Introduction

Whether you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor or an infraction, Chico Criminal Defense Lawyer Matthew Luzaich is ready to take on your case.  He will provide you with a vigorous defense, exploring every option while maintaining constant communication with you.

Basic Information

Infractions

From speeding tickets to red light violations, our firm can assist you with your matter. Avoiding points on your record and increases in insurance costs should be your top concern.

Life is busy enough as it is without having to deal with legal issues. That’s where we come in. We will handle your case from start to finish and save you time, energy and quite possibly money. The cost of an attorney to fight your case may in the long run end up being a fraction of the cost fines, fees, and insurance costs will run if you are convicted. This is not a guarantee that you will have your case dismissed, but your best bet to beat your ticket or get the charges amended and the fines reduced is to hire an attorney to fight your case.

The initial consultation is free, and you have nothing to lose by talking to us about your case. We will discuss your objectives, the facts of your case, the applicable law, and whether we can help you at an affordable rate.

Misdemeanors

The Law Offices of Matthew S. Luzaich has achieved excellent results for our clients charged with misdemeanor crimes.  Some of the misdemeanor crimes our office handles most frequently include: DUI, MIP, theft, drunk in public, assault/battery, drug possession, and resisting arrest.

Depending on the crime charged, misdemeanors can carry sentences ranging from no jail time, to one year in county jail (in addition to other penalties).

A misdemeanor charge should not be handled alone. A conviction can have negative consequences in unexpected areas of your life such as employment, licensing, your driving privilege, gun rights, who you can associate with, where you can go, and child custody. In addition, jail, fines, community service, counseling, and probation can be imposed by the court. We are prepared to defend any misdemeanor charge you may face, and we are dedicated to achieving results at a reasonable cost.

The Process

The criminal process usually begins with the citation or arrest of a person.  The person will then be given a date to go to court, called the arraignment.  At the arraignment, the judge will tell the person or his or her lawyer what the charges are and ask how the person wants to plead.  In most cases the person will have three options: guilty, no contest, or not guilty.  If the person enters a guilty or no contest plea, the person will then be sentenced.

If the person wishes to fight the case, or at least get the evidence against him or herself before making a decision, the person will enter a not guilty plea.  The case will then either be set for a pretrial conference or a trial.  Depending on whether the charges are infractions or misdemeanors, the person will be entitled to a court trial or jury trial.  Only misdemeanor and felony defendants are entitled to a jury trial.

A trial is a hearing in which the person’s guilt is assessed.  To find a person guilty of a crime, the jury or judge must find that the prosecution has proven beyond a reasonable doubt each element of the crime.  A failure to prove every element should result in an acquittal.

This is a distilled explanation of the court process, and like most things in the law is much more complicated than this simple explanation.  Entire books are dedicated to single aspects of the court process, so this by no means covers the finer details of the process.

What You Should Do

Call Criminal Defense Lawyer Matthew Luzaich today for a free consultation regarding your infraction or misdemeanor charge.

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