Coronado Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are facing criminal charges in Coronado you should know that you have the right to have a criminal defense attorney represent you during the criminal proceedings. Hiring an experienced Coronado criminal defense attorney to handle your case will significantly increase your chances of achieving a positive outcome. Contact the San Diego office of Vikas Bajaj today to learn about how our legal team can help you.
Vikas Bajaj is a skilled criminal defense attorney with nearly two decades of experience handling all criminal matters, including charges for sex crimes, drug crimes, property crimes, and violent crimes. He knows that your future is on the line and aggressively fights to get the best possible resolution for his clients. Using an aggressive pre-investigation process, Mr. Bajaj is often able to get the criminal charges against his clients reduced or dismissed outright. Do not hesitate to contact his office today to set up a free consultation. During this meeting, you can learn about the potential consequences of a conviction and how our legal team can help you avoid them.
Crime in Coronado
Coronado is a neighborhood in San Diego that stretches along the Pacific Ocean. The neighborhood, which is a popular destination for tourists and residents, is roughly safer than 45% of cities in the country. In fact, the crime rate in Coronado is significantly less than the average crime rate in California and the United States as a whole. However, this is not to say that Coronado is free from crime. The likelihood of being the victim of a crime in Coronado is approximately 1 in 60.
In 2015, there were approximately 415 crimes in Coronado. Property crimes were the most frequently cited offenses, accounting for more than 93% of all criminal activity. Criminal defendants in Coronado were most frequently arrested for burglary, arson, and theft. Violent crime, while much less common in Coronado, did account for nearly 7 percent of reported crime in Coronado that year. Violent crimes included robbery, aggravated assault, murder, and rape. While violent crime is less common in Coronado than other areas of San Diego, the severity of these crimes appears to be worse.
Consequences of a Criminal Conviction in Coronado
When you are convicted of a crime in Coronado you can face both criminal and non-criminal consequences. Criminal consequences are directly connected to the crime you are convicted of, and non-criminal consequences are essentially civil penalties and sanctions that happen because you have a criminal record.
Criminal consequences of a conviction in Coronado can include:
- Jail time in a San Diego County correctional facility;
- Imprisonment in a California state penitentiary;
- Steep monetary fines;
- Mandatory counseling;
- Restitution; and more.
Non-criminal consequences of a conviction in Coronado can include:
- Difficulty renting an apartment or buying a home;
- Inability to find gainful employment;
- Loss of child custody and/or visitation;
- Inability to participate in government welfare programs;
- Loss of gun ownership rights;
- Disqualification for loans;
- Loss of professional licenses; and more.
What Will a Coronado Criminal Defense Attorney Do?
Most clients want to know what a criminal defense attorney will do after they are hired. Most of our knowledge about criminal defense attorneys comes from movies and television, which shows attorneys marching around the courtroom passionately explaining why his/her client is innocent. In reality, most of the work a criminal defense attorney does involves investigating, researching, and developing legal arguments.
Your case will begin with an initial consultation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to explain your situation to our experienced Coronado legal defense team. We will explain the potential consequences of a conviction and begin to devise a legal strategy for your defense. The information you provide in this meeting will help to establish the foundation of your defense.
We never rely on the prosecution’s investigation and evidence. Our legal team will conduct an in-depth and thorough independent investigation into your alleged crime, interaction with the police, and any other relevant factors. This investigation will help us to uncover evidence that (a) hurts the prosecution’s case and (b) strengthens our own defense. During this independent investigation, our legal team may:
- Speak with eye-witnesses to establish and/or confirm alibis;
- Submit evidence for independent forensic analysis;
- Review crime scene reports, search warrants, and photographs;
- Consult with expert witnesses; and
- Establish alternate theories that could cast doubt on your guilt.
Legal research and analysis are crucial in a successful criminal defense argument. Our team will research existing case law and California criminal statutes to determine the best way to approach your case. This research allows us to learn about how:
- Other defense attorneys have handled similar situations;
- Prosecutors have attempted to craft their legal arguments; and
- Judges and juries have decided on similar cases.
We will merge our investigative results and legal research to craft a custom legal argument for your defense.
Negotiating Lesser Charges
With the exception of serious felony charges, most criminal matters will be settled outside of the courtroom. Our attorneys will use the information we discover in our research and investigation to determine the weak points in the prosecution’s case. When we find these weaknesses, we can leverage the prosecution into reducing the charges or dropping them altogether.
If we are not satisfied with negotiations and plea bargains we will not hesitate to defend you in open court. Vikas Bajaj is a skilled trial attorney whose passionate arguments connect with a jury. He understands how to present complex legal theories and ideas in a way that is easy to understand. Over the past two decades, his courtroom presence and tenacity has been unmatched in the Coronado area. He will aggressively fight to make sure that his clients get the best possible resolution in their criminal cases.
Coronado Criminal Defense Practice Areas
The Law Office of Vikas Bajaj, APC has nearly two decades of experience handling a wide variety of criminal matters. We have successfully defended thousands of clients against criminal charges including:
- Assault and Battery
- Drug Possession
- Grand Theft
- Home Invasion
- Restraining Order Violations
- Shoplifting, and more.
For more information about our practice areas and criminal matters we can assist you with, do not hesitate to contact our Coronado office today.
Defenses to Criminal Charges in Coronado
When we meet for an initial consultation we want you to feel confident and comfortable being honest and transparent with our team of attorneys. We will ask you a series of detailed questions, and it is extremely important that you give detailed and honest answers. These questions are designed to help us determine two things. First, have your legal rights been violated by law enforcement in any way? If so, we will petition the court to exclude any evidence that resulted from those violations. Second, which legal defenses will be the most persuasive or appropriate in your case? Defenses to criminal charges in Coronado include:
- Defense of another person;
- Lack of intent;
- Lack of knowledge;
- Lack of motive;
- Force or coercion;
- Mistaken identity; and
- False accusation.
Experienced Coronado Criminal Defense Attorney
Have you or someone you love been arrested for a crime in Coronado If so, do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Vikas Bajaj, APC. Our experienced Coronado criminal defense attorneys know that the time following an arrest can be stressful and overwhelming, and that you may not know what is in your best interest. We can help. Call us today to schedule a free consultation to learn more.
With more than 18 years of legal experience, Coronado criminal defense lawyer Vikas Bajaj can help to limit the negative consequences of your arrest. He will fight to make sure that your legal rights are respected and that you have every opportunity to defend yourself against any accusations of criminal wrongdoing. Using an aggressive pre-investigative process, Mr. Bajaj will fight to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed altogether. The prosecution will begin to build its case against you immediately, so it is important to call us as soon as you can. Our legal team is standing by, so do not hesitate to call today.