Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Modesto

Navigating the Criminal Justice System

If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, you should know that your legal rights have been seriously compromised. The police have tremendous power in this situation; you need a trained professional to help you navigate the legal system. 

At the Law Offices of Richard A. Meyer, we have been helping people just like you for more than 21 years. We have extensive trial experience, and we are committed to fighting tirelessly for our clients' rights. If you are facing criminal charges, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible.

To schedule your free initial consultation with a skilled and compassionate criminal defense attorney in Modesto, contact us online or call us at (833) 999-3179 today. Se habla español.

What Happens in a Criminal Case?

If you have been arrested or are under investigation, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do. You may not know your rights, and you may not know what to expect when navigating the criminal justice system. 

We can help. 

At the Law Offices of Richard A. Meyer, we can explain what will happen if you are charged and what you can expect if you are convicted. We can tell you about the different types of defenses that may be available in your case. We can also tell you about the possible penalties you face and help you explore the possibilities for plea bargaining.

The following is a brief overview of how an arrest may happen, your rights, and what to expect from the legal process: 

  • The police can stop and detain you if they have reasonable suspicion that you are involved in a crime. They can pat you down and search your belongings if they have probable cause to believe you are in possession of a weapon or illegal drugs. However, the police cannot search your possessions or property without your consent if they do not have a signed warrant. 
  • If you are arrested, you must be read your Miranda rights. You have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint one for you. We strongly urge you to remain silent—do not try to explain or defend yourself, and do not answer any questions other than identifying yourself to the arresting officer(s) without first speaking to an attorney. 
  • If you are stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), you are required to comply with a breathalyzer or other form of chemical testing. Under the state’s implied consent laws, you are not legally permitted to refuse a chemical test. However, if you do refuse a breathalyzer and/or other chemical testing, your driver’s license will be automatically suspended, but the prosecution will not have physical evidence that you were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (unless they obtain a valid search warrant). 
  • You have the right to a trial by jury, no matter the type of crime you are charged with or the nature of the alleged offense. You also have the right to be treated fairly under the law, including the right to receive a speedy trial. 
  • The penalties you face depend on the type of crime you are charged with, as well as the presence of any aggravating factors. In general, if you are charged with a misdemeanor, you can face up to six months or more in jail. If you are charged with a felony, you can face up to four years or more in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. 
  • Once you have hired or been appointed an attorney, your attorney will work to develop a defense on your behalf. Depending on the circumstances of your case, your attorney may seek to have your charges dropped, or they may seek reduced charges and/or penalties. Your attorney may work to challenge or suppress evidence, examine the prosecution’s case for holes, and use all available resources to build a powerful defense on your behalf. 

You may be required to appear in court; however, at the Law Offices of Richard A. Meyer, we strive to appear in court on behalf of our clients whenever possible to minimize disruption to their lives. The criminal justice system can be complex and overwhelming, but our Modesto criminal defense lawyer can help you understand what to expect every step of the way. 

See What Our Clients Have to Say
"He puts you at ease about the situation and tells you what to expect."

Richard helped me with my court case. I didn’t even have to show up to the hearing, he handled everything for me during a stressful time.

- Terry N.

Types of Criminal Cases We Handle

We have handled thousands of cases and are ready to help you no matter what type of charges you are facing. At the Law Offices of Richard A. Meyer, we are prepared to stand up for your rights and help you fight for your freedom.

We can represent you if you are facing charges for:

Note: If you have been arrested for DUI, you only have 10 days to request an administrative hearing to stop the automatic suspension of your driver’s license. If you fail to request a hearing within 10 days, your driver’s license will be suspended for at least one year, in addition to other possible criminal and administrative penalties. 

No matter the charges you are facing, it is important that you act fast. The prosecution is likely already building its case against you; you need a legal team by your side that can protect your rights and look out for your best interests. Do not delay—contact the Law Offices of Richard A. Meyer today for a free and confidential consultation.

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Choose a Skilled Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are facing criminal charges, you need a skilled attorney who understands the system and can help you navigate it. Attorney Richard A. Meyer brings more than 21 years of experience to his practice, along with a notable track record of success. He and the entire team at the Law Offices of Richard A. Meyer can help you fight for your rights.

Don’t let an arrest or accusation ruin your life—contact our firm today to learn how our Modesto criminal defense lawyer can help you protect your freedom, your reputation, and your future. We offer free consultations, in person or virtually for your convenience. Our staff can assist you in both English and Spanish (se habla español). 

Call (833) 999-3179 or contact us online today for a free consultation. 

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