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First Time Drug Possession in Encinitas, California

If you have been charged with drug possession for the first time by either the San Diego Sheriff's department or the CHP there is a lot we can do to help you. Drug charges usually start as felonies and can seriously affect your life and your future - from government program eligibility, licensing, immigration, education, employment, child custody and many other aspects of your life. Many cases may have search issues, and even if they don't, there are many things that can be done to avoid the consequences of a drug offense -from programs that result in dismissal, to plea bargaining that reduce the charges or minimize consequences. At Christoph Law Offices, we have been helping drug offenders from simple possession to more serious drug crimes in Encinitas and across North County for over 30 years. Peer review rated highest in legal ability and ethical standards, call Christoph Law Offices for a free consultation at 760-659-2149. We will give you an honest appraisal and explain the proceedings, drug prosecutions and help you get the best resolution of your case.

Probation Violations in Oceanside, Vista and North County

Probation violations can occur for many reasons from not paying fines, failure to attend or complete a court ordered program, failing a drug or alcohol test, or a new criminal case while on probation. Probation violations allow a Court to re-sentence the probationer from nothing to the maximum custody and fine available depending on a number of factors. Probation violations usually trigger a bench warrant for your arrest and you may be arrested at any time, at home, work or at a traffic stop. The best advice is to let us get that warrant recalled as soon as possible, get you back on track and try to avoid additional consequences. At the Christoph Law Offices, we've been helping those accused of probation violations for over 30 years, recalling bench warrants often within 24 hours. We can appear without you on most misdemeanors, and schedule felony recalls as soon as possible. The initial consultation is free, so call us at 760-659-2149 to help you get back on track.

Defending Hit and Run Cases in San Marcos and North County

Regardless whether you are at fault, leaving the scene of an accident without exchanging information is commonly called "hit-and-run" and is a serious offense in Vista and North San Diego County. If there is property damage only, it is a misdemeanor which still can result in custody. With an injury involved, "hit and run" becomes a felony with possible local jail or prison. Every case involves a variety of factors which can mitigate the offense and help us try to get the charges dismissed, reduced or sentences minimized. At the Christoph Law Offices, we have been defending those accused of hit-and-run for over 30 years. The initial consultation is free, so call us at 760-659-2149 so that we can discuss what happened, and what we can do to get the best outcome in your case.

Why Should I Hire An Attorney for Shoplifting or Petty Theft Charges in Vista and North County?

Petty theft and shoplifting charges can greatly affect your future. It is a crime of moral turpitude, can affect government licensing, immigration, education, careers and security clearances. If you entered the store with the intent to steal, a burglary charge is added. Even if you were caught stealing with no defense and confessed, there are things that can be done through negotiations and plea bargaining based on your individual situation which may result in lesser charges or penalties. There are a number of factors in any case which can make a difference, like lack of prior record, career, medications, personal circumstances and possible defenses. If you have been convicted of a theft related offense previously, this increases the seriousness and exposure to additional consequences, especially if there is also a probation violation. We have more than 30 years experience as lawyers defending those accused of petty theft, shoplifting, burglary, embezzlement, grand theft and robbery in North County, and we will give you straight answers on what to expect and what we can do to help. Call us at 760-659-2149 to schedule a free consultation, or to speak with us. We'll provide you with the highest level of professional representation, be available for you, and develop a strategy that will help you to get the best possible result in your case.

Charged with your first DUI in Vista California - What Happens Next?

When you get arrested for DUI, you actually have two cases, one with the court and one with the DMV. You are given a Court date when you bail out. However, if you do not read the pink suspension notice and temporary 30 day license given to you, you do not realize that the DMV must be contacted within 10 days in order to challenge your automatic license suspension. That is why it is important to get an experienced Vista DUI lawyer involved as quickly as possible to set the DMV hearing and get a 60 day temporary license pending hearing results. Generally, the attorney can not only schedule the hearing, but appear at that hearing and in Court without you. As experienced DUI attorneys who have handled more than 3,000 DUI cases, we know what to do, what to look for, and how to get the best resolution in your particular case. It doesn't cost anything to call us at 760-659-2149 for a free consultation. We give you a realistic appraisal, explain the proceedings, provide the highest level of experienced personal representation, save you time, lost work and help relieve the anxiety that comes with being charged in a criminal case.

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