San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, the threat of your life completely changing is very real. In these instances, it can be difficult to feel hopeful or optimistic about your future. However, with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney in San Diego, you may be able to find some peace of mind in your situation.
The Law Firm of George H. Ramos, Jr. is committed to providing exceptional representation and the best defense for those who have been arrested or are facing criminal charges in San Diego. If you are in this position, please contact us immediately to discuss your situation.
You have a legal right to defend yourself from any charges, and we can help ensure you receive the best representation possible for your needs.
Why Choose Us?
We are a criminal defense law firm that utilizes our unique experience and knowledge of the criminal defense legal system to help all those in need.
- Attorney George H. Ramos, Jr. has more than 20 years of experience on both sides of the courtroom. As a former prosecutor, he has unique knowledge of the criminal justice system from both perspectives, gaining a deep understanding of the processes necessary to successfully defend a client.
- We are committed to providing excellent service to our clients, ensuring we listen to their case, their circumstances, and their needs before determining a proper legal defense on their behalf.
- We understand the seriousness of your case, and give you our full attention. Attorney George H. Ramos, Jr. personally handles your case throughout the entire process, from arraignment to trial, to ensure you receive the representation you deserve.
Types of Crimes We Help Defend
The Law Firm of George H. Ramos, Jr. has extensive experience defending client on all felony and misdemeanor charges. This includes:
- Domestic violence. George H. Ramos, Jr. is a former prosecutor who specialized in domestic violence cases in San Diego. Using the knowledge he garnered through the years, he can formulate a case strategy that can aim to minimize, reduce, or dismiss any domestic violence charges you may be facing.
- Drug crimes. California has extensive, strict laws against drugs that come with potentially harsh penalties, including fines and prison time. The difference between being charged with a minor misdemeanor and a felony drug charge often comes down to a competent, excellent defense strategy. Our drug crime attorneys can help you formulate a defense that ensures you do not have to pay disproportionately for your mistakes.
- DUIs. Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is taken incredibly seriously in California, impacting your ability to drive and a possibility of fines and prison time. A drunk driving attorney from our law firm can help you explore your options for a defense that is right for your needs.
- Juvenile crimes. Any felonies or misdemeanors committed by a minors comes with its own unique sets of procedures and rules that complicate criminal defenses. We have previously assisted those who are arrested for juvenile crimes, formulating strong defenses to support minors in their case.
Why Do You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney?
It is always recommended to seek a criminal defense attorney immediately after being arrested or charged with a crime. There may be some provisions and laws that can be confusing or otherwise complex that only a criminal defense attorney will understand. For example, domestic violence and drug laws in California can be notoriously complex, with definitions and categorizations of crimes that may be unique from all other states. A criminal defense attorney will construct a defense strategy with all of these unique provisions in mind.
Additionally, a strong criminal defense is often the key to reduced penalties and minimized (or even dismissed charges). This is especially true in crimes where the difference in severity (and penalties) is so narrow that it is easy for a prosecutor to pursue the maximum possible charges for your case. A criminal defense attorney can push for charges that most benefit your situation, ensuring you are not excessively punished for a seemingly minor mistake.
How George H. Ramos Jr. Can Help
The Law Firm of George H. Ramos, Jr. can help fight for your legal right to defend yourself. Our knowledgeable, aggressive criminal defense attorneys can help by:
- Listening to your case and determining the best course of action
- Obtaining police reports pertaining to your criminal investigation
- Conducting an investigation of the crime scene to verify (or disprove) any potentially conflicting information
- Verifying that all submitted evidence is reliable – including any witnesses who have submitted testimony or information
- Using all information that is found to formulate the best possible defense on your behalf
Using this information, our primary aim is to see if we can get any charges dropped from your case. If that is not realistic, we negotiate with prosecutors on your behalf to see if we can reduce any charges to a lesser severity. In the event of a conviction, we can even push for a more lenient penalty on the basis of a number of circumstances.
Our ultimate goal is to give you the help you need during this extremely difficult time.
Frequently Asked Questions About San Diego Criminal Defense
How Much Does a Criminal Defense Attorney Cost?
The cost of a criminal defense attorney can vary significantly depending on the circumstances: the severity of the crime, the experience of the criminal defense attorney, the complexity of your case, and even the location of your crime.
Typically, misdemeanors cost much less to represent than felony charges. In these cases, some criminal defense attorneys charge a flat fee – but it can still be costly, ranging anywhere from $1,000 to $3,500. In criminal cases involving felony charges, attorneys most commonly charge an hourly fee, ranging anywhere from $150 to $700 an hour, depending on the circumstances.
Can I Be Arrested If the Police Don’t Have a Warrant for My Arrest?
Yes – in California, an arrest warrant typically is not needed to arrest somebody. This is because a police officer may be allowed to detain individuals at their own discretion. This is otherwise known as probable cause: if a law enforcement officer has reasonable suspicion to believe you have committed a felony, a public offense, or any other crime which may cause harm upon another party.
If I’m Innocent, Do I Need an Attorney?
Innocent people unfortunately end up in jail all the time, due to evidence that leads to incorrect conclusions about certain crimes. An experienced criminal defense attorney with a proven track record can fight for your freedom, ensuring that the truth about your case is upheld.
If I’m Guilty, Should I Hire a Criminal Lawyer?
Even if you are guilty or a crime, or are planning on pleading guilty, a criminal defense lawyer can be invaluable. There are still options available that can reduce the impact of the crime. For example, an experienced criminal defense attorney can negotiate for a lighter prison sentence in exchange for pleading guilty – or may even be able to eliminate prison time altogether for probation or house arrest.
This type of plea bargaining is incredibly difficult to do if you represent yourself. However, it can be much easier in the hands of a respected criminal defense attorney.
How Does California Differentiate Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony Charge?
Much like other states, misdemeanor charges are typically much less severe than felony charges. In California, generally any crime that carries a maximum potential penalty of one year in prison is considered a misdemeanor. Although standard traffic violations such as speeding and running red lights is less than a misdemeanor, offenses such as excessive speeding and driving under the influence are considered misdemeanors. Other common misdemeanors include minor drug possession charges, shoplifting, and trespassing.
Felony charges are much more serious criminal offenses, punishable by more than one year in prison. The most egregious felony offenses include murder and rape – which could even be punishable by death.
It is important to note that some crimes can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. Domestic violence, sexual battery, and assault with a deadly weapon may be charged as felonies if they are severe and egregious.
Will I Have a Criminal Record That Will Show Up on Background Checks?
In California, all misdemeanors and felonies will show up on a routine background check. These marks can impact your ability to rent a house or vehicle, or even apply for employment, depending on the circumstances.
Contact Us Today
If you or a loved one has been arrested or is facing a serious criminal charge, please contact us immediately to discuss your situation. Attorney George H. Ramos, Jr. and his experienced legal team can help you through this difficult time, presenting your case in a fair way to ensure you do not receive punishments and other penalties you do not rightfully deserve.
Schedule a free consultation today to see how we can help you fight for the best possible outcome in San Diego County.