The three general types of crimes in California criminal law are felonies, misdemeanors and infractions. Even the most minor of charges can negatively impact your future. For example, defendants convicted of Petty Theft may erroneously believe that pleading guilty without hiring their own attorney is wise so long as they avoid jail time. Little do they know that a conviction for any "Theft" crime may cause them to lose their current job or future job opportunities.
Likewise, defendants charged with Domestic Violence may erroneously believe that it is best to "wait and see" what happens in court before hiring their own private lawyer. However, the judge will generally decide whether you must post bond or be released O.R. and whether a restraining order will be issued excluding you from your residence and from contacting your family. Hiring your own private lawyer before your court date is critical.
Nothing is worse than being injured in an auto accident. Needing a doctor, needing reliable transportation and needing someone on your side to fight the big insurance companies is critical. Speaking to or entering into negotiations with a claims adjuster without an attorney is a recipe to being treated unfairly. Contact the Law Offices of Errol Cook today.