Many folks require the services of a lawyer to help either themselves or a loved one following an arrest or a criminal charge in Torrance or one of the bordering cities. The process is easy in the age of the internet, particularly for those who do not live in the area or lack the time to come into the office.
First, contact the attorney and discuss the circumstances of your individual case, whether it be a DUI, public intoxication, domestic violences or other criminal charge. A fee will be quoted to handle the case through a certain stage of the proceedings. In most misdemeanor cases the attorney will charge a flat fee to handle the case from start to finish, barring any appeals or post judgement matters such as probation violations or collateral cases.
The following is a typical overview of representation for a PC 647f or drunk in public defense in Torrance Court:
First, we’ll send you out a retainer agreement in the form of a PDF file that is easy to download a view, the retainer should be filled out and returned to the attorney along with any additional documents that pertain to the case such as a notice to appear or bail bond paperwork.
Once we receive the retainer agreement we will open a file and commence work on the case. The first step is to schedule the Court date, we will usually go to Court for you on that day and protect your rights by entering a not guilty plea or continue the arraignment to work out a resolution with the prosecution. The case will likely proceed to another Court date where the lawyer will also show up and dispose of the case either by way of a dismissal or a negotiated disposition.
The purpose of hiring a law firm in these cases is to resolve the case to avoid a conviction for a misdemeanor which may haunt you for a long time. Our goal is to get the charges dismissed so that you or your loved one does not need to suffer the stigma of a criminal record.
Most public intoxication cases in Manhattan Beach can be dismissed upon the satisfactory completion of certain conditions such as attendance in AA or payment of booking fees to the city.