Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Santa Ana, California

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to have an attorney present during questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.

Few statements can be more frightening to hear, when they are addressed to you, especially if your immigrant status is a factor. You have been charged with a crime. Will you be deported? Will you be sent to jail?

You have many questions. You want to know what will happen next. You want to know what are the realistic possibilities for your situation.

For answers, turn to the Law Offices of Fabian C. Serrato in Santa Ana, California. Our attorney, Mr. Serrato, has gained extensive experience in criminal matters, especially criminal matters where immigrant status is an issue, during his almost two decades of practicing criminal law. Contact us today.

Criminal Law and Deportation Proceedings

In our firm's experience, criminal charges often have immigration consequences. If you are not yet a citizen and you are charged with a crime, your ability to live and work in the United States may be in serious jeopardy. A plea bargain that would be a good deal for a citizen might result in your deportation from the country. A lawyer who knows both criminal law and immigration law will know where the pitfalls are, and how to avoid them.

A Broad Criminal Practice

Our firm has experience in a wide variety of criminal areas including

  • Domestic violence
  • DUI
  • Drug charges (possession, distribution, transportation)
  • Gang cases (racketeering)
  • Juvenile crimes
  • Sex crimes (rape, sexual assault, statutory rape)
  • White collar crime

Domestic Violence and DUI

Domestic violence and DUI are both charges that are often viewed as not having a terrible impact on the life of those charged. People who are charged with these sorts of crimes may not feel that their situation is one where they need a lawyer. That can be a very costly mistake. Domestic violence and DUI both have potentially severe consequences, such as deportation if you are not a citizen of the United States.

If you live with the person you are supposed to have been violent against you will likely have to find a new place to live. Apart from potential prison time, if you have been convicted of domestic violence you may need to take anger management classes, you right to own a firearm may be restricted, and the conviction may show up on the background checks typically done by landlords or potential employers.

If you are convicted of DUI you will not only face the fines and potential jail time, there are administrative fees regarding license reinstatement, increased insurance rates, and the cost of having to get to work without driving privileges.

Contact us now to set up an appointment with an attorney who is experienced in both criminal and immigration law.