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Criminal Defense Frequently Asked Questions

Answers From A Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Attorney

Have questions about any aspect related to your case or the legal process? At Appel & Morse, our dedicated Santa Barbara defense lawyers are committed to providing you with upfront and honest answers. We care about your future, and want to help you overcome this difficult time. For answers to commonly asked questions, see below.

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  • What should I do after I am arrested?
    It is important to remember that you have the right to remain silent. Any statements you make or conversations you have with law enforcement will be used against you. We encourage you to cooperate with the officers and politely request to speak with an attorney immediately.
  • What is the difference between a misdemeanor and felony charge?
    While a misdemeanor is an offense that can carry time served in a county jail (for a sentence not more than one year), a felony charge is punishable by state imprisonment or capital punishment.
  • What kinds of penalties will I face?
    It depends on the type of charge you are facing, including whether or not it is a misdemeanor or felony offense, and the details of your charges. Common criminal penalties include: jail/prison time, probation, electronic monitoring , and fines.
  • What are the risks of representing myself?
    While you can represent yourself according to California and Federal laws, there is no substitution for a knowledgeable and skilled defense attorney. If you choose to represent yourself, you may end up hurting your case and risk suffering the maximum penalties. We encourage you to hire an experienced private criminal defense lawyer.
  • What are the benefits of hiring a defense attorney?
    Retaining the services of a criminal defense attorney will ensure your rights remain protected at all costs. A criminal defense attorney knows the ins and outs of the court system and knows what pitfalls to avoid. Your lawyer can also help negotiate favorable sentencing terms, and be ready to fight for you in court should your case proceed to trial.
  • What cases do you handle?
    We handle a wide range of criminal defense cases, including alcohol offenses, domestic violence, drug crimes, DUI, felony crimes, misdemeanor crimes, public intoxication, and theft crimes.
  • Why should I hire Appel & Morse?
    Appel & Morse has 40+ combined years of legal experience and unique insight due to our background as former deputy district attorneys. We strive to provide caring and personalized services as well as flexible appointment availability.