CRIMINAL

Criminal

Criminal Defense & Domestic Violence Lawyer

We serve Santa Clara & San Mateo counties, CA

Being arrested or cited for a criminal offense does not mean you are automatically convicted. You are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. To be convicted, the District Attorney must prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. That's a pretty high standard.

Ronald is a criminal attorney and knows how to find ways to help you get the charges reduced or dismissed and to get penalties minimized. Schedule a free consultation to evaluate your case and to formulate a defense strategy. Please call us if you need a criminal defense lawyer, DUI defense lawyer, domestic violence lawyer or a hit and run lawyer.

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Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is a very serious issue that the District Attorney does not take lightly. Domestic violence isn't just for men-- women get arrested, too. Domestic violence occurs with married couples, same-sex couples, boyfriend-girlfriend relationships, family members, and former relationships. 

If you've been arrested for domestic violence, you will be facing serious and long-lasting consequences, such as:
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- Jail or prison time
- 52 Weeks of domestic violence classes
- Restraining orders
- Probation conditions
- Loss of 2nd Amendment right to possess firearms
- Harsh fines, fees, and restitution
- Loss of your job, depending on the conditions of your position
If you are charged with domestic violence or if you are concerned about a domestic violence charge against your partner, talk with the Claw of Justice right away.
Petty Theft
In California, petty theft is the theft of any property with a value of $950 or less. Most petty thefts are charged as misdemeanors. Petty theft is a misdemeanor if the theft is a result of the shoplifting offense and the offender has no prior criminal record, or if the value of the stolen property is $950 or less.

A misdemeanor conviction for petty theft in California carries a sentence of up to six months in county jail, a fine of no more than $1,000, or both. (Cal. Pen. Code, § 490.) 
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But, if the property has a value of $50 or less, the prosecutor can charge the offense as an infraction, so long as the offender has had no other theft-related conviction. Petty theft charged as an infraction is punishable by a fine of no more than $250. Additional punishment can include stay away orders from the store where the theft occurred.

In Santa Clara County, first-time petty theft offenders can avoid a criminal record if they are eligible for the District Attorney's diversion program.
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