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Criminal Defense

Southern California Criminal Defense Lawyers

Seasoned Counsel from Trusted Attorneys in San Bernardino, Palm Springs, San Diego,Banning, Blythe, El Centro, Indio, Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga and surrounding areas.

Being charged with a crime is a stressful experience. The possibility of a conviction that leads to strict legal penalties, expensive fines, and damage to one’s reputation is difficult to deal with. In addition to these negative consequences, simply navigating the complicated legal process of a criminal investigation can be overwhelming. The best way to meet the challenges posed by a criminal proceeding against you is to invest in an excellent defense attorney who will walk with you through the court process and vigorously advocate on your behalf.

Since 1991, Southwest Legal has represented people dealing with the stress and uncertainty of criminal arrests, investigations, and charges. As Banning criminal defense attorneys with decades of experience, we understand what it takes to successfully represent a client’s interests at any stage of their case. We can effectively navigate the system like no one else can, proving that pleading guilty is not the only option. Even when the odds seem stacked against you, a compelling case can be built that asserts your rights and shares your side of the story.

Find out how our firm can help you. Call (951) 425-4332 for a confidential consultation.

Client Testimonials

  • "After I spoke with him, I appreciated his straightforward no-nonsense approach and hired him."
    Thomas W.
  • "I hope I never get a ticket ever again but if I do Southwest Legal will be the first person I call."
    Charles W.
  • "Southwest Legal took care of it, got the hold off my license since the car is registered to me and got the citation dismissed."
    Robert G.

Serving Banning, Blythe, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, San Diego, El Centro, Indio, Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga and Surrounding Areas

Southwest Legal takes on all types of criminal cases in Southern California from our offices in Banning, San Diego, San Bernardino, and Indio. This includes assault and battery, domestic violence, drug crimes, gun crimes, hit and run, theft, probation violations, and DUI. We also help drivers fight traffic tickets, from CDL violations to speeding. Or, if you have a past conviction, our attorneys can assist you with record clearing. We provide trusted counsel for misdemeanor and felony offenses alike.

What is a Defense Attorney?

A criminal defense attorney is a lawyer who specializes in representing individuals, businesses, and organizations accused of committing a crime. Their job is to provide clients with legal advice and prepare legal strategies in order to obtain the best possible outcome for their clients.

The role of the criminal defense attorney is to protect the rights of their client, challenge evidence presented by prosecutors, investigate facts related to the case, negotiate deals with prosecutors, help craft plea agreements, and represent their client in court if necessary. A criminal defense attorney can also work to reduce or eliminate sentences that could be imposed on their client as part of a conviction. 

Here are a few of the many benefits of hiring a criminal defense lawyer after an arrest:

  • Knowledge of Laws and Court System: A criminal defense attorney will be familiar with the local laws governing your case and the procedures for navigating the court hearing process. This knowledge could prove essential in helping you reach a favorable outcome in your case. 
  • Skilled Negotiator: An experienced criminal defense lawyer will have established relationships with prosecutors, judges, and other officials involved in your case, which allows them to negotiate a favorable plea bargain, which could result in reduced penalties or even dismissal of the entire case. Furthermore, they will be familiar with the prosecutors’ strategies and tactics and can anticipate their moves in order to develop effective countermeasures.
  • Access to Resources: An attorney will have access to experts, investigators, and other resources that may be required for your defense. For example, an attorney may hire a private investigator to uncover evidence or enlist the services of an expert witness who can testify on your behalf. 
  • Avoid Making Mistakes: A criminal defense lawyer has experience in dealing with these types of cases and can help you avoid making mistakes that could damage your case or put you at risk of conviction. They can also provide advice on how best to present yourself during court proceedings so as not to jeopardize your defense. 

Ultimately, they strive to ensure that justice is served while looking out for the best interests of their client. By working closely with an experienced criminal defense attorney, individuals facing criminal charges can ensure that their rights and interests are being represented.

Involve a Southern CAlifornia Criminal Defense Attorney Now

Timing is everything with criminal cases. Whether you’ve already been taken into custody or have just discovered that you are under investigation for a suspected crime, you need to move quickly and retain an attorney. Involving a Banning criminal defense lawyer early on in the process can make all the difference, even presenting the possibility of you avoiding formal charges altogether.

Unsure of where to start? The first step is to contact our firm for a consultation.

Our Awards & Associations

  • Avvo Rating
  • Who's Who - Top Attorneys of North America
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • California Bar
Our Values What Our Work Means
  • Trusted

    At Southwest Legal, we believe it is important for you to be able to trust that your legal representative will advocate on your behalf, defend and protect your rights.

  • Responsive

    We understand how important your case is and we make ourselves available 24/7 by telephone or e-mail to answer any questions you may have.

  • Professional

    Our Criminal Justice Attorneys have over half a century of combined experience defending those charged with DUI/DWI and other criminal offenses.

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