Criminal law is our specialty. We represent clients on any criminal charges.
Our office advises non-citizens on the best course of action to avoid deportation or removal.
Our attorneys can negotiate the length and conditions of probation. We also help with early termination and expungement.
Types of Criminal Law Cases
Landheer Law defends all types of criminal law cases, including felonies and misdemeanors. Felonies are serious charges such as sex crimes, drug charges, violent crimes, including domestic violence, assault and battery, and gang offenses.
A past criminal conviction or guilty/no contest plea can result in deportation. You may be able to withdraw your guilty plea if you did not know you could be deported. This can happen when there is no translator at the sentencing hearing or your attorney gives bad immigration advice.
A conviction for driving under the influence can result in your driver’s license being suspended or revoked. A DUI conviction also includes fines, Zona Seca classes, and increased insurance costs. You may have to appear in court, spend time in jail, and pay attorney fees.
In California, it is a crime to transport, manufacture, possess, or sell opiates, hallucinogens, marijuana, depressants, amphetamines and many other drugs. A valid physician’s prescription is a defense to transportation, sale, and possession charges. A physician’s recommendation for medical marijuana is a valid defense to marijuana charges
The punishment for sexual assault and other sex crimes includes jail time and registration as a sex offender. Being charged with a sex crime can also cause damage your reputation and ability to obtain a job. We are here to help our clients through this challenging situation.
The juvenile court deals with children under the age of 18 accused of committing a crime. Children awaiting trial in juvenile court remain in the Santa Maria Juvenile Hall or live with their parents under conditions.
Misdemeanors are offenses that are punishable by no more than 6 months in jail and/or a fine of over $1,000. One example is driving under the influence, which can result in suspended driver’s license. Other misdemeanors include property crimes and disorderly conduct.
Infractions are crimes that are not punishable by imprisonment. Traffic violations, and drinking in public are examples of infractions. Failure to appear in court or pay a fine can result in further criminal charges and warrant being issued for your arrest.