Los Angeles & Ventura County Criminal Defense Attorney
FIRST TIME OFFENDERS

Attorney Jennifer Monroe has over 15 years experience in criminal law and understands that first time offenders are afraid of the criminal process and don’t know what to expect in court. Jennifer Monroe takes strives to explain the process to you and explain what minimum and maximum consequences you are facing as a first time offender. Jennifer Monroe encourages her clients to ask lots of questions and is available day or night to help you. Jennifer Monroe’s goal for first time offenders is to get you out of the criminal systems as quickly and painlessly as possible and to protect your criminal record as much as possible.

This is my first offense, will they file charges or dismiss my case?
This is a very common question you may have after being arrested or charged with your first criminal case. Criminal charges are not declined or rejected and cases are not dismissed because it is someone’s first offense. Charges are only declined or rejected if the prosecutor cannot prove the elements of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. Cases are only dismissed if after filing of the charges the prosecutor learns of new information that makes it unlikely they can prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt or if there are mitigating factors that justify your case being dismissed in the interest of justice. Jennifer Monroe will meet with you to review your case and your background. She will also:

  • Fight to protect your rights.
  • Research the defenses that apply to your case.
  • Initiate investigation to prove you are innocent.
  • Review the facts with you to determine if a lesser charge is appropriate. 
  • Present mitigating factors about you, such as the fact you are a first time offender.
  • Present mitigating factors about your case to the judge and prosecutor.
  • Negotiate the best possible result for your case.

How does being a first time offender help me in court?
In certain cases punishments and charges increase based on your prior record. Your status as a first time offender helps your attorney negotiate minimum punishments and reduced charges on your behalf.

For example your first theft offense is a misdemeanor, but your second theft offense can be treated as a felony. In regards to DUI’s, the mandatory jail requirements increase with every DUI conviction you obtain. Also, if you have a felony strike on your record your punishment is increased when you comment subsequent felonies.

As a first time offender, you may be eligible for an office hearing, dismissal, or lesser charge that qualifies you for diversion or other jail alternative. Contact Jennifer Monroe for more information about how she can help you.

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Los Angeles and Ventura County Assault and Battery Defense Attorney
Call Jennifer Monroe directly at (805) 501-1880 for immediate assistance with your assault and battery case.

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