Frequently Asked Questions: Criminal Defense
Why do I need an attorney?
When you are faced with criminal charges, it is very important that you
do everything necessary to combat those accusations and fight for your
rights and your freedom. With the help of an Orange County
criminal defense lawyer from The Law Office of Bruce C. Bridgman, you can take the steps
necessary to defend yourself in the best way possible.
What do I do if I know I am going to be charged with a crime?
Even if you have not yet been formally charged, it is still in your best
interests to speak with an attorney. If you are worried that you are going
to face criminal charges, your lawyer can help to begin your defense at
any point. With careful research and investigation in every aspect of
your case, your lawyer can build a solid defense on your behalf.
What is a strike crime?
California has a "three strikes" law that is geared to punish
repeat criminal offenders. If you are convicted of a violent crime or
a serious felony, you will receive a "strike" on your record.
If you are convicted of subsequent crimes, you will receive enhanced punishment.
strike crimes are
manslaughter, various types of
theft crimes, certain
drug crimes, attempted murder, mayhem and arson.
What if I have a prior criminal record?
Depending upon your unique circumstances, you could be forced to suffer
enhanced punishments if you have previously been convicted of a crime.
If you have questions about what you can expect from your criminal case,
the experienced legal team at the firm stands ready to help you.
Will I have to register as a sex offender?
If you are convicted of certain sexual offenses, yes. Sex offender registration
can be very detrimental to your life as you know it. For example, you
could find it difficult to find appropriate housing or employment. With
the help of a seasoned criminal attorney, you can take the necessary steps
to defend yourself against charges that could result in mandatory sex
What if I am innocent? Do I still need a lawyer?
It is arguably even more important to have the help of an attorney when
you are accused of a crime that you did not commit. Many people make the
mistake of believing that they can explain the circumstances of the situation
to the police or other law enforcement and criminal justice agents. Unfortunately,
these people hear claims of innocence all day long and are not necessarily
going to believe you. Your defense lawyer will be able to work to protect
you in order to help ensure that an innocent doesn't go to prison.
What are your areas of practice?
At their firm, they are prepared to help clients with cases of all kinds.
For example, they are prepared to help clients who facing criminal charges of
white collar crimes,
juvenile crimes and
federal crimes. They are even able to help clients to deal with the complex and delicate
appeals. To learn more, call!