Criminal Defense FAQ
Our Santa Rosa Criminal Lawyer Explains
Over the years, our legal team has acquired a wealth of knowledge about
the process of defending client's rights. We understand that you may
have many questions and concerns if you are being charged with a crime
and our team is here to offer you legal advice. Read the section below
to get more helpful information!
Do I have to let law enforcement search my home or car?
You are not obligated to submit to a police search of your home or car.
It is usually best to politely refuse any attempt to search your things,
unless they have a valid warrant. Police may attempt to intimidate you
by detaining you until they can obtain a search warrant. Police may try
to search your home or car if they believe they have probable cause that you have
committed a crime or are hiding something. If you feel law enforcement conducted a search
illegally, call The law Office of Joe Bisbiglia today.
Will I be arrested for refusing to give police a statement?
Exercising you right to silence cannot be used against you. You are protected
from testifying against yourself by the Fifth Amendment. If a police officer
is trying to intimidate you into giving a statement, get in touch with
a criminal defense attorney immediately.
What is a grand jury?
Grand juries are made up of individuals used to determine if enough evidence
exists in order to take a case to trial. A grand jury will use witness
testimony, documentation, and other evidence in reaching its determination.
The grand jury will decide whether the case will go to trial in the end.
How does the prosecution determine the charges I will face?
The prosecution will look to convict you on charges they feel have sufficient
evidence for a conviction. A case will typically be dropped if the prosecution
feels that there is not enough evidence to reach a conviction. What constitutes
enough evidence to the prosecutor is up to their discretion.
What is the difference between probation and parole?
Parole takes place after a person has spent time in prison, whereas probation
may be used as an actual alternative criminal sentence. Parole is usually
used to monitor a person who has been released from jail. Probation is
a criminal sentence for those convicted of lesser offenses.
I am innocent—do I still need a criminal defense attorney?
Yes! If you have been arrested there is a chance you may be convicted,
even if you truly did nothing wrong. Having a Santa Rosa criminal defense
attorney from The Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia on your side can aggressively
fight to protect you from false charges. An experienced attorney can make
all the difference when standing up for you so your choice of representation
is a very important one.
Compassionate Legal Counsel in Santa Rosa & Surrounding Areas
If you have been charged with any of the crimes described above, call us
today. Our Santa Rosa criminal lawyer is compassionate towards our clients
and we have more than a decade of experience! We prepare every case as
if it was going to trial. Our firm offers a phone consultation where we
can discuss your case and your legal options.
Call our firm today if you are ready to start building your defense!