Have you been arrested for a major crime, like assault and battery, vehicular manslaughter, or DUI? If you are scared, you SHOULD be.
California prosecutors are notorious for seeking extensive prison sentences and other draconian penalties, even against first time offenders. Even if you didn't hurt anyone -- and even if you're quite contrite and regretful about what happened -- appreciate the dead seriousness of your situation. There is a reason why California spends six times as much on prison inmates as it does on students. Our collective priority, apparently, is to hammer offenders with penalties. Our state has been building prisons like they're going out of style, all to house people convicted of felonies and misdemeanors, like the charges that you may face RIGHT NOW.
But there is a deeper, subtler problem you must also confront. And that problem is that your criminal charges can have a devastating effect on your professional license and career trajectory. Here are four problems that may be in your near term future:
• Loss of your driver's license, which can stop you from getting to work and doing your job, particularly if you're a delivery driver or you travel a lot for work;
• You may be stripped of your professional credentials, licenses, and other qualifications. You NEED these to be able to earn a living and support your family;
• You may lose your job or alienate your bosses, clients, vendors and other allies to the point that you can't get work or can't sustain your business;
• The trauma and the cost of dealing with the charges can add up. They can destroy your concentration, make you less creative, and lead to bad habits like smoking and eating junk food, which can spark a vicious cycle destroying your professional potential.
For these reasons and many more, it is IMPERATIVE that you seek out an experienced defense lawyer ASAP. We aggressively fight cases in Porterville, Visalia, including matters at Visalia Court at 221 South Mooney Boulevard and Porterville Court at 300 East Olive.
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