Criminal Defense Attorney in Murrieta
Following an arrest, understanding the charges that you may be facing is important. Being accused of a misdemeanor or a felony can have serious repercussions on your professional, social and family life. Most people do not fully comprehend the various laws that govern their charges or even what their charges may entail. Hiring an experienced attorney from the Law Offices of Nic Cocis & Associates can greatly benefit your case. It is a part of our Constitutional rights that you are offered representation by an attorney and a trial by a jury. You are always innocent in proven guilty, so do not face the justice system alone! We will continuously and aggressively fight for your rights while providing individualized and personable attention to your particular needs.
The lawyers at our firm have experience defending cases from assault to drug crimes, theft, shoplifting, DUI's, sex offenses, embezzlement and domestic violence charges. After an arrest, it is important that you take the time to fully understand the charges that have been filed against you and hire an attorney who can help you navigate the often tricky laws governing criminal defense in California. The Law Office of Nic Cocis & Associates are proud to offer legal guidance in Riverside County including the cities of Murrieta, Temecula, Hemet, and Lake Elsinore. We provide legal counsel in all (but not limited to) of the following areas:
Assault is the crime of threatening or performing an act upon another personal that could or does cause bodily harm. You do not have to make forceful physical contact with the victim; it could be as simple as a shout or the threat to beat someone up. If you have been accused of assault, know your rights and understand all the penalties you could face.
Battery is different from assault under the California Penal Code. Battery refers to the act of using force against another to result in physical harm. Battery is a criminal act in the state of California, charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. It could result in up to 12 months jail time and fines. Call our office today to learn more about defenses to battery charges.
Under Penal Code 273.5 of the California Penal Code, if you inflict injury to a spouse or cohabitant that causes a visible injury, even something as small as swelling or bruising, you could be charged with domestic violence. It does not take a lot of evidence to charge someone with this crime. Most of the times all it takes is just a statement and small amounts of evidence. If you have been accused of domestic violence, know your rights and understand penalties you could be facing.
Drug crimes are taken very seriously in California. Our firm represents clients who are charged with possession or possession for sale. If you have been caught with cocaine, meth, heroin, ecstasy or even
marijuana possession, contact an attorney today. If you are convicted, you could be facing probation, jail or prison time and hefty fines.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous, not only for you, but any other driver on the road. California is cracking down on DUI drivers with checkpoints and alert law enforcement officials. However, there are times when the system is wrong. If you have been charged with a DUI and feel you have been wrongly accused, or have been rightfully charged but are unaware of the consequences you may be facing, call us today. Our initial consultation is always free. The DMV will suspend your driver's license if you do not request a hearing within 10 days of your arrest.
Is it illegal to be naked in public in California? Well, according to Penal Code 314, yes. Being charged with an indecent exposure misdemeanor can require you to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. If you are an exhibitionist, you may be charged with a felony. Indecent exposure of any "private" part of your body could land you with six months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines and a lifetime as a registered sex offender.
Has your child been accused of a criminal act? Criminal charges against minors are tough and they could have negative repercussions throughout their adult life. On occasion, prosecuting attorneys will try their hardest to try the juvenile as an adult to prove a point and set an example to other minors. That is why it is so important you hire an experienced attorney to defend your child. Call our office to learn more about the laws and penalties that govern juvenile crimes.
If you have been charged with a sex related crime, you could be facing serious penalties. Molestation,
unlawful intercourse, child sexual abuse and even
indecent exposure are considered sex offenses. If convicted, you may face lengthy jail time and heavy fines. Under Penal Code 290, if you are found guilty of a sex offense, you will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life.
Theft offenses are generally separated into petty theft or grand theft. Theft occurs when a person intentionally takes someone else's personal property without consent. Depending on the value of the property stolen, the charge can be a misdemeanor petty theft or felony grand theft. Even a conviction for petty theft can cary a sentence of jail and large fines.
Shoplifting falls under the category of theft. The most common occurrence is in the retail store setting. People are often accused of this crime by video surveillance, loss prevention personnel or by bystanders. If you are charged with this offense, you could possibly be facing probation, fines and jail time. Individuals are sometimes confused as shoplifters because of distorted images on surveillance equipment or at the fault of someone who is checking them out at a store. Understand your rights and know what you are up against in this section.
White Collar Crimes
White collar crime is any crime in which an individual uses his or her position of trust and confidence to obtain monetary gain from a company or business. These crimes generally occur within a corporate or business setting and could involve anything from embezzlement,
counterfeiting bills or
forgery. These crimes carry heavy penalties such as huge fines, prison time, loss of employment and probation. Learn more in this section about various white collar crimes and what your charges fully entail.
Ready to move forward?
Have you been accused of any of these criminal acts? Do not face the California judicial system alone. Now is the time to start moving forward with your case. Take advantage of the one-on-one attention you will receive when working with our law office and the assurance that you are working with confident and experienced lawyer. Contact the friendly and knowledgeable staff at the Law Offices of Nic Cocis & Associates today for a free case evaluation.
Our office is located near the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, California. We represent individuals in Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Corona and Riverside areas. Spanish and Romanian language services available.