Do I need an attorney?

If you are facing charges in Ventura or the Southern California area, then you might thinking that you aren’t sure whether you need an attorney or not. This is a normal and reasonable thought – everyone facing criminal charges eventually thinks about it.

Deciding whether to hire legal counsel, and deciding who to hire are personal decisions that are ultimately decided by answering the question, “Do I need an attorney?”

That answer depends on a number of factors, not the least of which includes the circumstances surrounding the charges against you, the potential consequences, and other factors.

If Ventura law enforcement arrested you for any reason, and your first instinct was to call an attorney, then your instincts are dead on. Besides, if you even have to ask, then you are likely in a situation for which you need legal representation.

The California legal system is intricate and navigating it is difficult, especially if you are unaware of your rights under the United States constitution and the California constitution. It is easier for prosecutors to convict if you are unaware of your legal rights, which is why you should not be without representation to point you in the right direction if you are facing charges in Ventura.

This is even truer if you are facing felony or federal charges – or multiple other charges because if convicted, you will face stiffer penalties – possibly even a lifetime sentence depending on the crime.

Are You Considering Fighting the Charges Alone?

Even if you think you can beat the charges against you on your own, or if the charges are untrue, you should hire legal counsel to defend you. Why? For numerous reasons, not the least of which includes the fact that the legal system is difficult to navigate, even when you are innocent.

Consider the penalties you face if convicted – even wrongly – they can be harsh, and depending on the initial charges, even mandatory. In fact, I’ve had many clients think they could handle the fight alone, or believe that hiring an attorney wouldn’t make much of a difference with the outcome. No doubt you feel the same on a number of levels.

Your best chance at the judge and jury understanding your side of the story and acquitting or reducing the charges is by having an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side to fight for your rights, your freedom, and your reputation.

Long Standing Reputation of Honesty and Integrity

The legal system isn’t perfect, and fighting it and the charges against you can be scary, but fighting the charges alone is scarier, and could result in consequences you weren’t expecting – especially if you are innocent.

When you hire me, Robert M. Helfend, to fight for you, you can rest assured knowing that you are hiring a criminal defense attorney in practice since 1984, and who isn’t afraid to fight the charges against you aggressively. I will fight tooth and nail by using the full extent of my 20 plus years of criminal knowledge, hands on experience and legal resources to challenge the evidence, the methods used to collect it, and to get the charges reduced or dismissed.

If you hire me to stand at your side, I promise to provide a vigorous defense strategy that upholds your rights under California law, and that I will fight tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for the case against you.