4 Questions to Ask a California Criminal Defense Attorney

Criminal charges in California can be frightening and may carry harsh sentences for those convicted. Lengthy jail terms, expensive fines, and other severe consequences may substantially impact your freedom, reputation, and future. With so much at stake, you will need a skilled criminal defense attorney with the credentials and expertise to defend your rights. However, not every attorney will be the right fit for you and your case. Asking about your attorney’s experience, the cases they handle, and their expectations about your involvement can help you choose the right criminal defense lawyer to represent you. 

The quality and experience of a criminal defense lawyer could give you the best chance to fight the charges against you. At Bernal Law, our lead attorney, Pedro Bernal, is fluent in English and Spanish and is ready to answer any questions you may have. We aim to put your mind at ease as we handle every aspect of your case and fight aggressively for the best possible outcome on your behalf. 

4 Questions to Ask Your Criminal Defense Attorney

Before retaining a criminal defense attorney, consider asking them the following questions:

How Long Have You Practiced Criminal Law?

An attorney with extensive experience will understand your case’s complexities and anticipate the prosecutor’s strategies. This expertise can help them guide you through every phase of the legal process and craft a strong defense strategy for your case.

Attorney Pedro Bernal worked as a prosecutor for over a decade, handling intricate federal crimes before founding Bernal Law in 2016. He is intimately familiar with the prosecution’s tactics and can use his exceptional perspective to aid your success. 

What Type of Cases Do You Handle?

When looking for the best attorney for you, you must hire someone with a proven track record handling the charges you face. At Bernal Law, we are adept at handling the following cases:

This is not an exhaustive list, and there may be other cases we can assist you with. Do not hesitate to call our office to schedule a consultation and discuss your case with a seasoned legal professional. 

What Are the Possible Outcomes of My Charges?

While no attorney can guarantee the results of your case, they should be able to offer you specific guidance and counsel. An experienced criminal defense attorney can evaluate your situation and provide their honest insight into possible outcomes for your case. A trustworthy attorney will be truthful about the following outcomes:

  • Potential consequences if convicted
  • The sentencing options in your case
  • The likelihood of a favorable plea agreement
  • The options you have to avoid a trial

A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can analyze your case and prepare you for both the best- and worst-case scenarios.

How Can I Assist With My Case?

Because you and your attorney will fight your charges as a team, it is essential to understand what is expected of you as your case progresses. An experienced attorney should be able to share the following information with you:

  • The type of information and documentation they may need from you
  • Who to avoid talking to, including witnesses and police officers, without your attorney
  • Whether undergoing rehabilitation or enrolling in other programs may help the outcome of your case

Understanding your role will not only help the success of your claim but also can help you determine if the attorney is a good fit for your needs.  

Contact a Trusted San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer at Bernal Law

Retaining a skilled attorney from Bernal Law can substantially improve your chances of a favorable outcome for your case. Attorney Bernal has a wealth of experience practicing and prosecuting criminal law in California and understands what it takes to help clients fight their charges. We have an established history of success and are ready to apply our expertise and skills to your unique case. 

To schedule a free consultation with a trusted attorney, call us today at (619) 736-9092 or complete our online contact form.

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