Criminal Defense Attorney located in Newport Beach serving Orange County, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and San Diego

Are you facing criminal charges in California? If convicted your life could change forever. Criminal charges on your record can cause jail time, hefty fines, and trouble getting a job, securing housing or continuing education. When facing serious allegations, you need an Newport Beach criminal defense lawyer by your side who will vigorously defend you.

Newport Beach Criminal Defense Attorney

We help preserve our clients’ freedoms and protect their rights in Orange County and the neighboring cities in Newport Beach, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and San Diego.

A criminal charge within Orange County, whether a misdemeanor or felony charge, can put an individual’s life and future at stake. Many of those that face these criminal charges are good people who made a mistake that is now severely impacting their lives. And in some instances, some individuals are wrongfully accused of a crime. Even for those in the wrong place at the wrong time, we believe that an individual should not have their entire future in jeopardy due to one mistake or mishap.

We believe in second chances, and so should you. Let’s fight for your right to freedom together.

Professional, Knowledge, Compassionate Orange County Criminal Defense Lawyers

Our legal team at Guadan Law Group has years of experience handling criminal cases in Orange County and is focused on the future well-being of our clients. We have experience handling those that are facing federal and state charges.

Our legal team pushes for case dismissals, acquittals at trial, or reduced penalties if our client is found guilty. By working with Guadan Law Group, you are working with attorneys who are well versed with the local court system and laws regarding criminal charges in Newport Beach and Orange County.

When faced with criminal charges, you need legal representation that will hear your side of the story and carefully examine the evidence against and for you. You need compassionate, results-driven legal counsel to guide you through this stressful time in your life. At Guadan Law Group, we rigorously fight to help our clients avoid and mitigate the severe consequences of the Californian justice system

Orange County’s Go-to Criminal Defense Attorneys

At Guadan Law Group, we specialize and solely focus on criminal justice and criminal defense. We take a methodical approach to each of our client cases as each case is unique. We consider all possible defenses and legal options for our clients to maximize favorable outcomes. We know all the “tricks” and “strategies” the other side may use, and we can construct the best defense to combat them.

We utilize and implement case-winning approaches and strategies to reduce or dismiss our client’s charges. In the event our client is found guilty, we negotiate with the judge and District Attorney’s Office for reduced penalties.

The Guadan Law Group Advantage – What Separates Us From The Others

If you or a loved one was recently arrested and charged with a crime in Newport Beach or Orange County, you need to take immediate action as the sooner you take legal action, the more likely favorable outcomes are. Your first step should be immediately obtaining and speaking to a criminal defense attorney. Navigating the California justice system alone may be damaging to your case and put your future in jeopardy.

If this is your first time facing criminal charges, this can be an exhausting and anxiety-inducing time in the face of uncertainty and ambiguity. Working alongside Gaudan Law Group will help you navigate the legal landscape and California’s justice system every step of the way.

Depending on the charges against you, our legal team will immediately begin working for your release through a reasonable bail or your recognizance. In the event of a bail hearing, the presence of a Newport Beach criminal defense attorney from Gaudan Law Group can help release you on the least restrictive and cost-efficient terms.

Within the first few days of your or a loved one’s arrest, we can communicate and update you or your family on the steps and status of the current legal situation. During this time, we will have time to acclimate with one another and help walk you through the legal process in the state of California. We can also communicate with your family on your behalf if necessary.

We will advise and overlook each step of the way, providing you or your loved ones with dependable legal advice.

From here, we will begin to formulate and construct your best possible defense, all while guiding and preparing you for the coming legal procedures and processes.

A conviction can impact your future quality of life when facing criminal charges. Your future employment, education, travel opportunities, and freedoms are at stake.

We are here for YOU and YOUR future success.

“Criminal Defense Help Guadan Law Group helped me with a criminal defense matter. I found her to be very professional and knowledgeable. She helped me out a lot and i would recommend her to anyone needing defense help.”

-anonymous, avvo

Guadan Law Group defends the following types of crimes but is not limited to:

  • DUI / Reckless Driving
  • Drug Crimes
  • Federal Crimes
  • Domestic Violence
  • Felonies
  • Fraud
  • State Crimes
  • Traffic Offenses
  • Violent Crimes
  • Theft Crimes
  • Marsy’s Law
  • Three Strikes Law
  • White Collar Crimes

Don’t let one criminal charge ruin your future.

California Crime Frequently Asked Questions and Important Information

In the state of California and Newport Beach, criminal charges are divided into three separate classifications:

  • Infractions

  • Misdemeanors

  • Felonies

Infractions: Infractions typically carry a fine and no jail time or other legal restrictions. A typical example of infractions is traffic tickets. In the event of receiving an infraction, you are NOT entitled to a jury trial, and you are NOT entitled to a public defender. Most of the time, a criminal defense attorney is not needed. However, in some instances, legal representation is advisable.

Misdemeanors: Misdemeanors can carry up to one year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines and possible probationary periods, depending on the charges. Many misdemeanors carry the maximum punishment of less than one year of jail time, but none are longer than a maximum of one year. Misdemeanor crimes can range from shoplifting, public intoxication, sexual battery, and some DUI and domestic violence charges. It is recommended to seek legal counsel when facing misdemeanor criminal charges as a criminal conviction may impact your employment, education, and travel opportunities.

Felonies: Felony charges carry punishments extending beyond one year in prison, where each felony determines the maximum time. Felonies are the most serious of the three classifications of crimes and come with fines, parole or probation, and other legal penalties. A conviction of a felony charge can not only include lengthy prison time but will most likely impact your employment opportunities, loan qualifications, and housing situation. Some examples of felonies are rape, murder, fraud, drug possession, drug distribution, domestic violence, and perjury. In the event of facing felony charges, a Newport Beach criminal defense attorney is needed.

Califonia Criminal Court Process

The court system is confusing and complex to those unfamiliar with the California legal system. There are many rules and technicalities in which the California legal system operates. This section aims to briefly lay out the California criminal court process so that you may better understand the next steps ahead.

Investigation: Typically involves law enforcement officers collecting evidence and interviewing potential witnesses to gain a better understanding of the crime that was committed. Here, law enforcement officers seek to find whether or not a crime was committed and who committed it. Investigations take place in the event a law enforcement official has not witnessed the particular crime.

Arrest and Charges: If evidence is found that suggests your guilt during an investigation, you may be arrested. For an arrest to occur, police officers need probable cause, a reason to believe you have committed a particular crime. After an arrest, the prosecutor will decide whether or not to file charges against you. You will be released if there are no charges filed against you. If the prosecutor suspects there is enough evidence to charge you with a crime, you may be in custody until your arraignment or released on bail. 

Arraignment: Your first court appearance after your arrest and have charges filed against you. Your charges are read to you at this first court appearance, and your rights are explained. Here it is stated that a lawyer will be appointed to you if you cannot afford one. At the arraignment, you can enter a plea or request a continuance. Generally speaking, it is not a good idea to enter a plea before consulting with a criminal defense lawyer so that you may understand the consequences of each of your options (Not guilty, guilty, No contest). 

Bail: Your bail may be addressed during your arraignment hearing or during a separate hearing that discusses your bail. The details of your bail will depend on the circumstances of your charges. If bail is denied, you must stay in custody as your case proceeds through court.

Pretrial: The bulk of the work for your case will be completed during the pretrial process. Each side will begin to build their cases here, and the defense attorney and prosecutor will cooperate and trade evidence. Arguably one of the most critical points in time during your legal process, the pretrial process addresses the admissibility of evidence. Depending on your case and the efficacy of your criminal defense attorney, your criminal case can be resolved without going to trial. This would be an ideal scenario for many cases and is what we strive for at Gaudan Law Group if we cannot have your charges dismissed.

Trial: This is the time when each side brings forward their evidence, arguments, and testimony to a judge or jury. It is important to remember that you have the right to a trial by jury for any classification of a criminal offense, excluding infractions. With that being said, you also have the right to trial by a judge who will decide your innocence or guilt, a process referred to as a court trial. During the trial, the prosecutor must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. A jury or judge should return a not-guilty verdict if the prosecutor fails to prove your guilt. If found not guilty, you are free to go. If you are found guilty, your charges then begin to move to the sentencing phase of the criminal court process.

Sentencing: Sentencing will typically happen separately from your verdict at the trial. During the sentencing hearing, the judge will listen to the appropriate sentencing recommendations from the prosecutor and your criminal defense attorney based on the circumstances of your charges. Here the judge will decide on your sentencing.

Appeals: If found guilty of a crime, you possess the right to appeal the verdict that was decided. Grounds for an appeal are typically based on potential flaws or shortcomings in how the court handled your case. An experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to assess how your case was handled and advise on whether or not an appeal is appropriate.

“Highly recommended I retained Elisa and I have been able speak with her on many occasions and is always approachable. I feel like I have someone there at all times and can count on getting answer when needed. I am truly grateful to have retained her.”

-anonymous, avvo