Frequently Asked Questions from People Charged with Crimes
What's the best way to contact our Southern California criminal defense law firm?
You can contact us by email at info@DreilingLawAPC.com or by calling 310-893-1903. We are available 24/7, every day of the year, and provide same-day responses. No matter what day of the week it is, no matter how late, reach out to us in whatever way you are most comfortable, and let’s talk about your situation.
What should I expect during our first conversation?
We will start by discussing your situation. If you have been arrested and charged, we will discuss your charges, the penalties you are facing, and the potential outcome. If you are under investigation but are worried that your arrest is likely, we can discuss your options and how we may be able to help you avoid being charged.
We will then discuss the facts and circumstances surrounding your case and any details that you believe to be important. We can discuss what implications your case may have on your personal life such as how it might affect your job, your family, and your reputation in your community. We will answer any questions.
We can also discuss our firm’s legal fees and we bill. We will provide you with an estimate of what we think it will cost to handle your case.
Lastly, our experience is that you can expect to feel relief from the stress this situation has caused. You can breathe easier knowing that we’ve got you covered.
Can we talk on the phone instead of in person?
Yes, we can talk via phone or video conferencing if that is more convenient or comfortable for you. We can also come to you at your home or office if that is a better option.
A friend of a family member needs legal representation. Can you help them?
We may be able to help them, but we need them to contact us. Due to attorney-client privilege, you cannot serve as an intermediary or join them at their consultation.
Where do you represent clients?
We represent clients all over Southern California with a particular focus on the South Bay, including Torrance, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hawthorne, Lawndale, Gardena, Palos Verdes, and Rolling Hills.
Is it possible to get my record expunged?
Not all convictions qualify for expungement, but many do. In general, you may qualify for expungement if you were convicted of either a felony or misdemeanor and meet the following criteria:
You have successfully completed your probation; and you either did not serve time in state prison or you would have served time in county jail under the “realignment” of Proposition 47.
Contact us today to discuss whether your conviction qualifies for expungement.
How much does a California criminal defense lawyer cost?
The cost to handle your case will depend on a variety of factors such as the nature of your crime, the complexity of your case, and the likelihood that it will proceed to trial. We will provide you with an estimate of what we believe it will cost to handle your case at the initial consultation so that you can make an informed decision about moving forward.