Spring Valley Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are arrested for a crime in Spring Valley, California you should immediately make it clear to law enforcement officials that you intend to exercise two of your Constitutional rights. The Fifth Amendment guarantees you the right to remain silent when you are in police custody. Do not speak with law enforcement, answer any questions, or make any statements. The prosecutor will try to use anything you say against you, so it is best to remain silent. Answers to seemingly innocent of questions could land you in hot water. The only thing you should say to police is that you want to exercise your Sixth Amendment right to an attorney.
When you contact the Law Office of Vikas Bajaj, APC we will immediately begin to analyze your case and fight to have you released from custody before you are charged with a crime. If you have already been charged with a crime we will fight to have the charges against you reduced or dropped. If the prosecution refuses to drop the charges against you, we will fight to achieve the best possible outcome in your criminal case.
Hire an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
Spring Valley criminal defense attorney Vikas Bajaj has spent the better part of the last two decades defending San Diego area clients like you against criminal charges. He has handled thousands of criminal cases and fights for his clients from the start. Over the past 19 years, Mr. Bajaj has developed an aggressive pre-investigative process. This process often results in securing reduced charges or having the charges against his clients dropped altogether.
Mr. Bajaj has also established himself as a powerful ally in the courtroom. He has successfully litigated over 55 jury trials and has become a well-respected criminal defense attorney in the process. If you have been arrested for a crime in Spring Valley do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Vikas Bajaj today. We offer our clients a free consultation so that they can be fully aware of their legal rights and obligations.
Crime in Spring Valley, California
Spring Valley is a city in San Diego County, California and home to more than 28,000 people. Several popular recreational facilities, including the Sweetwater Summit Regional Park, Mt. Helix Park, Highwood Park, and Collier Park, can be found in Spring Valley. It is considered a middle class city, but also has its fair share of notable residents. Many former NFL players, including Reggie Bush, Robert Griffith, Ogemdi Nwagbuo, and Doug Wilkerson, live or have lived in Spring Valley. While Spring Valley only has a crime index of 45 – meaning it is safer than 45% of other American cities – it has proven to have a bit of a crime issue. The chances of being a victim of a crime in Spring Valley is approximately 1 in 60. Spring Valley also has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the country compared to cities of similar size and population. Spring Valley residents have a 1 in 353 chance of being the victim of a motor vehicle theft.
In 2014, an estimated 489 crimes were reported in Spring Valley. Property crimes were more common than violent crimes. However, Spring Valley seems to have a higher rate of violent crime than other American cities of similar size and population. The chances of being a victim of a violent crime in Spring Valley, such as aggravated assault, rape, murder, or armed robbery, is 1 in 250. The chances of being a victim of a property crime in Spring Valley, such as grand theft auto, arson, burglary, and theft, is 3.25 in 250.
Criminal Defense Practice Areas
At the Law Office of Vikas Bajaj, there is no criminal charge that is too minor or too severe. Spring Valley criminal defense attorney Vikas Bajaj has experience representing clients who have faced a variety of criminal charges, including:
- Assault and Battery
- Drug Possession
- Grand Theft
- Home Invasion
- Restraining Order Violations
- Shoplifting, and
If you have been arrested for a crime in Spring Valley and are interested in learning more about our practice, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. A complete list of practice areas can also be found on our website.
What Will a Criminal Defense Attorney Do?
Mr. Bajaj is a firm believer that an aggressive and thorough investigation is essential to a proper defense. He is proud of the investigative process he has established because it sets the stage for successful negotiations and/or litigation. Mr. Bajaj does not wait for the prosecution to make a move. Instead, he immediately begins to investigate the crimes of which his clients are accused.
A thorough and aggressive independent investigation may include:
- Interviewing witnesses;
- Analyzing crime scene photos;
- Reviewing police reports;
- Consulting with appropriate experts, including medical professionals, forensic technicians, ballistic experts, private investigators, mental health professionals, and more;
- Contacting the District Attorney and lobbying to have charges against you reduced or dismissed; and
- Combing through relevant legal precedent.
The prosecution will not waste any time in beginning to build a case against you. An aggressive pre-investigation intervention can stop a prosecution’s case in its tracks. The sooner you contact the Spring Valley Law Office of Vikas Bajaj, the sooner we can begin to defend you investigate your alleged crime. Call us today to schedule your free consultation and to learn more about our investigative process.
Defenses to Criminal Charges
If you have been arrested for a crime in Spring Valley it does not necessarily mean that you will be charged or convicted. The prosecutor handling your case must be able to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in order to convict you. This burden of proof can be difficult to achieve. As an experienced criminal defense attorney, Vikas Bajaj understands that it is his responsibility to make the prosecution’s job as difficult as possible. This is why Mr. Bajaj begins to defend his clients from the moment he is hired.
When you first meet with Mr. Bajaj he will ask you to explain the circumstances that led to your arrest in detail. No detail is too small or unimportant. This conversation will allow Mr. Bajaj to determine if there may be proof that you are not guilty of the charges against you, had a legal justification for your actions, or if your Constitutional rights were violated. These pieces of information can go a long way in derailing a prosecution’s case against you.
Common defenses and legal justifications to crimes in California include:
- Lack of intent
- Lack of motive
- Mistake of fact
- Mistaken identity
- Defense of a third person
- Force, threat, or duress
- Unlawful search and seizure
- Unlawful arrest, and
- Violation of other Constitutional rights.
Contact an Experienced Spring Valley Criminal Defense Attorney Today
If you have been arrested for a crime in Spring Valley we advise that you hire a criminal defense attorney to represent you. The decisions you make immediately following your Spring Valley arrest can make or break your defense. The prosecution will try to take advantage of the emotions and stress surrounding your arrest and pressure you to say something incriminating about yourself. Do not let the prosecution begin to build a case against you. Contact the Law Office of Vikas Bajaj and send a message to the prosecution that you are serious about your future.
Spring Valley criminal defense attorney Vikas Bajaj has spent the past 16 years developing winning strategies and successfully defending clients against a variety of criminal charges. Contact his office today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how he can help you protect your future.