situation.
Below, you can find answers to questions our clients frequently ask. During your free initial consultation, we will discuss the law as it pertains to your situation so you can get a clear picture of what to do next. With more than 60 years of experience and thousands of cases handled, we have earned a reputation for results-driven representation. We are confident in our ability to protect your rights and help you through these challenging times.
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 people charged with sex crimes and homicides in Los Angeles and Orange County.
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 Police, Talk to Us
We are here to take your side and protect your rights. You don’t have to face your legal challenges alone. Contact an attorney at Gibbons & Gibbons to get started on planning your case.
Call (562) 372-6366 or contact us online to get started. Se habla español. We represent clients across Los Angeles in communities like Whittier, Bellflower, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Long Beach, South Gate, Bell, Bell Gardens, Paramount, La Mirada, Artesia, Pico Rivera, and Montebello.
Years of Experience
We have more than 60 years of combined experience.
Our attorneys have extensive experience in the courtroom.
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We are respected by clients and peers, including people in the judicial system.
Our attorneys fight relentlessly for every client's best interest.
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