Defendants in criminal cases have everything on the line – their freedom, their way of life, even their families and relationships may hang in the balance. It doesn’t get more personal. Defense attorneys for large firms, however, may handle literally hundreds of cases at a time and their careers are based on averages, not outcomes for individual clients. At Rownaghi Law, every case is our most important case. When our clients need us, we’re there to help.
Criminal defense is our primary area of specialization, and we’re proud of our very low conviction rate and the overall success we have in terms of helping clients get the fair hearing their cases require. Rownaghi Law aggressively defends clients against allegations arising from improper police work and inadequate evidence, ensuring a truly fair and just trial. We cover the full range of criminal cases, including the areas described below.
Defendants who have been charged with drug-related crimes can be subjected to large fines, legal penalties, and long prison sentences. Under California law, there are two broadly defined categories of drug crimes: possession, and possession with the intent to sell. These charges can be broken down, but are not limited to, the following:
- Possession (including drug paraphernalia)
- Prescription fraud
- Marijuana crimes (illegal sale, past convictions, etc.)
The prosecution of drug offenses, in particular, has been rife with serious issues. Rownaghi Law is here to explore every avenue on behalf of our clients to ensure that they receive truly fair treatment and are not punished unjustly.
Domestic violence charges are brought upon a defendant when he or she is alleged to have threatened or committed physical violence against cohabitating members of a household. A domestic violence conviction often carries significant consequences:
- Jail time and probation.
- A permanent record of the conviction.
- Restraining order[s].
- Participation in various domestic violence recovery programs.
Even aside from the threat of incarceration or large fines, these consequences can be a significant and sometimes burden on the defendant, giving them a criminal record and preventing them from finding employment and perhaps even limiting where they may live. Rownaghi Law will work to ensure that accused individuals are given fair treatment by exploring cases and exposing issues which may indicate that the state, local, or federal government has failed to provide proof that a client is guilty as charged. In more complex cases where charges may have been exaggerated or distorted, the firm is also able to ensure that its clients obtain the most favorable outcome possible.
Violent Felonies (non-domestic)
Violent crimes as defined by law include a large number of felonies as well as alleged actions or attempts to murder, rape, or commit a robbery (as distinguished from burglary or other types of theft where the victim is not directly confronted). The consequences for violent felonies vary depending on the offense committed and a number of other factors, including the defendant’s criminal record, whether a weapon was involved, the degree of the victim’s injuries, and so on. Jail time, fines, and community service are not uncommon outcomes of violent felony convictions and all carry serious consequences and stigma.
These are obviously very serious charges and it is crucial for defendants to have the best legal counsel possible. Rowhaghi Law is able to look at the facts of the case and determine if the standard of evidence has been properly met and to assure clients a fair trial and the best feasible outcome.
The act of avoiding capture by police is regarded in itself as a felony. Individuals with outstanding warrants are likely to experience significant stress across all areas of their lives. Defendants who evade police need an attorney to give them strong options in order to receive a not-guilty verdict or minimal sentence. Moreover, those who want to clear up outstanding warrants on these charges to allow them to move forward with their lives are well-advised to seek out the experienced legal professionals at Rownaghi Law.
Expungements come in a number of forms. One is that, in the event that a convicted felon has successfully served a probation period, his or her record may be eligible for expungement—which essentially dismisses the negative penalties of their conviction going forward.
Due to Proposition 47, which legalized cannabis in the state of California, past marijuana convictions can be downgraded or even expunged entirely from the record. Historically, marijuana enforcement has often been unfairly applied and the new law allows for significant legal relief for what society now regards as a much less serious offense compared to other drug-related felonies.
Rownaghi Law has the experience and knowhow to help convicts through the expungement process, allowing them to clear their names, improve or remove their criminal records, and move on to a more productive life.
In California, individuals who have been arrested but were not convicted are entitled to have their records sealed. The public, including potential employers, can access criminal records. Therefore, even if an individual is found to be not guilty, it is possible that such records could be damaging to the former defendant. In sealing an individual’s records, they may be able to live and work without the scrutiny that often comes with having any sort of a criminal arrest record. Rownaghi Law can help navigate the process of sealing one’s records, allowing the client to live as a normal citizen without the stigma of a criminal record.
If you or someone close to you is in need of skilled legal counsel, Rownaghi Law is here to help. To get started, call us at (818) 407-7100 or visit our contact page.