Have you or a loved one been charged with a crime? You have so many questions and concerns, and you likely do not know what to do. Being faced with a situation where your life seems uncertain can be very stressful. Criminal proceedings are complicated, and the stakes are high. It is important to choose an attorney who understands your situation, can evaluate all aspects of your case, and defend against the charges. Marie will not only defend you but she will explain the process so that you understand the potential consequences of the charges you are facing. Marie will advise, but you will decide the best way to proceed.
Has your child has made poor choices that have resulted in criminal proceedings? Marie defends juveniles in all types of criminal proceedings instituted against them. Juvenile proceedings are lengthy and can severely impact the life of your child. As a parent, it is important for you to stay involved in your child’s life to provide support during these proceedings.
Misdemeanor and Felony Charges
Never assume that simply because you think you have done nothing wrong that you can defend yourself. Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony Marie will fight to protect your rights and staunchly defend you against the charges.
Domestic Violence Charges
Are you a parent facing a charge of domestic violence? A charge of domestic violence can severely impact your parental rights. You could lose custody or visitation, which would directly affect the relationship you have with your children.
Being charged with domestic violence could also cause family law proceedings to be brought against you, either through a divorce or domestic violence restraining order (DVRO). If you have been served with a protective order or a restraining order and you need to go to court, contact me immediately and let me review the case against you. From there we can determine how best to handle these charges.
Drug and DUI Crimes
When facing charges because you have been stopped for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you need an attorney who understands that in California there are two forums that control DUI offenses: the courts and the DMV. Marie understands the process involved and that, in some situations, you could be facing drug possession charges and more. Marie has experience helping clients faced with these charges and will work tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcome.
If you find yourself under investigation for embezzlement or some other white-collar crime, you need to consult with an attorney immediately. Oftentimes, by contacting an attorney before a case has been filed against you, more serious charges can be avoided. Remember, when you are under investigation, your neighbors and coworkers can be contacted and your financial records may be obtained by court order. Marie understands how serious these charges are and will work hard to help you fight back.
Explaining the Consequences
Anytime someone is facing criminal charges, they are facing fines and possible jail time. Even a simple DUI charge can have long-reaching consequences, including the potential loss of driving rights and increased insurance premiums. When you meet with an attorney, you need someone who will explain the full range of possible consequences and help you determine the best way to fight back against the charges you are facing. Marie understands that a conviction for even a minor crime could mean the loss of your job, followed by difficulties finding employment and housing. It could even mean the loss of certain rights, including the rights to see your children.
Never assume that because you were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time that you have nothing to worry about if you have been charged with a crime. Immediately after your arrest, contact Marie Barnes, Attorney at Law at (415) 226-9624. She will help you understand the charges against you, as well as any possible penalties. And she will determine the best strategy for defending against these charges.