Tustin, California

Tustin Criminal Defense Lawyer to Protect Your Interests

Located in Orange County, Tustin is a city of about 80,276. It is sometimes call the City of Trees and covers about 11.1 square miles. It is in the 37th Senate District. The city has a relatively high crime rate compared to other communities: 31 crimes per 1000 residents. There are 73.9 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, and roughly 95.2 robberies per 100,000 residents. If you have been charged with a crime and need to protect your rights, call seasoned Tustin criminal defense attorney William Weinberg. Mr. Weinberg is an Orange County native who has close to 30 years of experience defending the accused.

Criminal Defense Attorney in Tustin

If you’re convicted of a crime, you face the risk of penalties such as jail time, fines, community service, probation, and restitution. These penalties are more serious if you are charged with a felony, or when certain enhancements apply because of the circumstances under which the crime was committed, such as if you were charged with a violent sex crime.

Even though the prosecutor must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt with any criminal charge, which is a high standard, you should be aware that the government has significant resources to work with to make their case. Most people do much better in the system when they’re represented by an experienced criminal defense lawyer who understands how to build a strong strategy against the government’s tactics and knows how to protect people’s rights.

Mr. Weinberg is an experienced trial attorney who has taken cases to verdict. He can take your case to trial or advise whether the circumstances are such that you should take a plea bargain, or where a plea deal should be negotiated to obtain probation that is tailored around rehabilitation, a diversion program, or anger management classes.

Property and Theft Crimes in Tustin

Our law firm defends those charged with property and theft crimes. These are some of the most common crimes committed in California. They include:

  • Shoplifting,
  • Robbery,
  • Burglary,
  • Trespassing,
  • Vandalism,
  • Arson,
  • Receipt of stolen property.

Property and theft crimes may be charged anywhere along the spectrum from minor misdemeanors to serious felony charges involving weapons. When violence is involved, you may be looking at more than one charge, and you may be looking at a longer period of incarceration.   

Violent Crimes

California Penal Code section 667.5 defines violent crimes in California. These are any crime that involves serious threats or bodily injuries to others or incorporates a deadly weapon. First and second-degree felonies and serious felonies are included in the definition of a violent crime. Legal defenses to the charge of a violent crime include self-defense, defense of another person, false witness statements, and misidentification.

Seek Legal Representation for Sex Crimes Defense

Sex crimes in California are any misdemeanors or felonies of a sexual nature. It is crucial to call a lawyer if you’ve been accused or charged with a sex crime. These include:

  • Sexual battery,
  • Rape,
  • Child pornography,
  • Child molestation,
  • Lewd and lascivious behavior,
  • Child sexual abuse,
  • Prostitution,
  • Failure to register as a sex offender.

In addition to the usual potential penalties if you are convicted, there is also the possibility that you will need to register as a sex offender for life. If you are convicted of a felony sex crime, you will be required to disclose the conviction when you try to get a job and you may be unable to get the conviction expunged. You will also be banned from possessing guns or other firearms.

There may be defense strategies an experienced Tustin attorney can use in your case. Among these are arguments that sex was consensual, that there was no sexual contact, mistaken identity, false accusation, and that there is insufficient evidence.

Defense Strategy for White Collar Crimes

White collar crimes are typically nonviolent crimes that are perpetrated by professionals that are hoping to financially enrich themselves. They may involve:

  • Extortion,
  • Bribery,
  • Insider trading,
  • Money counterfeiting,
  • Money laundering
  • Tax evasion.

When these crimes are perpetrated by an organization created to act illegally, they are known as racketeering.

Call an Experienced Tustin Lawyer About Your Defense

William Weinberg is a trustworthy attorney who develops strong defenses for Tustin people fighting criminal charges. He provides personalized service while also bringing to bear experience defending “every crime in the book.” He can put his knowledge to work for you. Call our firm at (949) 474-8008 or fill out our online form to set up an appointment.

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Not only did [my case] get resolved with great efficiency, [Mr. Weinberg and his team] were very open with me and kept the lines of communication flowing which I appreciated greatly. Ryan T.
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