Criminal Defense FAQ

Our Santa Rosa Criminal Lawyer Explains

Over the years, our legal team has acquired a wealth of knowledge about the process of defending client’s rights. We understand that you may have many questions and concerns if you are being charged with a crime and our team is here to offer you legal advice. Read the section below to get more helpful information!

Do I have to let law enforcement search my home or car?

You are not obligated to submit to a police search of your home or car. It is usually best to politely refuse any attempt to search your things, unless they have a valid warrant. Police may attempt to intimidate you by detaining you until they can obtain a search warrant. Police may try to search your home or car if they believe they have probable cause that you have committed a crime or are hiding something. If you feel law enforcement conducted a search illegally, call The law Office of Joe Bisbiglia today.

Will I be arrested for refusing to give police a statement?

Exercising you right to silence cannot be used against you. You are protected from testifying against yourself by the Fifth Amendment. If a police officer is trying to intimidate you into giving a statement, get in touch with a criminal defense attorney immediately.

What is a grand jury?

Grand juries are made up of individuals used to determine if enough evidence exists in order to take a case to trial. A grand jury will use witness testimony, documentation, and other evidence in reaching its determination. The grand jury will decide whether the case will go to trial in the end.

How does the prosecution determine the charges I will face?

The prosecution will look to convict you on charges they feel have sufficient evidence for a conviction. A case will typically be dropped if the prosecution feels that there is not enough evidence to reach a conviction. What constitutes enough evidence to the prosecutor is up to their discretion.

What is the difference between probation and parole?

Parole takes place after a person has spent time in prison, whereas probation may be used as an actual alternative criminal sentence. Parole is usually used to monitor a person who has been released from jail. Probation is a criminal sentence for those convicted of lesser offenses.

I am innocent—do I still need a criminal defense attorney?

Yes! If you have been arrested there is a chance you may be convicted, even if you truly did nothing wrong. Having a Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney from The Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia on your side can aggressively fight to protect you from false charges. An experienced attorney can make all the difference when standing up for you so your choice of representation is a very important one.

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If you have been charged with any of the crimes described above, call us today. Our Santa Rosa criminal lawyer is compassionate towards our clients and we have more than a decade of experience! We prepare every case as if it was going to trial. Our firm offers a phone consultation where we can discuss your case and your legal options.

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