If you are looking at prison time or a criminal penalty, it is extremely important to hire a criminal defense lawyer. The legal system is designed and biased so that representing yourself in a criminal trial and expecting a good result is almost impossible.
If you are facing a criminal charge, no matter how minor, you should talk to a defense attorney to fully understand your case. A consultation with an experienced attorney will help you to understand the charges placed against you, the defenses available, what if any plea bargains may be offered to you, and what you should do if you are convicted.
Criminal defense attorneys represent people who have a lawsuit filed against them or are charged with criminal conduct. We focus our practice on criminal defense in the Fresno area, so we often know the prosecutors involved, can get negotiations concessions that other attorneys may not have access to.