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.