Ventura County Criminal Defense Attorneys Westlake Law
Generally speaking, jurors in Ventura County tend to be conservative and law-abiding. These same jurors are also intelligent and fair. For these reasons, it is crucial that a person charged with a crime is represented by an attorney who knows all the elements of the crime charged. An excellent criminal defense attorney carefully examines all the elements that the prosecutor must prove. If any of these elements has not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt, the jury is therefore convinced that the defendant must be found not guilty. Obviously, former prosecutors who become criminal defense attorneys are excellent defenders because they are very familiar with everything the prosecutor must prove in order for a jury to convict a defendant. And so often there are weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case that only a very competent defense attorney can point out and argue to the jury. Westlake Law is the law firm comprised of former prosecutors who will give you the best representation.
Specifics of Ventura County
Being a criminal defense attorney in Ventura County exposes you to a wide range of perspectives. With a population of over 800,000 people, there are many people from all walks of life living in places including but not limited to:
- Simi Valley
- Thousand Oaks
- Port Hueneme
- Santa Paula
Ventura County is a unique county, especially compared to larger counties such as Los Angeles. Los Angeles County has over 35 courthouses and covers a vast geographical area from West LA to Pomona and from Long Beach to Van Nuys and Lancaster. Ventura County has most of its cases processed through it main central courthouse in the city of Ventura at 800 South Victoria Avenue.
At the main courthouse, it is imperative for defense attorneys to know the prosecutors and the judges. Getting a feel for the courthouse and the process involved is critical for success. Doing most cases in one courthouse also makes it easier to track major cases going through the County. This helps everyone follow major investigations conducted by police agencies such as the Ventura County Sheriffs Department, Ventura Police Department, Oxnard Police Department, and the California Highway Patrol.
Why the Law in Ventura can be Strict!
No matter what area people come from in Ventura County, many people are charged with a wide array of crimes and their liberties are, therefore, tested. Citizens can often face traffic infractions such as speeding, running a red light or running a stop sign, or DUI. The same people can also face misdemeanors that subject them to time in county jail or felonies that subject them to “local prison” in county jails under 1170(h) or actual state prison.
A Ventura County criminal defense attorney will get clients charged with some or all types of charges. A Ventura County criminal defense attorney must be prepared to defend the interests of the client to the best of his ability. Failure to do so would result in an unfair outcome for the client and the system at large.
For a list of municipal codes in the county, visit here.
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Tips on selecting the best lawyer
In an area with laws as stringent as Ventura, there is, as one would expect, a proliferation of lawyers of all colors. So how do you choose the one who is best for you? There are a few things you should consider. We recommend that you choose former prosecutors to represent you in court. The reason for this is simple- only a former prosecutor can craft the best defense for you. Selecting a former prosecutor means that you will be able to have confidence that the person representing you understands the exact arguments that the prosecution is going to make, and their ability to anticipate such arguments is simply invaluable.
As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. And while it may be tempting to select the least expensive attorney possible, keep in mind that there is a reason they have chosen to compete on price and not quality of service. Also, understand that attorneys who charge the least amount for packages are typically going into court with the intention of settling as soon as possible, as this is the only way for them to preserve their bottom line. When selecting a criminal lawyer, you should be looking at a previous track record as both a prosecutor and defense attorney and a history of fighting- and winning- cases similar to yours. When it comes to your future, don’t gamble.