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A criminal conviction can limit your freedom and opportunities, which can affect you and your family for years to come. Depending on the severity of an alleged crime, a conviction can carry serious consequences that can include a potential prison sentence and/or severe financial penalties. Additionally, you may become ineligible for government assisted housing, food share programs and education grants. Even if you are innocent of the charges, it is often difficult to fight against determined prosecutors and clear your name. If you are facing criminal charges, then choosing the right defense attorney can be the most important decision you ever make.

You deserve the best in legal representation. The lawyers at the Law Offices of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich are prepared to work with you to provide the best defense possible against whatever charges you may be facing. Criminal defense attorney Nick Cvietkovich has handled more than 4,000 cases in his career. Each of these contributed to his understanding of legal defense strategies and his commitment to excellence. For over a decade, our team has been practicing criminal defense, bringing fair and just representation in the Bay Area.

What Are Common Types of Criminal Charges?

Law enforcement departments have expansive resources. Police and prosecutors may try to intimidate you and prove your guilt with every tool at their disposal. When faced with such odds, it is important to have the extra protection of an attorney. Our team has experience bringing immediate and favorable resolutions for a wide range of criminal charges, like:

  • Drug crimes
    “Drug crimes: include possession, use and distribution of a controlled substances. These cases can range from misdemeanors to multiple felonies. Often, law enforcement may try to bump up charges on misdemeanor drug crimes. For example, you could face charges with intent to deliver a controlled substance if you have multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia in your possession.
  • Theft crimes
    Theft crimes include unlawfully taking any intellectual or physical property. California recognizes four methods for committing theft: larceny, fraud, trick and embezzlement. Examples of theft crimes include: shoplifting, robbery, burglary, price switching and stealing unattended property.
  • Weapons offenses
    Possession of unregistered firearms and concealed carry violations are examples of weapon offenses. Many of these crimes, even misdemeanors, carry a 10-year ban on possession of a firearm. If law enforcement charges you with carrying a gun legally, but while in possession of illegal substances, then you could face stiff penalties and jail time.
  • Sex crimes
    Rape, sexual assault, internet-related sex crimes, and child pornography carry long periods of incarceration. Only under very rare circumstances does California lift registration for sex offenders, making sex crimes extremely stigmatizing. Merely being accused of a sex crime can harm your future.
  • White collar crimes
    Bribery, fraud, embezzlement, copyright infringement and money laundering are considered white collar crimes. These cases require extensive knowledge of criminal law; history shows these criminal cases will usually have both a civil and regulatory or administrative case.

What Other Criminal Laws Should I Know About?

When you call the Law Offices of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich, we will guide you through every option that California law makes available for your defense. We have handled a wide range of criminal cases in both state and federal courts. At no cost to you, our knowledgeable team is ready to answer your questions you may have regarding:

  • DUI Law
    California has an implied consent law that requires all drivers arrested for DUI to submit to chemical testing. This is usually a blood test or breathalyzer. If you have been arrested for a DUI, then call us immediately. An experienced DUI attorney may be able to save you from serious consequences.
  • California Three Strikes Law
    Every violent felony-degree crime counts as a “strike” in your record. After three convictions for violent felonies, then the state of California can send you to prison for life. This is the Three Strikes Law. Therefore, reducing the degree of the charges against you is paramount.
  • Juvenile Crimes
    Juvenile crimes usually involve drinking crimes, petty theft and vandalism. Generally, California criminal courts considers minors 13 years or younger to be juveniles. Usually, you can expunge juvenile convictions from your record once you turn 18. However, this does not mean that juvenile charges are not serious. Additionally, children as young as 10 have been tried as adults in the state of California.

Arrested? Call Our Bay Area Criminal Defense Attorney

We care about defending the accused. No matter the charges you face, call the Law Offices of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich for help. As an experienced criminal defense firm, we know that accurate information is the key to your defense. Our team can carefully investigate your case to find any and all potential evidence to help your case. We will interview all involved parties, including law enforcement, and arrange for the testimony of witness on your behalf whenever possible and appropriate. We can negotiate with prosecutors to provide you with immediate options for reducing or eliminating your charges and penalties.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime in the Bay Area, then it is imperative that you act now. Contact the Law Offices of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich to schedule a free consultation. Otherwise, call 408-898-9653 today so we can start building the smart and affordable defense you deserve. Spanish-speaking team members are also available.

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