Crim­i­nal Cases

Crim­i­nal cases are those cases where an indi­vid­ual is sus­pected or accused of a crime. In these cases a local police depart­ment or sheriff’s agency will inves­ti­gate the mat­ter. This inves­ti­ga­tion process usu­ally includes talk­ing with wit­nesses, the alleged vic­tim and gath­er­ing any phys­i­cal evi­dence. Addi­tion­ally, the local enforce­ment agency will also attempt to talk with the accused. How­ever, there are legal rights which the sus­pect can uti­lize early on in the process which may help the ulti­mate out­come. Once the local enforce­ment agency has com­pleted their inves­ti­ga­tion, they then for­ward their inves­ti­ga­tion to the local Dis­trict Attor­ney to deter­mine whether to file charges. The Dis­trict Attor­ney then eval­u­ates the evi­dence and deter­mines what charges to file, if any. It may be crit­i­cal in a given sit­u­a­tion to hire an attor­ney imme­di­ately after you think you may be accused of a crime. The attor­ney may be able to work with the local enforce­ment agency and the Dis­trict Attor­ney to pre­vent charges from being filed all together or con­vince the Dis­trict Attor­ney to file lesser charges (file a mis­de­meanor rather than a felony). Once the Dis­trict Attor­ney files charges, the accused will then be given a court date to appear. This begins the court process. Many com­mon crimes the Dis­trict Attor­ney files charges for include Dri­ving Under the Influ­ence (or DUI), Theft, Embez­zle­ment, Fraud, Rob­bery, Assault, Bat­tery, Vio­la­tion of Pro­ba­tion or Parole, and Drug Possession.

The Law Office of DeDecker & Meltzer have han­dled a vari­ety of crim­i­nal mat­ters in sev­eral dif­fer­ent coun­ties includ­ing San Fran­cisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Santa Clara, Sacra­mento, Yolo and Placer coun­ties. We have rep­re­sented indi­vid­u­als from the begin­ning of the process (the inves­ti­ga­tion process) all the way through the res­o­lu­tion of the mat­ter. We know that being accused of a crime is a seri­ous mat­ter as it may involve the state tak­ing away your free­dom with incar­cer­a­tion in local jails or state prison. Addi­tion­ally, crim­i­nal con­vic­tions can result in resti­tu­tion pay­ments to the court and county. With over ten years of court­room expe­ri­ence in crim­i­nal cases, we have the legal exper­tise to han­dle all crim­i­nal matters.


San Fran­cisco Office
203 Wil­low St. Suite. 204
San Fran­cisco, CA 94109
Toll Free: (866) 957‑9966
Fax: (866) 855‑9737

Napa Office
575 Air­park Road
Napa, CA 94558
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None of the infor­ma­tion on this site con­sti­tutes legal advice. It is an ad for attor­ney ser­vices. The attor­neys at DeDecker & Meltzer are licensed attor­neys in the state of Cal­i­for­nia. The infor­ma­tion is intended to be gen­eral in nature as there are many laws and reg­u­la­tions not men­tioned on this site that may apply to your sit­u­a­tion.