Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney
Law Offices of David L. Smith1905 East 17th Street
Santa Ana, California 92705
(714) 280-8522 or(877) 257-6876
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Law Firm Overview FREE CONSULTATIONThe Law Offices of David L. Smith provides strong legal representation in the areas of criminal defense, immigration law, bankruptcy, personal injury, and probate. We serve residents of Orange County and other parts of Southern California.
Rather than reacting to situations and circumstances, we take an aggressive, active stance on behalf of our clients, who are often in difficult circumstances and in need of serious legal help. We take the time to understand the ins and outs of each case, develop a strategy based on our deep experience, and then utilize all available opportunities to help our clients achieve success.
Our clients' goals are our goals. Our attorney and staff work hard to help our clients achieve the outcomes they seek, whether that means a favorable verdict in a defense case, a visa for a loved one or debt relief through a bankruptcy filing. In everything we do, we use our extensive knowledge of the law and our deep understanding of legal processes and procedures to get results.
In addition to experienced lawyer David Smith, our firm utilizes outside attorneys, specialists and experts in cases that require special skills or knowledge.
Year this Office was Established: 1999
Languages: Spanish; English.
Areas of Law
Areas of Law Description
At The Law Offices of David L. Smith, we assist clients in a variety of legal matters, including:
- Criminal Defense
We focus on defending those charged with serious criminal offenses in the state of California, including felonies and misdemeanors in the following areas:
* Crimes of Violence
Orange County criminal law attorney David Smith can represent you if you are facing criminal charges for violent crimes such as assault, armed robbery, homicide or gang-related crimes. We also defend clients against "three-strikes" charges, which carry extensive jail time and call for the most aggressive representation possible.
* Assault and battery
While charges of assault and battery both indicate physical violence, often, the alleged victim may not be seriously injured or injured at all. Even a push or shove can be enough for the police to charge someone with battery. And, assault is simply defined as a threat of physical violence. If an object was thrown or any type of physical threat occurred, the defendant could face serious consequence, regardless of whether the plaintiff was actually hurt.
* Domestic Violence
If you are convicted on domestic violence charges, you may face fines or incarceration, and you risk losing your livelihood or custody of your kids. Attorney David Smith has many years of experience in defending against domestic violence charges, including those that occur in the context of divorce. We can fight for your legal rights and work to have charges dropped, when appropriate, or reduced, depending on the situation.
* Drug Charges
If you have been charged with a drug crime, having a strong defense lawyer on your side can make a big difference. Whether you have been arrested for possession, sale, trafficking or manufacture or you suspect that you will be charged, a defense lawyer can help you understand your rights and work to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
* Sex Crimes
If you have been charged with a sex crime, it is important for you to consult an experienced lawyer. We defend clients against serious sex-related crimes, including unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, indecency, criminal sexual assault, statutory rape, and sexual abuse and battery.
* Theft Crimes
Theft crimes can be misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the value of the stolen money or goods. We provide aggressive criminal defense against all kinds of theft charges, including petty theft, grand theft, auto theft, burglary, robbery, identity theft, embezzlement and forgery.
* Embezzlement and White Collar Crime
If you have been charged with theft from within an organization or from your employer, you should talk to an experienced defense attorney who knows the system and can work to help you get the best outcome possible. We represent clients charged with white collar crimes, including embezzlement, forgery and fraud.
Misdemeanors are offenses that carry less serious consequences than felony crimes, but that may still involve fines, probation, driver's license suspension or even jail time. If you believe you were wrongfully charged with a misdemeanor or if you need help navigating the legal system, a good defense lawyer can defend your rights.
Warrants are issued by courts for different reasons. Sometimes an arrest or bench warrant can exist if you didn't fulfill probation or community service obligations. In many cases, an old warrant can surface and cause trouble years after the fact, even if you are living in a different state. If you are concerned about a warrant, talk to an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
* Probation Violations
Probation violations often go hand in hand with warrants, with violated probation terms triggering a bench warrant in many cases. You can be charged with a violation if you fail to meet requirements of your probation — failing to contact a probation officer, not registering a change of address or driving without a license, for example — or if you are convicted of a crime while on probation.
- Immigration Law
We provide legal assistance to people in need of an immigration lawyer. If you or a family member is pursuing a visa or fighting removal or deportation, our law firm can provide you with knowledgeable advice and representation.
The threat of deportation (also known as removal) from the United States can be extremely frightening. If you or someone in your family is facing deportation, working with an immigration attorney could help stop the deportation. We know how immigration court deportation proceedings work, and we have successfully helped many people stay in the country through strong defense and appeals work.
In order to legally work or live in the United States, a person who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (with a green card) needs to have a visa. Since getting a visa can be a complicated process, having the help of an experienced immigration lawyer can be extremely helpful. We have assisted many people in getting immigrant and non-immigrant visas for themselves and for family members.
* Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion.
- Personal Injury
A serious personal injury can change your life in an instant. Whether you have been injured at work or in a car accident, you want an attorney who understands what you are going through and who knows how to secure the medical care and compensation you deserve. At the Law Offices of David L. Smith, we protect the rights of personal injury victims throughout Southern California. We are here to help you make a full recovery.
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