About Our Criminal Defense
Juan Huerta Law provides experienced criminal defense representation to individuals, families and businesses on the Central Coast of California. We have extensive experience in criminal courts. Because government prosecutors at all levels of government have dedicated personnel and agencies working for them, you need a lawyer who is aggressive, active and willing to battle all the various government agencies on your behalf.
Throughout our criminal defense practice, we represent clients in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Ventura and all the communities in between. If you need legal assistance, don't wait. Please use the Contact Form on this page or call us by phone today.
Felony charges are extremely serious. Serious or violent felony charges count as strikes. In California, the three strikes laws lists offenses that qualify as serious or violent felonies. There are also many crimes that can become strikes because of the way a defendant may commit them, like seriously injuring a victim in the course of an assault. Strike felonies include voluntary manslaughter, murder, kidnapping, carjacking, robbery, rape, selling drugs like heroin and cocaine to a minor, and any other felony punishable by life imprisonment or death.
The state of California can and will use weapons crimes to increase the penalties for other crimes, sometimes significantly. Under California law, if a person uses a firearm, or causes great bodily injury or death with a firearm during the commission of specific felonies, they shall be punished by an additional term of imprisonment of 10 years to life.
Juan Huerta is an experienced attorney that can assist with charges pertaining to assault weapons and firearms which, in many cases, are legal to possess. To discuss your case, use the form on this page to provide some details of your situation, or call us today. Your initial consultation is free.
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A person convicted of a sex crime may be required to register as a sex offender for life. Just being charged with a sexual offense makes it difficult to obtain fair due process from the law. Juan Huerta Law knows how to defend against sex crime charges. We aggresively seek to keep the sex crime charge from affecting your personal or professional life.
Even if your crime requires registration as a sex offender, we will seek ways to avoid the registrar. We will work on having your charge dismissed, or plead down to a charge that doesn't carry with it the sex offender registration requirement. Of course, it would be best to be found not guilty of the crime.
Domestic violence, under California criminal law, is defined as violence occurring within relationships between people who are dating, co-habitating partners, spouses, people who have children in common and people who have formerly been in these types of relationships.
Punishment for domestic violence crimes can result in a jail sentence of up to 12 months or incarceration in state prison. In addition, mandatory counselling sessions or alcohol education classes, temporary or permanent restraining orders and a lifetime ban on firearms possession are possible. If you are not a citizen of the United States, a domestic abuse conviction could possibly lead to your deportation.
Embezzlement can include misappopriation of assets or funds, theft or falsification of documents. Individuals accused of theft may be facing charges from state or federal authorities, and the offense can involve as little as $100 up to many millions of dollars. Embezzlement occurs in both the private and the government sector. Crimes regularly associated with embezzlement include falsifying financial documents, misappropriation of funds or assets, and theft from an employer.
DUI, Alcohol Offenses
Drunk driving laws in California are harsh. Even a first offense can have serious consequences.
Drivers over 21 years old who have a .08 percent or greater blood alcohol content (BAC) may be charged with misdemeanor DUI. First offenders, if convicted, face fines between $390 and $1,000, plus penalty assessments, a maximum of 180 days in jail, a drivers' license suspension of up to six months, a $125 license reissue fee, and mandatory alcohol program attendance.
Drug Cases, Possession/Sales
A drug arrest can have serious consequences. Juan Huerta can often resolve your matter without going to trial, saving you time, money and stress. We work with individuals who face charges for heroin, cocaine, marijuana or methamphetamine offenses, drug dealing cases, prescription drug cases and possession charges.
If common sense dictates it, we work with prosecutors during negotiations to get charges or punishment reduced. When appropriate, we use drug addiction programs that can be incorporated into alternative sentences in order to keep our clients out of jail and prison.