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Lamano Law Office

1981 N Broadway Suite 440-A

Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Phone: (925) 495-0707

Facing criminal prosecution can be a confusing, stressful experience. When you are understandably worried about what the future may hold because you have been accused of criminal wrongdoing, you need compassionate, reputable legal representation on your side. Having a solid defense strategy working on your behalf may not take all of your stress away. But, strong legal advocacy will allow you to benefit from a defense strategy designed to achieve a favorable outcome for your legal situation. And that can give you some well-founded peace of mind.

At Lamano Law Office, our top-rated Contra Costa criminal defense attorneys focus on providing our clients with compassionate, knowledgeable legal representation. Reach out to us today for a confidential consultation so that we can discuss the specifics of your case and begin defending your rights. We represent cases held in Richmond, Pittsburg, and Martinez criminal court.

How Our Contra Costa Defense Lawyers Can Fight for Your Rights

Let the Contra Costa criminal defense lawyers of Lamano Law Office fight for your future by:

  • Independently investigating your charges to recover additional evidence beyond that turned over by the prosecution. We work with a private investigator to show your side of the case.
  • Thoroughly reviewing police reports and case evidence to identify potential weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.  We have a 150-point inspection list that we’ve created to explore all possible defenses.
  • We present a mitigation packet to the judge and district attorney that explains who you are as a person, outside of your arrest or allegation, so you are not seen as just another case number
  • Moving to exclude any evidence that was obtained in violation of your rights
  • Challenging the sufficiency of the prosecution’s case by filing a motion to reduce or dismiss your charges
  • Negotiating a plea agreement with the prosecution if it has a strong case to help you avoid the most severe consequences of a conviction
  • Presenting a persuasive defense case on your behalf if you decide to contest your charges at trial

Our Firm Advocates on Behalf of People Facing All Types of Criminal Cases

At Lamano Law Office, our Contra Costa criminal defense attorneys work hard on behalf of our clients. Some of the most common charges that our clients face include:

  • Assault and battery – Assault and battery crimes involve offenses wherein a person injures someone or places someone in fear of imminent injury due to force or the threat of force.
  • Child abuse charges – Child abuse charges may be filed when someone inflicts physical or mental injury on a child through physical or sexual violence, by placing a child at risk of injury, or by neglecting a child when one has a legal duty to care for the child’s health and well-being.
  • Domestic violence – Domestic violence involves any act of physical violence, threat of violence, or harassment committed against someone whom the perpetrator has a current or former intimate relationship with, such as a spouse, fiancé, dating or sexual partner, or co-parent.
  • Drug offenses – Examples of drug offenses include possession of narcotics, distribution of drugs, manufacturing, and trafficking.
  • DUI defense – We represent clients in all kinds of DUI cases, including driving with a BAC of .08 percent or greater, driving under the influence of drugs, underage DUI, second and subsequent DUI offenses, and felony DUI.
  • Expungements – Under California law, certain criminal convictions are eligible to be expunged, which means that the conviction is sealed by the court. After obtaining an expungement, you can, in most circumstances, legally deny that you were ever convicted of the underlying offense.
  • Felony charges – Felonies include the most serious criminal offenses governed by California and federal law, with convictions typically resulting in sentences of a year or more in prison.
  • Gun charges – We can assist you with all varieties of firearms offenses, including unlawful possession of a weapon, possession or use of a weapon for unlawful purposes, and possession of firearms by a felon or other person not permitted to possess a firearm.
  • Disorderly/lewd conduct – Disorderly or lewd conduct crimes occur when someone engages in offensive, disruptive, or sexual behavior in public or in view of the public, typically in such a way as to disrupt others’ enjoyment of public spaces.
  • Military diversion – In California, military veterans and active-duty personnel may have the option of seeking treatment for a mental health issue or substance abuse problem caused by or related to their military service. This option is offered as an alternative to being convicted and sentenced on a criminal charge connected to their mental health or substance abuse issue.
  • Misdemeanor charges – Misdemeanors are less serious crimes than felonies, with convictions resulting in sentences that involve up to 364 days imprisonment or, in many cases, a term of probation, community service, or fines and restitution.
  • Probation violations – Violating any condition of your probation can result in consequences, such as an extension of your probation term, the imposition of additional conditions, or the revocation of probation and sentencing on your original conviction.
  • Property crimes – Common property crimes include trespassing, vandalism, and criminal destruction of property.
  • Restraining orders – Restraining orders and orders of protection are issued to safeguard an individual from future violence, threat of violence, or harassment.
  • Sex offenses – Common sex offenses include rape, sexual battery, statutory rape, lewd conduct, oral copulation with a child, and child pornography crimes.
  • Theft – Common theft crimes in California include petty theft, shoplifting, auto theft, receipt of stolen property, and larceny.
  • Violent crimes – Examples of violent crimes include assault, battery, kidnapping, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, vehicular homicide, manslaughter, and murder.
  • White-collar crimes – White-collar crimes typically include financially-related criminal offenses such as embezzlement, bribery, identity theft, bank or insurance fraud, and securities fraud.

Experience the Difference of an All-Women Criminal Defense Firm

When your freedom is on the line due to the threat of a criminal conviction, don’t trust the outcome of your case to just any attorney. The all-women criminal defense firm of Lamano Law Office provides a caring, compassionate approach grounded in the values of treating our clients with the dignity and respect they deserve while aggressively defending their rights under the law. Our firm:

  • Is rated #1 on Yelp for criminal defense law firms in the area and has 100 percent five-star client reviews on Google
  • Over 30 years of combined legal experience
  • More than 850+ criminal cases handled with less than 1% experiencing jail time

When you turn to our firm for help with criminal charges in Contra Costa County, you can expect that we will:

  • Give you the best case, worst case, and likely scenario after a 30-minute phone call
  • Clearly explain our approach to representation and what to expect in court so you don’t have to stand nervously in front of a judge
  • Treat you with compassion so that you feel comfortable opening up to us about your case and allowing us to help you. Everything we discuss is private and confidential.
  • Work diligently to secure a favorable resolution to your charges so that you can begin to move forward
  • Leave no stone unturned in fighting for the best possible outcome in your case and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the proceedings

Penalties for a Criminal Conviction in Contra Costa

Penalties for a criminal conviction in Contra Costa County vary depending on the grading of the charge. Crimes prosecuted under California state law are broadly categorized either as misdemeanors or felonies. Some misdemeanors are known as “wobblers,” because they can also be charged as felonies under certain circumstances.

Misdemeanors are comprised of less-serious criminal offenses governed by California law. Maximum penalties for a misdemeanor conviction include:

  • Standard misdemeanor: Up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000
  • Aggravated misdemeanor: Up to 364 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000

Felonies are the more serious criminal offenses in California. Penalties for a felony conviction can include:

  • Imprisonment of one year or more
  • Fines, typically as high as $10,000
  • Other terms such as loss of your rights to possess a firearm, registration as a sexual offender, community service, restitution, and participation in behavior or substance abuse treatment programs

In California, most felony statutes specify the prison sentences that can be imposed for a conviction under that statute. The statutes usually list a low term, middle term, and high term. If the court chooses to mandate incarceration as part of a sentence, it will choose one of these terms to impose based on factors such as the defendant’s age, criminal history, and the nature of the crime in question.

Courts also retain the discretion to convert a portion of or all a term of incarceration into a term of either informal or formal probation. Individuals on probation are required to follow all conditions of their probation. Violating probation may result in the probation term being extended, the imposition of additional conditions of probation, or the revocation of probation and the imposition of a sentence under the original conviction.

In addition to a sentence, a criminal conviction can also have long-term consequences, such as:

  • A criminal record that can make it difficult to successfully apply for housing, employment, educational opportunities, and professional licensure
  • If convicted of a felony, loss of the right to serve on juries or to own or possess firearms
  • If convicted of a sex offense, the requirement to register as a sex offender

Fortunately, in certain circumstances, you may be entitled to obtain relief from the stigma of a criminal conviction. Talk to our Contra Costa criminal defense attorneys to learn more about your post-conviction options.

Our Contra Costa Criminal Defense Attorneys Are Here to Help

If you have been charged with a crime in Contra Costa County, you deserve legal representation that Is compassionate, knowledgeable, experienced, and will become aggressive on your behalf when need be. You also deserve to be seen as a whole person in the eyes of prosecutors, juries, and judges. Our approach to representation will help to ensure that your story is heard. Contact Lamano Law Office today for an initial risk-free case evaluation to learn more.

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A Commitment to Our Community

Prior to dedicating her career to Lamano Law Office, Givelle founded her own non-profit organization, the Three Strikes Justice Center, dedicated to alleviating the overcrowding of prisons via social justice efforts. The entire Lamano Law Center team believes in giving back to the communities we serve. Our Oakland criminal defense law firm supports a wide range of charitable and civic organizations throughout the Bay area.

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Reunifying incarcerated individuals with their families
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Reducing prison recidivism by training candidates for careers in tech sales
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