Criminal Defense FAQs

If you are facing criminal charges, you've probably a whole bunch of questions that keep running through your mind.

At Fisher Law Office, in San Luis Obispo, we can help you respond and take effective action. Our attorneys have nearly 50 years of combined experience fighting for people like you.

We want to talk with you about what we can do to help you get through this. Call our office to arrange a free meeting.

Do I have to talk to the police?

Police are generally allowed to ask questions. But that doesn't mean you have to answer.

What is an arraignment?

An arraignment is a early step in the process of bringing formal charges. It requires a brief court appearance. But it is not necessary to enter a plea at this time.

Do I have to go to court?

Not necessarily.

For example, you may be a good candidate for a pretrial diversion program in which you could avoid court. If you agree to and fulfill certain conditions in such a program, formal charges would not be filed.

How can I avoid going to jail?

A lot depends on the specific charges. But there may be many valid defenses, such as an illegal search under the Fourth Amendment.

Keep in mind too that even if you convicted, it is still possible to argue for probation, rather than a jail or prison term.

Do I need an attorney?

Yes, you do. You absolutely do. It's as simple as that.

Criminal charges are serious and it doesn't make sense to try to go at it alone.

Changes haven't been filed against me, but I'm being investigated. Should I get an attorney?

Yes, same answer.

When should I get an attorney?

Sooner rather than later. You don't want to shoot yourself in the foot by making statements to law enforcement before you have a defense lawyer on your side.