in Los Angeles and Ventura County
The Prosecutor and Judge are not on your side. They each have their own agendas. Their agendas do not include what is best for you.
If you are charged or suspected of a crime you need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney who is on your side, looking out for what is best for you, and knows:
- How to Protect Your Rights
- How to conduct a Pre-Filing Investigation
- Criminal Law, and what the prosecutor has to prove
- Your Defenses
- Criminal Procedure, and what rules of court apply
- How to navigate the stages of prosecution
- When to file the proper motions
- How to evaluate your case and the evidence against you
- How to conduct a defense investigation
- How to spot the weakness in the prosecutionâ€™s case
- How to negotiate the best outcome for you that could include Diversion or a Jail Alternative
Attorney Jennifer Monroe is an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you with your criminal defense case in Los Angeles and Ventura County.
Beware of people who tell you not to hire a lawyer
Hiring a lawyer is a personal decision and will depend on whether you can afford private representation or have to apply for the public defender. However, beware of people or attorneys who tell you not to hire a lawyer.
For example, an 18 year old with no prior record received a citation to appear at Santa Clarita Courthouse in Los Angeles County by police for a misdemeanor violation of Penal Code section 417 pc, for Exhibiting a Replica Firearm. (LASC Case #2NW01808) He pointed an air soft gun at another vehicle on the 5 freeway. His family consulted with other lawyers before me who told them he didn’t need a lawyer and that the District Attorney would probably just drop the case because it was not a big deal and he didn’t have a prior record. After I heard the facts of the case I informed the family that there was no way that the District Attorney would just drop the case and that he was facing a minimum of 30 days in county jail. The family retained me and I immediately went to work researching alternative charges to avoid the 30 days in jail and built a case in mitigation. At the arraignment he was offered two misdemeanors, 30 days in jail and 30 days of community labor. I was prepared with an alternative Los Angeles County Code section that did not require the 30 days of jail and met with the Supervising District Attorney. I presented the alternative charge and the case in mitigation I worked up. I successfully negotiated the reduced charge and no jail time. The alternative code section also looks better on his record than a Penal Code violation and is eligible to be further reduced to an infraction and dismissed.
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