Law Office of Russell Brown
Law Office of Russell Brown

Law Office of Russell Brown

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    Contact Attorney Russell Brown Today!

    Don’t wait! We know it can be stressful to contact an attorney. We are here to help ease that stress and guide you through the process of defending against criminal charges.

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    Criminal Law ABCs

    Learn the basics of criminal law.

    What is Criminal Law?

    Criminal law is the body of law that defines criminal offenses, regulates the apprehension, charging, and trial of suspected persons, and fixes penalties and modes of treatment applicable to convicted offenders.


    Your Constitutional Rights

    • 4th Amendment right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure;
    • 5th Amendment rights to remain silent, to due process, and ban on double jeopardy;
    • 6th Amendment rights to a speedy public trial, to an impartial jury, to notice of the charges, to confront witnesses, and to be represented by an attorney.*

    *there is no right to jury trial in infraction cases.


    Criminal Defense Strategies

    Attack the Validity of the Charges

    A technical defect can weaken the prosecution’s case and sometimes results in dismissal. Examples include illegal searches and interrogations, mis-calibrated equipment, police misconduct, and destruction of exculpatory evidence.

    Make a Plea Deal

    Typically the prosecution will offer a plea deal to resolve a criminal case. Under the terms of a plea deal, the defendant waives the right to trial and pleads guilty, no contest, or agrees to complete a pre-plea diversion.

    Prepare for Trial

    If the defendant does not enter into a plea deal with the prosecutor, and the case is not dismissed on procedural grounds, the judge usually sets a trial date. The defendant has a constitutional right to a trial and cannot be punished for exercising this right. However, due to the risks and costs of trial, most criminal cases are resolved with a plea deal.


    Due Process Rights

    The defendant is innocent until:

    • Proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt; OR
    • Pleads guilty or no contest.

    In addition, the defendant has the following rights:


    1. Right to a Court or Jury Trial that is speedy and public. You have the right to 12 impartial jurors chosen from the community.
    2. Right to an Attorney of your choice to represent you in misdemeanor and felony criminal proceedings. If you cannot afford an attorney, the Court will appoint an attorney to represent you at little or no cost.
    3. Right to Confront and Cross-examine Witnesses. The prosecution must bring witnesses to court to testify under oath.
    4. Right to Remain Silent and not testify in court. Your silence cannot be used as evidence against you.
    5. Right to Produce Evidence and Present a Defense. You have the right to subpoena witnesses and to testify under oath.


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    How to Select a Criminal Law Attorney

    Finding a hard-working, trustworthy criminal law attorney can be difficult. The best idea is to select a lawyer whose legal knowledge, effort, communication, and ability to work with others are the best fit for accomplishing your goals.


    Charges and Maximum Penalties

    In general, the maximum punishment for a felony is 16 months, or two or three years in state prison. The maximum punishment for a misdemeanor is six months in county jail and/or $1,000 fine.

    *Many misdemeanors and felonies have greater punishments.

    Additional Punishments

    DUI, domestic violence, and other charges have additional penalties, including classes, fees, and probation.

    Court Orders

    A judge can also issue personal conduct orders, including orders to stay away from certain people or places (restraining order). A judge can order that you abstain from alcohol, attend AA meetings, or get counseling for anger management.

    The Law Office of Russell Brown is licensed to practice criminal law in California.

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    What is a Criminal Attorney?

    A criminal attorney is a lawyer who represents defendants in criminal cases.


    What Services Does a Criminal Attorney Offer?

    Typically a criminal attorney will provide the following services:

    Appear in Court.
    Obtain favorable evidence.
    Analyze the prosecution’s case.

    Update the defendant on the case.
    Attempt to resolve your case before trial.
    File pre-trial motions to attack evidentiary flaws.


    Why Should I Chose the Law Office of Russell Brown?

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    CUSTOM-DESIGNED CRIMINAL DEFENSE

    Whether your goal is staying out of jail, reduction or dismissal of the charges, or minimizing the applicable fines and fees, we will custom-design a criminal defense strategy to meet your needs.


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    A GOOD CRIMINAL ATTORNEY SHOULD NOT OVER-CHARGE FOR SIMPLE MATTERS

    We keep our fees as affordable as possible for our clients. We offer payment plans and can adjust our fees based on the facts of your case and your goals. Our office operates with a low overhead and we pass that savings on to our clients.


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    EVERY CLIENT DESERVES A HIGH QUALITY CRIMINAL ATTORNEY

    We have a 5-star rating from past clients on Google and Yelp. We aim to provide every client with the highest quality criminal defense services.


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    4th Amendment right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure

    5th Amendment right to remain silent, due process, double jeopardy

    6th Amendment right to speedy public trial, notice of charges, cross-examine witnesses, right to an attorney

    Attack Procedural Flaws where law enforcement or prosecutor failed to follow the required procedures

    Make a Plea Deal with the prosecutor to resolve the case

    Go To Trial and have a jury determine whether you are guilty or innocent

    Arrest Record – seal law enforcement’s record of your arrest

    Conviction – dismiss a prior conviction by statute

    Court Record – seal the court’s file from your case

    Pardon – ask the Governor to overturn your conviction


    The Law Office of Russell Brown is a licensed criminal attorney in California.