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Criminal Defense Firm in Sonoma County

Defending Clients Who Are Facing Criminal Charges

At Wilber Law Offices, our legal team has always been passionate about defending individuals against criminal allegations. That passion has led to decades of practice shared among our attorneys, who combine their extensive experience, skills, and determination when fighting for our clients. 

We believe you deserve an advocate on your side who is dedicated to your best interests from start to finish. Our job is to ensure that you are protected, that your voice is heard, and that you have the counsel you need to make crucial decisions about your case with confidence

Have you been arrested or accused of a criminal offense? Call Wilber Law Offices today at (707) 691-3309 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our Sonoma County criminal defense firm.

What is a Defense Attorney?

A criminal defense attorney is a legal professional who specializes in representing individuals or entities that have been accused of committing criminal offenses. When someone is charged with a crime, they are entitled to legal representation to ensure their rights are protected throughout the legal process. This is where a criminal defense attorney comes in.

The primary role of a criminal defense attorney is to provide legal counsel and defense to their clients, working to protect their interests and rights in the criminal justice system. Their main goal is to help their clients achieve the best possible outcome for their case, which could include getting charges reduced or dismissed, negotiating plea bargains, or obtaining an acquittal at trial.

The responsibilities of a criminal defense attorney can vary depending on the stage of the legal proceedings. Some of their key tasks include:

  • Case Analysis: Reviewing the details of the case, analyzing evidence, and identifying potential weaknesses or strengths in the prosecution's case.
  • Legal Advice: Providing legal guidance to the accused, explaining their rights, potential consequences, and available options.
    Investigation: Conducting further investigation, if necessary, to gather evidence and witness testimonies to support the defense.
  • Plea Negotiations: Engaging in discussions with the prosecution to negotiate plea deals, if appropriate and beneficial for the client.
  • Trial Representation: If the case proceeds to trial, the defense attorney will represent the accused in court, presenting evidence, cross-examining witnesses, and making legal arguments to defend their client.
  • Post-Conviction Representation: If the defendant is found guilty, the attorney may continue to represent them during the sentencing phase and, if applicable, in the appeal process.

It's important to note that criminal defense attorneys uphold the principle that every person is innocent until proven guilty and play a crucial role in protecting individuals' constitutional rights within the criminal justice system. They may specialize in different areas of criminal law, such as white-collar crimes, drug offenses, violent crimes, or DUI (Driving Under the Influence) cases. Additionally, they may work as private attorneys or be appointed by the court to represent indigent defendants who cannot afford legal representation.

Criminal Defense Cases Our Law Firm handles

Criminal law is an extensive area of statutes covering everything from minor infractions, such as disturbing the peace, to major felonies involving homicide and everything in between. It is an area of practice that demands an understanding of these laws, police procedures in arresting defendants and court proceedings in determining innocence or guilt. Representation of the accused calls for practitioners who are skilled and tenacious in dealing with the opposition and who can present well-prepared and compelling cases to the court and/or juries. 

Our criminal defense practice includes defending our clients against all infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies, regardless of the nature of the offense. These can include everything from alleged DUI to domestic abuse crimes, drug offenses, white-collar crimes, theft crimes, violent crimes, and more. Not only do we defend current criminal charges, but we also help in clearing warrants and clearing your criminal record through expungements. 

No case is too complex or difficult for our seasoned trial lawyers, who have successfully litigated on behalf of hundreds of defendants in the past involving everything from DUI to gang-related charges, domestic violence, serious drug crimes, juvenile crimes, sex crimes, traffic crimes, and more. Throughout all cases, we use a team approach that combines the strengths, talents, skills and individual experiences of our attorneys in attacking the charges you face. 

What Are My Rights?

If you are arrested or charged with a crime in Sonoma County, it is crucial to know and understand your rights to ensure your protection throughout the legal process. Among your most fundamental rights are the right to remain silent, which allows you to refuse to answer questions from law enforcement officers without an attorney present. You also have the right to be informed of the charges against you, the right to a fair and speedy trial by a jury of your peers, and the right to legal representation. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you at no cost. Additionally, you have the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. Exercising these rights can significantly impact the outcome of your case, making it imperative to be aware of them from the moment of your arrest or charge.

Why Should I Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?

Hiring a criminal defense attorney when you've been charged with a crime can significantly impact the outcome of your case. Whether it's navigating the complexities of the legal system, understanding the charges against you, or strategizing for the best possible defense, a seasoned attorney brings invaluable expertise and support. The legal system can be overwhelming and intimidating for those unfamiliar with it, and having a knowledgeable advocate ensures your rights are protected every step of the way. Below are the top advantages of having a criminal defense lawyer by your side:

  • Expertise in Legal Matters: Criminal defense attorneys have a deep understanding of the criminal law system and are adept at handling various types of criminal cases.
  • Protection of Your Rights: They ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process, from arrest to trial.
  • Customized Defense Strategies: Based on their experience, they can develop effective defense strategies tailored to the specifics of your case.
  • Negotiation Skills: Their negotiation skills can lead to reduced charges, lighter sentences, or even dismissed cases through plea bargains.
  • Relief from Stress: Handling a legal case can be stressful. A criminal defense attorney takes on the burden, allowing you to focus on your life and family.
  • Access to Resources: They have access to resources and networks such as private investigators and expert witnesses that can significantly strengthen your case.
  • Experience with Court Procedures: Their familiarity with court procedures, personnel, and the criminal justice system can help expedite the process and achieve a favorable outcome.
  • Higher Chances of Acquiring a Favorable Outcome: Simply put, a criminal defense attorney improves your chances of a favorable verdict, whether it's an acquittal, dismissal, or reduced sentencing.

In essence, a criminal defense lawyer serves as more than just legal representation; they are your advocate, guide, and strategist throughout a process that can significantly impact your future.

Contact Our Criminal Defense Firm Today

The criminal legal process can be stressful, confusing, and full of uncertainty as to its outcome and how it will affect your life. It can also be humiliating and dehumanizing. 

Our Sonoma County attorneys will provide the legal and human support you need as we guide you through the court system with empathy as well as professional proficiency. We know that you may be at risk for jail or prison time, heavy fines, years of probation, and other penalties depending on your case. That is why we give you the benefit of our full-team effort at this critical time. 

Contact Wilber Law Offices today to get started on your defense.

Charges Reduced
Client charged with vehicular homicide. Ryan successfully negotiated for client to avoid a criminal conviction by being placed in a 6-month diversion plan.
  • Case Dismissed
    Facing a three year prison term. Acquitted of the felony charge at jury trial, and granted informal probation for the misdemeanor charge with no jail time to serve.
  • Case Dismissed
    Battery charge dismissed halfway through trial, and the jury hung on the resisting charge.
  • Case Dismissed
    Facing up to a year in jail. This case went to jury trial twice. The first time around, a mistrial was granted based on inadmissible evidence being introduced by the prosecution. We did not give up and tried the case a second time. When it came to light that video evidence ...
  • “I just went through the painstaking process of getting a DUI in Sonoma County. Ryan Wilber and his team did an amazing job in making this process go as smooth as possible.” - Beau K.
  • “If you need legal help I fully recommend them! If your looking for an experienced trial lawyer this is the team you want to hire.” - William H.
  • “He helped my life become easier and more manageable after I messed up by making reckless decisions.” - E. D.

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