If you live in the Newport Beach area, you know that it is generally speaking, a beautiful coastal town, and probably one of the safest cities in the nation. It is reputed for its sun-kissed beaches, upscale shops and restaurants and valuable real estate. But, this is not a city that is immune from crime or arrests. Some of the most common types of crimes that lead to arrests in Newport Beach include DUI (alcohol and/or drugs), assault, vehicle burglary, theft, robbery and white collar crimes such as forgery and embezzlement.
The experienced Newport Beach criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Randy Collins are passionate in the pursuit of justice for our clients. Our goal is to keep you out of jail and remove any blemish on your criminal record that could affect your future educational or professional aspirations. We understand the serious ramifications a criminal conviction can have on your life, relationship with family and community and your career. Call us today to discuss you case and find out how our Newport Beach attorney can help you.
Our Practice Areas
We represent individuals who have been accused of the following:
- Domestic violence
- Hit and run
- White collar crimes
- Drug crimes
- Sex crimes
Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
There are a number of potential consequences for criminal convictions and they may be categorized into direct and collateral consequences. Direct consequences refer to the actual punishment for the conviction. This may include jail time, probation, fines, restitution, driver’s license suspension (in DUI cases), drug rehabilitation program (in drug possession cases) or any other punishment or requirement a court might impose.
Collateral consequences are those that are not set in the punishment, but do affect defendants. Examples of collateral consequences include sex offender registration and the prohibition of firearms possession for felons. Some such as sex offender registration are specific to the offense. Others apply to a class of convicted persons, often those convicted of felonies. Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case and the seriousness of the charges, a criminal conviction might adversely affect many of your rights and privileges:
Driver’s license: If you have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the Department of Motor Vehicles or DMV could suspend or revoke your driving privilege. Your driving privilege may also be suspended or revoked if you are convicted of drug possession, depending on the nature and circumstances of the case. Losing your driver’s license for many, especially in the greater Los Angeles area, could mean loss of employment.
Job loss: If you already have a job, you may be suspended or fired if you have been convicted of a crime. Often, private employers make hiring and firing decisions based on whether an employee has been convicted of a crime. In some cases, depending on the nature of the crime for which the person was convicted, an employer may be required to let the employee go. For example, if the conviction is for drunk driving and the defendant works as a driver, the employer may fire him or her based on a recent DUI conviction.
Possession of firearms and voting rights: You may lose you right to bear arms if you have been convicted of certain types of offenses. Most individuals who have been convicted of felonies also lose their right to vote.
Deportation: In California, certain crimes can have serious immigration consequences including deportation. If you are convicted of one of these deportable crimes and you are not a U.S. Citizen, the Department of Homeland Security may deport you regardless of how long you may have lived in the United States or how well established your life may be here. The major categories of crimes that could result in deportation in California include: aggravated felonies, drug offenses, firearms offenses and domestic violence crimes.
Loss of professional licenses: Many professional licenses such as the license to practice law or medicine could be suspended if you are convicted of a felony.
Housing: You may also find trouble finding good housing if you have been convicted of a felony. For example, government housing authorities may prohibit felons from living in their properties. In some circumstances, private landlords may also evict or refuse to rent their properties to felons.
Sex offender registration: Registering as a sex offender is required for most individuals who are convicted of sex crimes. This could have devastating effects on those individuals. Jessica’s Law makes it unlawful for anyone required to register as a sex offender to live within 2000 feet of a school or park where children regularly gather. Many cities and counties throughout California have passed local laws prohibiting registered sex offenders from being within 300 to 500 feet of places such as the beach, harbors, parks, recreational facilities where children gather, childcare centers, schools and public swimming pools. In addition, those registered as sex offenders also have trouble finding housing.
Why Hire Us?
The experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Randy Collins genuinely care about you and your case. We are committed to treating you with dignity and respect. We provide not just quality legal representation, but also a high level of customer service to all our clients. You will experience this through our efforts to keep you informed of your case. We also return our clients’ calls in a timely manner and respond right away, should an emergency or crisis situation arise with regard to your case. Our lawyers are familiar with local courts, judges and prosecutors.
Our Newport Beach criminal defense attorneys have the knowledge, experience and resources it takes to conduct independent investigations and develop a strong defense strategy that could help get your charges dropped or reduced.
If you or a loved one has been accused of committing a crime, please don’t talk to police or law enforcement without first speaking with one of our experienced Newport Beach criminal defense attorneys. Contact us at (888) 250-2865 for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.