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 Office 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 is proud to offer legal guidance in Riverside County
including the cities of Murrieta, Temecula, Menifee, Wildomar, Hemet,
Banning, Lake Elsinore, Corona and Riverside. 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. If convicted, it could result in jail
time and fines. Call our office today to learn more about defenses to
Under sections 243 and 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 time 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 for personal use 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
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
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 work 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
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 carry 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
counterfeiting bills or
forgery. These crimes carry heavy penalties such as huge fines, prison time, 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 Riverside
County 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 Office 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 from Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee,
Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Banning, Corona and Riverside areas. Spanish
and Romanian language services available.