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Salinas Criminal Defense Attorney

Serving Monterey & the Surrounding Counties

Being charged with a crime is always serious, but it is important to remember that you do have rights and no situation is ever without hope. Without professional help, you may not be aware of specific proof requirements that the government must meet for a particular charge or enhancement, or some of the less known and fact-specific defenses that may apply to your situation. An ill-advised plea could cost you your freedom, your professional license, or even legal status in this country.

For these reasons, if you or your loved one are facing criminal accusations, it’s critical that you enlist the assistance of a skilled criminal defense attorney. At Law Offices of William V. Pernik, we focus our practice on all aspects of criminal defense and excel in coming up with creative and effective solutions to some of the most complex problems. Whether you have been accused of domestic violence, arrested for DUI, or have been charged with a sexual offense, gang crime, or homicide, our team of dedicated defense attorneys will know how to help you.

Browse our list of the various types of criminal defense cases we handle in the menu to the right and get in contact with our firm to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation today.

Charged with a crime in Salinas or throughout Carmel, Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito, or the surrounding counties? Reach out to us at (831) 273-3152 today to find out how we can help.

What Do Criminal Defense Lawyers Do?

A criminal defense attorney represents individuals or entities facing criminal charges. Their role in criminal cases is to defend their client against serious accusations and protect their rights under the law.

The following are several responsibilities of a criminal defense lawyer in a criminal case:

  • A defense attorney will investigate the charges and evidence against their client. They will review police reports, interview witnesses, and collect evidence to build a strong defense strategy.

  • A defense lawyer will explain the client’s legal rights and options, address the charges and potential consequences, and provide guidance on how to plead.

  • If a plea bargain is offered by the prosecution, an attorney will negotiate the terms with the prosecutor, with the aim of securing the best possible result for their client.

  • A lawyer will represent their client at trial, argue on their behalf, and present evidence to challenge the prosecution's case.

Why Trust Your Case to Law Offices of William V. Pernik?

For those who never had to go through it before, and for many who have, the criminal justice system can be incredibly daunting. It is often punitive, dehumanizing, and impersonal, and it can seriously damage or destroy you, if not handled with caution.

At Law Offices of William V. Pernik, we offer our clients:

  • Our personal commitment to providing you with top quality legal representation
  • A proven track record of favorable results in negotiations and courtroom proceedings
  • Personalized representation and guidance tailored to your specific goals
  • A research-based approach to your case, as well as access to extensive resources
  • Open, honest communication and convenient after-hours appointments
  • Free and confidential case evaluations to discuss your unique situation
  • Legal services provided in English and/or Spanish (se habla español)

    We regularly handle difficult and emotionally charged cases, including those involving military veterans and individuals with mental health issues or substance abuse problems. Our Salinas criminal defense attorneys offer accurate and compassionate legal counsel – when you meet with us, you can be sure that we will always take the time to show you respect and hear your story.

    Contact Our Firm for a Free Consultation

    To discuss your case with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys, contact our firm as soon as possible. In many criminal cases, time is critical because important defense evidence may get lost, or witnesses may change their minds under pressure from the government, or even disappear. If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a crime, don’t wait to seek legal counsel until it is too late. Call us today to find out how we can help.

    Schedule a free initial consultation with us today; call (831) 273-3152 to get started.

    Commonly Asked Questions

    How can a criminal defense attorney from your firm assist me if I'm facing charges in Monterey County?

    If you're facing criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney from our firm can assist you by investigating the charges and evidence, explaining your legal rights and options, negotiating plea bargains, and representing you at trial to challenge the prosecution's case. Our goal is to protect your rights and secure the best possible outcome for your situation.

    What should I do if I or a loved one has been arrested?

    If you or a loved one has been arrested, it's crucial to seek legal counsel immediately. Contact the Law Offices of William V. Pernik as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation. Acting swiftly is essential as defense evidence may be lost over time, and witnesses may become unavailable or change their testimony.

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