Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I am arrested?

Getting arrested can be a stressful and frightening experience, but it's important to remember that you are protected by your constitutional rights. As soon as possible, you should contact an attorney. Do not speak with the police until you have obtained legal representation — if you do, you run the risk of accidentally incriminating yourself.

Do I need a lawyer?

It is theoretically possible to represent oneself in criminal proceedings, but this is not recommended for anyone who has not received legal training. The state of California does provide public defenders for anyone who cannot afford to hire a private attorney, but public defenders have too many clients to give your case the attention it deserves. The most effective way to minimize the impact of criminal charges is to retain a private criminal defense firm such as the Law Office of Scott C. Thomas. Mr. Thomas will create a legal strategy tailored to your needs.

What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

The specific difference can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and there are many crimes that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on prosecutors' discretion and a wide range of factors.

But generally speaking, a felony is a more serious crime, punishable by a year or more in prison. A misdemeanor is punishable by less than a year in prison, or a fine.

Respond To Criminal Charges With A Lawyer's Guidance

The Law Office of Scott C. Thomas has the knowledge and experience to help you successfully navigate the legal system if you've been charged with breaking the law. To schedule a consultation with attorney Scott C. Thomas, call his office at 949-945-2085 or contact him online. The Law Office of Scott C. Thomas is located in Santa Ana, California.