If you are charged with a criminal offense in or around San Francisco, it is perfectly understandable to feel overwhelmed and scared about the future. Depending on the charges, you could be confronting a multi-year prison sentence if convicted of the crime. This is why you need top-notch legal representation. Your freedom and Constitutional rights are too important to be left to chance. Contact The Geller Firm today to get the representation you deserve and to learn more about what steps need to be taken in the wake of a criminal charge.
Types of Criminal Offenses
Michael Geller and his legal team possess a deep understanding of the California criminal code and are experienced in defending clients facing an array of difference criminal charges, including:
- Computer crimes
- Domestic violence
- Drug crimes
- DUI & DWI (i.e. drunk driving)
- Federal crimes
- Marijuana law
- Probation violation
- Property crimes
- Sex crimes
- Violent crimes
- White collar crimes
Understanding the Difference Between a Felony Offense and a Misdemeanor Offense in California
As most people know, not all criminal offenses are the same and not all crimes carry the same potential punishment. For example, there is an important distinction between a felony offense and misdemeanor offense. Felony offenses are considered to be the more serious types of crimes such as intentionally harming another individual, utilizing a weapon to steal goods or money, etc. A felony conviction can result in having to serve a significant amount of time in jail (e.g., anywhere between 16 months to life in prison, depending on the specific offense and the unique factors associated with your case).
A misdemeanor is considered to be a “less serious” crime when compared to a felony crime. Generally, if someone is convicted of a misdemeanor offense, they maximum jail sentence that could be ordered by a San Francisco court would be up to one year.
Potential Penalties Associated with a Criminal Charge in California
The penalties associated with a criminal charge will vary depending upon the unique circumstances of your situation. For example, the potential penalties for a DUI conviction will change dramatically if you have a prior DUI conviction on your record compared to a first-time offender.
No matter the crime, you should have quality legal representation that is ready to advocate for your best interests. This is why you should contact The Geller Firm. We take pride in zealously defending our clients and investing the time and resources to ensure you have a strong defense. We do this because we understand how stressful and nerve wracking it can be when someone is arrested and/or accused of committing a criminal offense. To learn more about our legal services, contact our office at 414-840-0570 to schedule a confidential case review.
Do I Really Need a Lawyer If I am Innocent?
The short answer is yes. You need effective legal representation supporting your criminal defense whether you are innocent or guilty of a crime. Why? Because when you are charged with a crime, the government is going to assign an attorney to prosecute your case and the prosecutor's goal is to obtain a conviction. Retaining the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney in San Francisco will go a long way to ensure that you're being respected throughout the entirety of the legal process and reduce the risk of being wrongly convicted.
What to Expect When You Hire a California Criminal Defense Lawyer
Facing criminal charges is always a frustrating and unsettling scenario no matter what specific charges you're dealing with, and this is mainly because you'll be facing a prosecutor that could potentially put you on probation or in jail. The criminal justice system is not always forgiving in San Francisco CA, but our criminal defense attorneys will ensure that you're provided with “white glove” legal services that properly handle every intricate detail of your unique defense strategy.
You should both expect, and demand, the following services when you retain a San Francisco criminal defense attorney:
- An in-depth case evaluation that identifies the strengths and weaknesses of your defense, which becomes the foundation for your legal strategy.
- Direct access to your criminal defense lawyer (i.e. you get to speak with your lawyer, not just a staff member).
- Your lawyer provides personal attention that is focused on achieving your stated goals and objectives.
- Protection during any interview with an investigator, police officer, prosecutor or any other law enforcement agents.
- A comprehensive review of lab processes, lab results, potential errors in chain of custody of evidence, and more thorough scientific analyses.
- A review of the conduct of police officers within your case, which can potentially identify any misconduct or rights violations.
- Your lawyer taking the time to interview any witnesses that will support your defense.
- Identifying possible suspects that committed the criminal act and working to get you acquitted of the charges.
The Geller Firm takes legal representation seriously, especially for clients facing a serious criminal offense that could result in having to serve time in jail or prison. When you hire The Geller Firm, you can be rest assured that you will be treated with respect. The legal team with The Geller Firm is ready and able to assist clients accused of various different crimes, including violent crimes, white-collar crimes, domestic violence cases, drug offenses, sex crimes, theft crimes, violent crimes, and much more.
Take Action Today – Contact an Experienced San Francisco Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you were charged with a criminal offense, whether it is a misdemeanor offense or felony offense, in or around the San Francisco Bay Area, now is not the time for inaction. You need to be proactive in protecting your Constitutional rights and ensuring your case is presented effectively and persuasively before a judge and/or jury. This is why one of the best actions to take following a criminal charge is contacting The Geller Firm. Michael Geller and his legal team is ready and able to help you during this difficult time and will work tirelessly to advocate for your interests.
We are available for virtual and in-person consultations. We serve San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, San Rafael, Palo Alto, and the surrounding cities. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.