How will this impact your future? It’s easy to start imagining the worst, so it’s essential that you contact an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible who can answer your questions and help you understand your legal options. Jeffrey B. Hayden, Attorney at Law is a certified Criminal Law Specialist who is well-known and highly-regarded among legal experts, so you can trust that working with him will give you the strongest chance of securing the best outcome possible.
What to Expect From the Legal Process
If you are charged with a felony crime, it’s helpful to understand what the process typically looks like so that you can adjust your expectations accordingly. Typically, after you are arrested, you attend an arraignment, where a judge formally charges you with a crime. You will work with your attorney to enter a plea of either “guilty” or “not guilty” during the preliminary hearing. If you plead guilty, the court will sentence you accordingly. If you plead not guilty, prosecutors must provide sufficient evidence to convince the court to proceed with a felony trial. Sometimes, prosecutors fail to produce enough evidence, and the charges will be dropped, allowing you to move on with your life. If it’s determined that the case should go to trial, you will work closely with your criminal defense attorney to secure the best possible outcome—ideally, a reduction of the charges our an outright dismissal of all charges.
Standing Up For Your Rights
The best way to successfully navigate serious felony charges is to discuss your situation with an experienced defense lawyer with a history of protecting the rights and interests of his clients. Attorney Jeffrey B. Hayden has been rated among the top 5 percent of Northern California Lawyers for multiple years by San Francisco Magazine, so it’s clear he has a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system. Whether you are facing your first, second, or third felony charge, our office is here to provide you with clear and effective legal defense strategies aimed at protecting your freedom. We strive to help our clients obtain the best possible outcome, and we strongly advocate for alternative sentencing options that will connect you with the resources you need instead of locking you behind bars. The time is now—contact Jeffrey B. Hayden, Attorney at Law to make sure you have an experienced and highly-respected advocate on your side to speak up for your rights.