Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are under investigation or charged with a crime, you need an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney to protect your future. Call attorney Ambrosio Rodriguez today at (213) 995-6767 for legal assistance.
With over 13 years of experience as a Senior Deputy District Attorney and 20 years of criminal law experience, Ambrosio E. Rodriguez understands what you are up against: “the system.” The government has unlimited resources to come after you.
As a former prosecutor, Mr. Rodriguez does not only know the system, he was the system. Mr. Rodriguez will aggressively represent you to achieve the best possible outcome. When you hire Mr. Rodriguez, you tip the scales of justice in your favor.
Contact our office today for a free consultation. Our team handles all criminal matters including Los Angeles domestic violence cases, drug crimes in Los Angeles, homicide, sex crimes, and more. We assist clients throughout L.A. County. We offer virtual consultations for your convenience. Call (213) 995-6767 for immediate assistance.
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Experienced Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer
Mr. Rodriguez prosecuted over 1,000 cases, including death penalty trials, during his 13 years as a prosecutor. He was the Trial Team Leader of the Sex Crimes Unit and in the Homicide Unit. He has also cross-examined hundreds of “experts” and is prepared to challenge any scientific evidence presented by the prosecution in their case against you. He will put his expertise of the criminal justice system to work for you so that you can get back to your life.
Beyond experience, Mr. Rodriguez brings a strong team to your defense comprised of experts, investigators, and associate attorneys. His team often conducts its own investigation, which includes questioning witnesses, examining the crime scene, and combing through the evidence to understand the situation and make sure the jury hears your side of the story.
Do not be intimidated by an aggressive prosecutor trying to scare you into accepting a plea deal. Instead, call a criminal lawyer in Los Angeles, California with a proven track record and experience in courthouses throughout to fight the charges.
Common Questions About Criminal Defense in Los Angeles, California
If you have been arrested or believe to be under investigation, it is critical that you call us immediately so we can start working on your case.
Can I Get Arrested If the Police Don’t Have a Warrant?
Yes. The police don’t need an arrest warrant to take you into custody or charge you with a crime. However, it’s easier to fight the legitimacy of an arrest if it was made without a warrant. Be sure to tell your criminal defense attorney everything you can remember about the arrest to help lay the groundwork for a motion to dismiss the charges against you.
Can the Police Conduct a Warrantless Search?
Generally speaking, the answer is “no.” However, there are exceptions – like when an officer has reasonable suspicion or believes there are certain extenuating circumstances (e.g., a present threat of violence or that evidence will be destroyed if a search is delayed) or if something is in “plain view.” Officers can also conduct a search if you provide consent. Absent any of these things, however, a search must be supported by a warrant. A warrantless search can lead to a dismissal of the charges against you or, at the very least, devastate the state’s case by leaving the prosecution without evidence.
I Wasn’t Read My Miranda Rights. Can My Case Be Dismissed?
The police must absolutely read you your rights before you are taken into custody and questioned. If you’re interrogated without being “Mirandized,” that’s a serious violation of your Constitutional rights – and grounds for having the charges against you dismissed. A skilled attorney will work hard to make that happen.
Do I Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer If I’m Innocent?
It certainly helps to have an attorney represent you, regardless of whether or not you’re guilty of a crime. Hiring a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles can help to ensure that your rights are respected and decrease the odds of getting convicted for a crime you didn’t commit. Remember, state and federal prosecutors have tons of experience trying criminal cases. The best way to protect yourself is to have a skilled attorney in your corner, too.
Is It Worth it to Hire a Lawyer If I’m Guilty?
Absolutely. Even if you are guilty of a crime, there are a lot of factors at play that can influence a criminal case. With an attorney represents you, it can potentially reduce the level of the charge(s) you face (misdemeanor vs. felony), set the stage for favorable plea negotiations, and help you minimize the penalties that might be included in your sentence if convicted. Remember, the state has to prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt – which is much tougher to do when an attorney is fighting them every step of the way.
What About a Public Defender? Do I Really Need to Hire a Private Attorney?
It’s true that an attorney can be appointed to defend you. However, public defenders in Los Angeles tend to be overworked and are often navigating several criminal cases at once. This means that your case might not get the time and attention it really needs. And, if you’re facing charges for a sex crime, domestic violence, or federal offense, it’s likely that the state-appointed lawyer won’t have the in-depth experience and expertise that’s required to give you a well-rounded and comprehensive defense. Hiring a private defense attorney can give you the edge you need to walk away with a successful outcome.
What is Bail?
If you’re arrested, there’s a chance that the state might hold in lieu of bail. This simply means that you (or a family member or bail bondsman) has to pay a certain amount of money to secure your release. It’s essentially collateral to ensure that you return for your hearings and court date. There are times when you might be released on your own recognizance or detained without bail, depending on your record and/or the charges you face.
What’s a Plea Bargain? Should I Accept a Deal?
A plea bargain is an offer extended to a defendant by the prosecution in a criminal case. Typically, the defendant agrees to plead guilty in exchange for a reduction in charges and/or reduced penalties. A plea bargain means that a guilty plea will be on the defendant’s permanent criminal record – so it is important to give a lot of thought as to whether or not to accept a deal. An attorney can help you weigh the pros and cons and figure out the best course of action for your particular case.
What’s the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?
Misdemeanors are crimes that are punishable by up to one year in county jail. Felonies, on the other hand, carry the possibility of considerably more time behind bars in a county jail or state prison – ranging from 16 months to three years to life. Crimes of a more serious nature – typically those that involve an act of violence or physical harm to another person – are often charged at the felony level, while less serious offenses are tried as misdemeanors. However, whether or not you have a criminal record can certainly affect what level charge you ultimately face.
Does California Have a “Three Strikes” Law?
Yes. Under the Golden State’s Three Strikes Law, serious felonies are classified as “strike” offenses. Every time you’re convicted of serious felony, you’ll get a strike on your record and face increasingly harsh penalties for subsequent crimes. For instance, let’s say you have two strikes on your record. When you’re charged with a third strike offense, you’ll automatically face 25 years to life in prison – regardless of what the penalty typically is for the underlying crime.
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Our criminal attorneys can help you wherever you are facing charges throughout Southern California. That includes Los Angeles County and Riverside County. If you have been arrested or are under investigation, it is critical that you contact a qualified criminal defense attorney near you to assist you in this time of crisis.
Experience You Can Trust
Los Angeles has thousands of criminal defense lawyers to choose from. Mr. Rodriguez sets himself apart from the rest because he will personally handle your case. He will not pass you off to his associate after completing the initial interview. By hiring The Rodriguez Law Group, you will receive the personal attention of an attorney with a proven track record. More importantly, you will receive the quality representation and respect that you deserve during this difficult time.
If you have been charged with a crime anywhere in Los Angeles, hiring a criminal defense attorney is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. A skilled lawyer can greatly increase the chances that the case will end as favorably as possible for the defense. The quality of representation will have long-term consequences for you and your family.
If you are seeking a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles, make sure you hire someone with the expertise and proven track record. Regardless of the crime, we are prepared to aggressively defend your legal rights.
Call our Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyers For Free Consultation
Choosing a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles can be a difficult process. To make the process easier, we offer a free consultation. Call today at (213) 204-4977 or fill out our free case evaluation form to see how we can assist you during this difficult time. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your criminal defense needs.
With over 20 years of experience, and 13 years experience as a Senior Deputy District Attorney, Ambrosio E. Rodriguez has the experience you need when you have been charged with a crime.
As a former prosecutor, Mr. Rodriguez handled thousands of cases, including domestic violence, sex crimes, and death penalty trials. When facing a possible criminal conviction, you owe it to yourself to hire a criminal defense attorney with a proven track record that will fight for you in court.
Mr. Rodriguez has unmatched trial court experience and will aggressively protect your liberty. See Mr. Rodriguez’s media appearances to learn more.