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Santa Ana Criminal Defense

Santa Ana Criminal Defense

Criminal & DUI Defense In Santa Ana Since 1987

Santa Ana criminal defense attorneys, Stephen Sitkoff and Paul Takakjian are former senior deputy DAs with over 70 years of combined criminal law experience defending clients arrested in Orange County.

If you have been arrested in Santa Ana for DUI or any felony or misdemeanor criminal charge, contact our Santa Ana criminal defense lawyers at (714) 200-1445 for a FREE CONSULTATION. Being criminally charged or investigated for a crime is a stressful event, especially for first offenders. Therefore, it is paramount that you seek legal representation from a criminal attorney with a successful background defending cases similar to yours in Santa Ana Court. The managing partners at Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP are top rated criminal defense lawyers in Orange County recognized by Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and the Criminal Law Section of the California Board of Legal Specialization. Call our Santa Ana criminal defense firm now at (714) 200-1445 if you have been recently arrested or have reason to believe you may be a suspect in a criminal investigation.

Our Criminal & DUI Defense Practice Areas

Since 1987, our criminal lawyers have successfully defended the following criminal charges in Santa Ana:

DUI – Drunk driving offenses are typically charged as misdemeanors, and includes a separate independent administrative hearing involving the DMV, which you must initiate within the 10 days of your arrest. In DUI arrests involving traffic collisions resulting in injury or death to another, Felony DUI charges can be filed. Among the Santa Ana DUI cases we have defended, our DUI lawyers have also successfully represented clients charged with drunk driving involving additional charges such as DUI with Hit and Run, Evading Police, Child Endangerment, Driving on a Suspended License, and Vehicular Manslaughter with Gross Negligence.

Drug Crimes – Santa Ana drug offenses include drug possession or “simple possession,” possession with intent to sell, cultivation, and drug transportation. The punishments for drug charges in Santa Ana can vary depending on whether you’re charged with a misdemeanor or felony drug crime. Misdemeanor possession controlled substances such as cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, ecstasy, and prescription drugs can be dismissed through drug diversion programs. However, felony drug charges such as drug possession for sale, drug trafficking, transportation of drugs, and manufacturing drugs can result in long state prison sentences.

Theft Crimes – Crimes involving theft and fraud encompass a broad range of misdemeanor and felony criminal offenses. The severity of punishment is influenced by the amount of the theft and whether you have prior theft-related convictions on your record. Theft crimes such as shoplifting, petty theft, and receiving stolen property are common misdemeanor theft crimes in Santa Ana. The punishment for a first offense misdemeanor theft in Santa Court often involves probation, fines, and community service. However, theft charges such as 1st offense petty theft are eligible for dismissal through diversion programs. Conversely, felony theft crimes such as grand theft, embezzlement, grand theft auto, forgery, and burglary are punished more harshly and can result in jail or state prison sentences.

Sex Crimes – Arrests involving sex crime accusations include numerous illegal acts such as forcible rape, rape of an intoxicated victim, sexual battery, child molestation or lewd act with a minor, and possession of child pornography to name a few. Among the most severely punished crimes in Santa Ana, sex crime convictions can result in long state prison sentences and worst of all, lifetime sex offender registration.

Violent Crimes – Crimes of violence include robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, battery, and criminal threats. In addition, violent crimes also include domestic violence offenses such as spousal abuse, domestic battery, elder abuse, child abuse, and stalking. Violent crimes are pursued aggressively by prosecutors in Santa Ana Court and in cases involving domestic violence, prosecutors do not need the victim’s cooperation.

Speak To A Santa Ana Criminal Defense Attorney Today

Experience and expertise are critical components of a sound legal defense. Mr. Takakjian and Mr. Sitkoff are both former senior prosecutors who have each practiced law for over 35 years. Annually recognized by Super Lawyers, Avvo, and Martindale-Hubbell as being among an exclusive group of top rated criminal defense lawyers in Orange County, Mr. Takakjian and Mr. Sitkoff personally handles each of our firm’s cases. Whether you are facing a misdemeanor DUI, felony child molestation, or a DMV license suspension hearing, our defense lawyers have the expertise to ensure you receive the best possible outcome. If you have been arrested in Santa Ana, Orange, Tustin, or Costa Mesa, call us now at (714) 200-1445 for a FREE case analysis.