Practice Areas Preemptive Representation Under the right circumstances, our office can contact the prosecutor before the arraignment to provide information which may cause a case to be rejected. Arrest Warrants There are several ways an arrest warrant can be cleared. Many arrest warrants can even be cleared on a weekend or after the court’s regular business hours. Assault and Battery Assault and battery can be filed at the felony or misdemeanor level, depending on the circumstances. There are a number of ways to fight these types of cases. Drug Charges Drug possession, even for personal use, can have severe consequences. Cases involving possession for sale, transportation, or sales are however, much more serious. Theft Crimes There are many species of theft and ways a theft-related case can be charged as a felony. Theft cases can also be charged, or resolved, much less onerously. Domestic Violence Criminal cases filed as “domestic violence” are subject to special rules and procedures. Even a misdemeanor charge can carry severe penalties. Firearm and Weapons Crimes Beyond certain weapons being illegal, a person may be prohibited from possessing any weapon as a result of a criminal conviction or a restraining order, for example. Driving Under the Influence A DUI arrest does not equal a DUI conviction or license suspension. It is critically important to retain an attorney experienced in criminal law to fight any DUI case. Hit and Run Cases In many hit and run cases, even before charges are filed, there are proactive steps that can be taken which can greatly improve the outcome of the case. Other Criminal Charges Hundreds of different crimes are prosecuted with regularity. Some mandate jail or a license suspension, for example. It is vital to have an attorney familiar with such nuances. Probation Violations When a probation violation is alleged, the person on probation has the right to a hearing before a Judge to determine the validity of any claimed violations. Probation Modifications Probation conditions can be modified at any time during probation. A Judge can even terminate probation over the prosecutor’s objection. Felony Reductions A felony “wobbler” can be reduced to a misdemeanor while a case is pending or often after a conviction. It is important such requests are properly made. 1203.4 and Other Dismissals Many convictions can be dismissed under Penal Code section 1203.4, commonly referred to as “expungement.” In some cases there are other ways to cleanse a criminal record. Record Sealing It is possible to seal arrest records through a petition for factual innocence. It is also possible to seal court records in some types of criminal cases.