Have you been arrested for a crime in Vista, California? If so, do not hesitate to contact the Vista Law Office of Vikas Bajaj today for a free consultation. The steps you take immediately following an arrest can significantly affect your future. Hiring a respected and knowledgeable attorney sends a message to the prosecutor that you are serious about defending yourself. An attorney will ensure that your legal rights are respected and that you are given the opportunity to defend yourself against any criminal charges. The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner we can begin to investigate the incident that led to your arrest.
Crime in Vista, California
Vista is known as a family-friendly town in San Diego County, California. The city is home to more than 93,000 Californians and is also a popular stop for tourists in the greater San Diego area. Popular attractions in Vista include the Moonlight Amphitheatre, North County St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, the Vista Strawberry Festival, and the Alta Vista Gardens. While it has been ranked as one of the top 200 cities to raise a family in California, its steady crime rate has posed some problems.
Vista is reportedly safer than only 29% of other cities in the United States. Property crime is more common in Vista than violent crime. In 2015, 85% of the nearly 3,000 reported crimes in Vista were property crimes. The chances of being a victim of a violent crime in Vista are 1 in 292. The chances of being a victim of a property crime, however, is 1 in 50.
A combination of middle-class families, a steady influx of tourists, and thriving businesses make Vista an easy target for theft, vandalism, and burglary. If you or someone you know has been arrested for a crime in Vista you should call a criminal defense attorney immediately. The Law Office of Vikas Bajaj offers a free consultation so that you can take the first step in your defense.
Criminal Defense Practice Areas
Over the past 19 years, our Vista criminal defense attorney Vikas Bajaj have successfully represented clients who have been charged with a wide range of criminal offenses. While property-related crimes are the most common in Vista, our attorneys have experience defending clients who have been charged with:
- Assault and Battery
- Drug Possession
- Grand Theft
- Home Invasion
- Restraining Order Violations
- Shoplifting, and
Contact us today for more information about our experienced Vista attorneys and our criminal defense practice areas.
A Well-Respected Vista Criminal Defense Attorney
Vista Criminal Defense attorney Vikas Bajaj has spent the better part of the last two decades fighting to protect and defend thousands of clients like you. His passion and tenacity both inside and outside of the courtroom have allowed Mr. Bajaj to establish himself as one of Vista’s most-reputable and successful criminal defense attorneys.
At the Law Office of Vikas Bajaj, no case is too big or too small. We use our experience, knowledge, and excellent relationships with prosecuting attorneys to provide our clients with the best possible legal representation. We have successfully defended clients who have faced charges for violent crimes, sex crimes, drug crimes, theft crimes, white collar crimes, and more.
If you have been arrested for a crime in Vista, California, contact the Law Office of Vikas Bajaj today for a free consultation. We will review your case and do everything in our power to stop the prosecution in their tracks. If we are unable to intervene before you are charged with a crime we will immediately launch an aggressive investigation into the crime you are accused of committing. We tenaciously defend our clients and fight to achieve the best possible outcome. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you after your Vista arrest.
Why Should I Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?
We understand that an arrest can be overwhelming, confusing, and stressful. Prosecuting attorneys and law enforcement will try to take advantage of these moments following your arrest. They may attempt to get a false confession by exaggerating about the evidence they may have against you. They may also try to make the situation seem more serious than it really is to pressure you into agreeing to a plea deal.
The detectives and prosecuting attorneys who are assigned to prove your guilt are professionals. They have a specialized education and experience, and understand how to use your lack of legal expertise against you. Hiring a Vista criminal defense attorney to represent you takes this ability away from them.
You may not think that an arrest, criminal charge, or conviction for a minor offense is a big deal. While the criminal consequences may be as minor as community service, summary probation, or a small monetary fine, the non-criminal consequences can be significant. A criminal record generally stays with you for life. Potential employers, landlord, schools, and banks may all be able to access your criminal record if you submit an application. What seems like a minor problem now could result in lost opportunities in the future.
Some offenses can be expunged or sealed, but the steps involved can be costly and time-consuming. The best way to keep criminal charges and/or a conviction off of your criminal record is to put up a strong defense. At the Law Office of Vikas Bajaj, APC, we understand that the best defense is a great offense.
We use aggressive and purposeful pre-litigation tactics to limit the prosecution’s ability to build a case against you. If we do take your case to court we are confident in our ability to persuade a jury with our defense. We have handled thousands of cases and successfully litigated over 55 jury trials. Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help you after your Vista arrest.
Aggressive Pre-Trial Investigations
At the Law Office of Vikas Bajaj, we believe that a pre-trial investigation is a key component to a successful defense. We use the information gathered in a thorough independent investigation to attack every aspect of a prosecution’s case against you.
This aggressive pre-trial investigative process often results in charges being dismissed or reduced. If your case does proceed to trial, we use the results of our investigation to craft powerful and persuasive arguments for judges and juries. This has allowed us to successfully litigate more than 55 jury trials over the past 16 years.
What can you expect during this independent investigation?
During the investigative process our attorneys may:
- Review the police reports relevant to the incident that led to your arrest;
- Review and analyze evidence collected by law enforcement and the prosecution;
- Find and interview witnesses to elicit additional information and testimony;
- Consult with specialized experts, including medical professionals, forensic technologists, ballistics experts, mental health professionals, property appraisers, and crime scene recreationists;
- Compare and contrast your case to other similar cases;
- Research legal precedent; and
- Gather information to create alternative theories to disprove the prosecution’s case.
Defenses to Crimes
If you are arrested for a crime in Vista, California it does not necessarily mean that you will be charged or convicted. The prosecution must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and that can be a difficult job. As your criminal defense attorney, it is our responsibility to make the prosecution’s even harder.
When we first meet we will ask you to recount the incident that led to your arrest. This conversation allows us to search for indications that (1) you had a legal justification for committing the crime, or (2) your Constitutional rights were violated in some way.
If we find that there may have been a legal justification for your actions, we will argue that in court. A successful argument can result in reduced and/or dropped charges. Legal justifications and defenses to criminal offenses in California may include self-defense or defense of another person, duress, mistake of fact, lack of required intent, mistaken identity, lack of required motive, or intoxication.
If we find that there may have been a violation of your Constitutional rights, we will fight to have any illegally-obtained evidence excluded from the prosecution’s case. Limiting the evidence available to the prosecution can be a fatal blow to a developing criminal case. Contact the Vista Law Office of Vikas Bajaj to learn more about your legal rights before, during, and after an arrest.
Experienced Vista Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been arrested for a crime in Vista, California you should not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Vikas Bajaj. The prosecution will begin to build a case against you immediately, so it is important to hire an attorney as soon as possible after an arrest.
When you call us after your arrest, we will fight to have charges reduced or dropped, ensure that your rights are protected, and work to achieve the best possible outcome. The sooner you call to schedule your free consultation, the sooner we can begin to work on your defense.