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Criminal Defense Overview

Skilled Criminal Law Litigator Serving the Greater Los Angeles Area

If you have been wrongfully accused of a crime or simply made a mistake, you may be worrying about the potential consequences you are facing. In California criminal courts, crimes are divided into felonies and misdemeanors. Keep in mind that if you are charged with a criminal offense, you could face jail time, as well fines. While some misdemeanors may only carry a few nights in jail, other serious felonies face up to life in prison or even the death penalty.

Aside from robbing you of your freedom, a criminal conviction can also permanently affect your future. A criminal conviction will stay on your record and can be accessed by anyone who runs a criminal background check. Thus, a criminal conviction may prevent you from finding a job, obtaining student loans, or renting an apartment.

However, there are ways of fighting criminal charges. A skilled and accomplished criminal defense attorney can help you understand the nature of your charges, explain your legal options, investigate your case, craft a defense strategy, and fight for your constitutional rights in court. The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady is passionate about serving criminal law clients in the greater Los Angeles area, regardless of case size or financial status. Our attorneys pride themselves on providing superior and dedicated criminal defense representation to vulnerable communities like minority and lower income populations. For a free consultation on your criminal case, call The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady today at (866) 666-6529.

Types of Offenses We Defend

The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady defends clients charged of both misdemeanors and felonies. Common crimes we defend against include:

  • DUI/OWI
  • Embezzlement
  • Theft, Larceny, Shoplifting
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Fraud
  • Forgery
  • Sexual Solicitation
  • Assault and Battery
  • Threats and Stalking
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Homicide
  • And More

The Criminal Case Timeline

Though all criminal cases are unique, most begin with an arrest. Either a police officer will arrest you at the scene of the crime or a witness will identify you as a suspect, leading to your arrest. With more complicated felonies, there will likely be an investigation conducted by a detective. After evidence is gathered, the detective will seek an arrest warrant from a magistrate judge.

Following arrest, you will be arraigned. If you are arrested and held pending arraignment, you will be taken to a cellblock. If you are arrested by citation, the citation will state the date, time, and location of your arraignment. At arraignment, a magistrate judge will read your formal charges to you. If you are released, this is known as being released on personal recognizance. Personal recognizance is your promise to return for all court proceedings. You may be ordered by the court to report for various release conditions such as drug testing.

At arraignment, the prosecutor may request that you be held. If you are held, the court will determine if there is probable cause. A detention hearing will be held, and the prosecutor will call witnesses such as police officers to prove probable cause. If probable cause is not found, the case will be dismissed. If probable cause is found, the court will then consider detention arguments. These arguments are usually premised on whether you will appear for court hearings and/or your danger to the community. If the judge grants the hold, you will be held pending trial. If you are held without bond, you will not be released. If you are held on a cash bond, you can pay the bond amount in order to be released.

After arraignment, you will have a status hearing before your assigned judge. This is the judge who will oversee your case until its conclusion. A variety of things can happen at the hearing. You can enter into diversion, which is a special program run by the prosecutor’s office that allows certain non-violent offenders to complete community service in exchange for dismissal of the charges. You can enter a guilty plea, which will likely result in a less severe sentence than the sentence you would have received had you been convicted after trial. You can also argue any issues, such as discovery violations.

If you reject diversion or a plea offer, you will set a trial date. Prior to trial, your attorney’s team of associates and investigators will gather and review evidence, interview witnesses, conduct research, and craft a defense theory. At trial, witnesses will be called, and the parties will make arguments. The judge or jury will deliberate and render a verdict.

If you are convicted, you will then be sentenced. Your sentence can be a combination of jail time, probation, community service, supervised release, and/or a fine.

Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Prepared to Fight for Your Rights

With so much at stake, criminal law cases can be incredibly stressful and cumbersome. You need an accomplished criminal defense attorney on your side who can help you defend against the charges. The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady has a proven history of success with criminal cases. Call The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady at (866) 666-6529 for a free criminal case evaluation today!