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Sacramento Federal Criminal Lawyers

The Sacramento criminal defense attorneys of Spodek Law Group fight for charge reductions or dismissals in felony, misdemeanor, and infraction matters throughout Sacramento County.  We also serve areas we surrounding Sacramento, including Citrus Heights, Galt, Elk Grove, Folsom, Isleton, Rancho Cordova, etc.

Our criminal defense and DUI team provide a wide array of legal services to our clients in Sacramento, including:

  • Guidance on Bail and release;
  • Negotiations with the Sacramento District Attorney;
  • Defending clients against criminal charges in court;
  • Protecting defendants at their probation violation and parole violation/revocation hearings;
  • Standing for children at the Sacramento Juvenile Courthouse;
  • Handling DMV license revocation in DUI cases;
  • Filing for expungement of criminal records;
  • Assisting convicted felons restore gun rights; or
  • Assisting defendants to reduce eligible felony convictions to a misdemeanor.

Our highly skilled lawyers defend against every type of Sacramento DUI and criminal charge, from traffic tickets to first degree felonies. Cases we frequently work on include:

  • Assault and battery charges(PC 242)
  • Domestic violence cases
  • Drug crimes, including possession charges (HS 11350)
  • DUI (Driving Under the Influence)
  • Juvenile criminal charges
  • Lewd conduct criminal charges
  • Probation violation
  • Sex offenses
  • Theft offenses, including petty theft (PC 484)
  • Three Strikes matters
  • Violent offenses
  • White collar matters

Information on the City of Sacramento Police, Jail and Court

Individuals who are arrested by Sacramento police officers are held at the Sacramento County Main Jail, which is at 651 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 874-6752.

You can look up inmate information by clicking  here.

Criminal cases are heard at the Gordon D. Schaber Sacramento County Courthouse, which is located at 720 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 874-5522.

The Sacramento Criminal Court Process

In general, the criminal court process begins with a person getting arrested and booked in jail. Barring scenarios in which the defendant is perceived as a flight-risk, a public safety-risk, or is suspected of an extremely serious charge such as murder, the jail will usually see fit to release him or her on bail.  In some cases, defendants can even get released without paying anything.  This is a release on own recognizance (OR release).

Bench Warrants in Sacramento Criminal Cases

A defendant who is released from jail is required to appear at all their future court dates without fail. In some cases, if they have a private attorney, the attorney can appear on their behalf. A defendant who skips court will have a bench warrant issued for their arrest.   You should be aware that bench warrants never expire.  To get the warrant recalled, the defendant or their attorney would need to file a motion asking for a court hearing to quash the warrant.  The judge has full discretion over whether to grant this hearing and to recall the warrant. Judges generally do unless hold the hearing unless that particular defendant has a history of missing court.

Plea Agreements

Once the defendant gets formally charged at the arraignment hearing, the prosecutor will then make an offer to the defendant or the defense attorney. The defense can counter the offer with their preferred terms.  This is the process of the plea bargain.  In the majority of cases, both sides manage to come to an agreement, and both parties can avoid going to trial.

The court will assign a public defender to any defendant who cannot pay for his o rher own private attorney.

The Preliminary Hearing in Sacramento Criminal Cases

Felony cases have an extra step that misdemeanor cases don’t have.   Unless the case settles first, there will be a preliminary hearing.  At the preliminary hearing, prosecutors bring their evidence to the court demonstrating that the state has enough evidence to keep pressing charges.  If the judge agrees that eh evidence is sufficient, the case can proceed.  On the other hand, if the judge believes the state’s case is too weak, the charges are dismissed.  The exception to this rule is that if a grand jury indicted the defendant, then the defendant may not have a preliminary hearing.

Generally, defendants prefer to take a plea than to take the risk of going to trial.  After entering the plea, the court will hand down whatever sentence the District Attorney and defense attorney agreed to as part of the agreement.  Alternatively, if the defendant gets convicted at trial, the judge is less likely to take the defendant’s wishes under consideration at sentencing.

Reach out to our criminal defense lawyers for legal advice. At Spodek Law Group, we offer free consultations.

Have you or your loved one been arrested on criminal charges in the Sacramento area?  The Sacramento criminal defense team at Spodek Law Group have many years of experience with getting criminal offenses lessened or dropped completely for our clients.

We form and carefully nurture our attorney-client relationships throughout southern, central, and northern California, including Los Angeles, Roseville, Yolo County,, San Francisco, Napa Valley, El Dorado County, Placer County and in many other areas across the state of California.  Our practice areas extend into personal injury in addition to criminal law. Also, we are qualified to provide you legal representation in both state and federal courts.

Federal Criminal Charges in Sacramento

Felony charges have serious consequences; a conviction can impact your life for many years. Facing federal crimes charges often has an adverse impact on family members and employment prospects even if the case never makes it to trial. Family members and friends often stigmatize a person arrested or arraigned on felony charges. This effect can persist even if the charges are dropped. The devastation that comes with a conviction carries stiff consequences, as evidenced in the sentencing handbook used by many federal judges. [1]

Legal counsel is a right under the U.S. Constitution’s Sixth Amendment. [2] However, the right to legal counsel when facing criminal prosecution for a felony doesn’t guarantee the quality of the lawyer. The federal criminal attorney is a specialist who understands the differences between the state and federal court systems. The best lawyer will have a track record of proven success when opposed by a federal prosecutor. Our law firm offers clients the best defense strategies for legal representation within the federal court system.

Criminal Defense Attorney, Federal Crimes

The complexity of the legal system only increases at the federal level. The procedures used in the federal court system are significantly different from those used at the state level, for example. Procedural errors can cause delays in the case, and this lost time can be quite expensive.

Other common mistakes include filing motions incorrectly and missing deadlines. The cost of these mistakes may include jail time while waiting for the trial; defendants tend to prefer to spend this waiting period at home. The federal criminal lawyer is responsible for ensuring that all of the legal paperwork is handled correctly in order to ensure the most positive outcomes possible in your case.

Pre-Trial Settlement Offers

Criminal defense attorneys handling federal cases can bargain on your behalf to get the charges reduced. This is a significant legal strategy because misdemeanors can be expunged from your criminal record; however, felony charges are here to stay, absent a pardon from a Governor. Most cases will get settled without a trial, so this option might come up in conversations with your federal criminal defense attorney.

Plea bargains are built into the system as an alternative to a trial where an aggressive federal prosecutor will push hard for a guilty verdict. The number of cases that actually go to trial is around 2 percent, and that says a lot about how the pre-trial settlement system works. There is a catch: If you never go to trial, there is no way to know if the federal judge would have ruled in your favor. This option is made attractive by the promise to reduce the charges, but it comes at the cost of accepting a reduced penalty.

The value of consultation with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney is to go through all of these options, and evaluate the merits of each approach. Your attorney might have a solid strategy for shredding the federal prosecutor’s arguments in court, but this won’t matter if the defendant caves into pressure to settle out-of-court during pre-trial bargaining. If the case gets dismissed, the charges are dropped altogether. Legal counsel is there to assist you in making these tough decisions.

Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer, Hiring Process

Selecting a federal criminal defense lawyer is a major part of building your case. There is no time to spare, yet it’s important to avoid rushing into hiring the first lawyer who expresses interest in your case. Inexperienced lawyers often jump at the first sign of a client even if they’re ill-prepared to handle the complexity of the case.

Interview each prospective lawyer equally, and take some time to think deeply about their answers to your questions. This small preparation will pay off down the road as you see the criminal defense lawyer’s performance in the federal courtroom. The outcome of this choice can affect your quality of life, relationships and future employment prospects; don’t make this decision lightly.

Qualities of a tenacious federal crimes defense lawyer include:

Communication skills: This attorney must be capable and willing to communicate openly and honestly about the case. This also includes explaining particular legal terms and jargon, as relevant to the case.

Proven experience: The track record of the federal criminal defense attorney should be readily available to the public. Never trust your future to an inexperienced lawyer going up against the federal court system for the first time.

Similar caseload: Ensure that the federal criminal defense lawyer you hire has a proven ability to successfully litigate cases that are similar to yours.

The process of selecting your defense attorney should be done with a great deal of thought and deliberation. Make sure you write down a list of questions that matter the most in your case. Ask about how long the lawyer has been in practice and how often do the cases go to trial, for example. Make specific inquiries about previous cases that were similar to the one you’re facing.

This process will help you to figure out where the attorney’s focus is being placed. Legal cases are often complex, and most lawyers’ specialization tendencies reveal themselves in their previous history. Federal criminal lawyers are specialized to handle criminal cases involving felony charges; don’t hire a lawyer without this necessary experience.

Federal Defense Attorney, Sacramento

Legal representation is essential for anyone facing felony charges. [3] Each federal crimes case is unique, so your defense strategy should meet the specific contours of your case. Federal charges are serious, and the consequences can be severe; trust your case to the most qualified and experienced federal criminal defense attorney. Our law firm offers a free consultation to discuss the details of your case.

Citations:

[1] https://www.ussc.gov/guidelines
[2] https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/billofrights
[3] https://constitution.congress.gov/browse/article-3/


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