California Criminal Charges and Guilty Pleas

Posted On: April 30, 2009 by Southern California Criminal Defense Attorney

Criminal Charges and Their Civil Consequences: Why you Need an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

Many people who face criminal charges are often deluded into thinking that a quick plea agreement will essentially bring their case to a close. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Many criminal cases where victims are involved often are followed by lawsuits in civil court, and these almost always result in the defendant having to spend even more time and money to resolve and minimize the consequences of their actions.

However, this does not have to be the case. Prevailing in criminal court or having the charges significantly reduced can often free one from having to face a civil lawsuit, or at a minimum, can greatly weaken the civil case against them. Thus, hiring a competent and skilled criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles can not only protect one’s freedom, but also one’s personal wealth and financial security as well.

Any person then who is facing criminal charges needs to ask themselves: how would a guilty plea in my criminal case affect me in civil court? If I assaulted someone and sent them to the hospital, does my guilty plea then make it easier for them to turn around and sue me? If I took something from someone, or caused an accident because I was under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, would my guilty plea constitute an act of admission and make it easier for the people I hurt to come after me with a civil lawsuit? These are the sorts of things that defendants in criminal cases should discuss with a qualified and experienced California criminal defense attorney who understands the potential implications of simply “taking a deal.”

At Wallin & Klarich, we understand the criminal law and how the consequences of a guilty plea can play out down the road. If you or someone you know and love is facing criminal charges in California that could also involve a lawsuit in civil court, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-888-280-6839 to discuss your case, or visit our website at www.wklaw.com for more information.