Santa Ana Criminal Defense Attorney
Defending Your Rights After A Criminal Charge
Charged with a crime? You need a lawyer on your side. Call me at 888-360-4256 to start protecting your rights.
I started the Law Offices of Christopher J. McCann, APC, because I am passionate about protecting the rights of the accused. My office is located in Santa Ana, and I represent clients throughout Orange County.
Navigating the California Criminal Justice System
If you have never been charged with a DUI or another crime in the state of California, the criminal justice system can be extremely confusing. If you have a prior arrest or conviction, you know the seriousness of the criminal charges you face now. However, you may still feel uncertain regarding the process ahead of you.
In either case, a criminal conviction can be life-changing. If you are convicted of a crime in California, the consequences can be vast. You could experience thousands of dollars in fines, as well as the financial difficulties caused by a halt in employment or even loss of a job due to criminal conviction. You may also be facing days, months, or years in jail. In addition, possessing a criminal record can cause other difficulties in the future, such as trouble securing a loan or finding employment.
Aggressive Representation In Your Case
For these reasons, it is crucial to utilize a California criminal defense attorney with a wealth of knowledge about how the system works and is prepared to protect you with the best possible criminal defense. I understand the criminal justice system in California. I know what steps to take to fight your charges and to find the best outcome in your case.
Whether you are an Orange County college student without a criminal record, a worker with your share of interactions with the law, or were simply caught up in a bad situation, it is important to meet with an attorney to learn more about your rights. I represent clients from all backgrounds and from all situations, giving you an opportunity for justice. Make the most of your opportunity and contact me as soon as possible to discuss your case.
What Are the Most Common Criminal Charges in California?
As with other areas, Orange County, the greater Los Angeles area, and California itself issue a wide range of criminal charges daily. Many of these are considered more common than others, particularly within Orange County. As a result, I have more than 15 years of experience handling criminal defense cases involving:
- DUI charges
- Drug crimes, including drug possession and drug sale
- Domestic violence, including domestic battery and child abuse
- Assault and battery
- Sex crimes
- Weapons charges
- Theft and shoplifting
- Traffic offenses
- Juvenile crimes
- Record expungement
I also handle all varieties of criminal motions including early termination of probation and felony reductions such as through Prop. 47.
If you have been charged with any of the above crimes or are under investigation, reach out to me as soon as possible. The more time that elapses between the event in question and beginning your defense, the more difficult it can be to build a strong case. By securing legal counsel immediately, you can ensure any evidence and witnesses are still in place. Take advantage of my extensive knowledge and experience by making one phone call.
Contact Me To Protect Your Future
I have a proven track record of obtaining positive outcomes for my clients. I have the skills and experience to handle your case with professionalism and expertise. I will gather evidence, determine your options to win your case and, when necessary, negotiate with the prosecutor when it suits your best interests. I also am a fierce litigator, and I will fight for you all the way through a jury trial.
Charged with a crime? Under suspicion? Do not wait to contact me. Your future is at stake. As an experienced criminal defense attorney, I will provide zealous representation. Send me an email or call me personally at 888-360-4256 for a free consultation to start discussing your case.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Criminal Defense in Orange County
If you have recently been charged with a crime in California or are under investigation, it is important to build as much knowledge on the subject as possible. For that reason, I have provided the answers to some of the most common questions clients have after receiving charges. However, every case is unique. Please do not hesitate to contact my law offices to discuss your case and learn how I can help you get your life back on track.
Q: What are the penalties for crimes in California?
A: Depending on the charges, penalties can vary within the state of California and can include a monetary fine, prison time, or a combination of the two. In addition, penalties can differ due to the specific circumstances of your case. Ultimately, charges in California and their specific penalties can be influenced by factors like:
- Whether or not you physically harmed another person
- Whether or not you used a weapon while committing a crime
- Whether or not you have a prior conviction for other or similar crimes
Q: What should you do after being charged with a crime in California?
A: In the moment, it is important to remember that anything you say to an arresting officer or investigator can be used against you in a court of law. For that reason, it is often best to say as little as possible and decline to answer any questions until you can speak with an attorney. Then, be sure to contact an attorney to discuss your case.
Q: When should you contact an Orange County criminal defense attorney?
A: In general, it is important to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as you are able. It is never too early in the criminal defense process to obtain sound legal advice from an experienced attorney. As you continue to navigate the legal system, your attorney can help you determine your legal options and advise you regarding what may come next.
Q: Do you need an attorney for minor charges?
A: Even minor charges can become exceedingly complicated once your case reaches the court system, and an attorney can help you navigate any unexpected situations. In addition, any conviction – including conviction of a so-called minor charge like DUI – can negatively affect your employability and other aspects of your life. It is important to ensure you have an experienced attorney that can help you protect your future.
Q: How much does it cost to hire a criminal defense attorney in Orange County?
A: While I would like to be able to give you a well-defined price range, fees vary widely from attorney to attorney. Even within a particular attorney’s office, fees can vary from case to case. Typically, fees depend on the amount of work involved with the case. To get a better idea of what your fee schedule may look like, call my law offices to discuss your unique case and to request a consultation.
Why Should You Contact the Law Offices of Christopher J. McCann?
I founded the Law Offices of Christopher J. McCann because I strongly believe in helping clients through what is potentially one of the worst times in their lives. You have the right to experienced, professional legal counsel after being charged with a crime, and you deserve an attorney who truly cares about helping you preserve your future. I’ve handled thousands of criminal cases in the state of California and can help you navigate the complicated criminal justice system and achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
If you or a loved one has recently received criminal charges, contact me today to schedule a free consultation.