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Criminal Defense Attorney in Santa Rosa, California

Sonoma County Criminal & DUI Defense

At the Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig, P.C., we are by our client’s side for every step of the criminal defense process. Our attorney constantly communicates with clients to ensure that they understand their rights and what to expect as their case progresses. We are here for you around the clock.

Our Santa Rosa criminal defense and DUI attorney has skillfully defended thousands of clients, even garnering the Client Distinction Award for ethical, communicative service as well as selection for Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ 2015, 2016 and 2017. When your rights, liberty, and reputation are on the line, you can depend on our experienced advocate. We are ready to start your defense—contact us today!

  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2015
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  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2017
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  • AICLA - 10 Best Client Satisfaction 2015
  • Martindale Client Distinction Award

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The Criminal Defense Process What Happens After an Arrest?

Upon arrest, you should have been read your rights: your right to remain silent, and your right to an attorney.
It is crucial that you assert these rights immediately.

Within two court days of an arrest, the defendant will hear the charges against him or her in an arraignment. This is where you can enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest. Bail can also be increased or reduced at this hearing. If the case moves forward, it will move on to the discovery phase, where the defense attorney and the prosecutor share information. This is also the time when pre-trial motions can be filed. During this time, your attorney may be able to request that certain evidence is thrown out from the case because an arrest or search was invalid. It may also be possible that your lawyer could negotiate a plea deal with the prosecutor, where you plead guilty in exchange for a lesser charge or reduced penalties. If you can’t reach a plea bargain or case dismissal, however, then your case could move on to a trial. At the Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig, P.C., we are ready to advocate for your rights and guide you through the process.

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