San Clemente Criminal Defense Attorney
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Aggressively Fighting for You

Scott C. Thomas protects your rights against serious charges.

San Clemente, CA Criminal Defense Attorney

Scott C. Thomas protects your rights against serious criminal charges.

A Former Prosecuter Aggressively Fighting for You

Scott C. Thomas protects your rights against serious charges.

San Clemente, CA Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you or someone you know is facing serious criminal charges, it is important to hire a private San Clemente criminal defense attorney. A criminal defense lawyer often handles drug charges, DUI cases, and serious charges related to violent crimes. From a second sex-crime defense to a first-time felony defense, an attorney who focuses on criminal law knows the right defenses to build a strong case for a favorable outcome.

Why You Need a Private Criminal Defense Attorney in San Clemente

When you hire a private attorney, you have a better chance of a favorable outcome. Although the court appoints a free public defender attorney to everyone facing criminal charges, public defenders are usually overburdened with heavy caseloads. There is no assurance that they will commit more time and effort to your case.

If you are convicted of a felony, it can change your future. Even if you do not receive a lengthy prison sentence, a felony conviction on your record can make it harder to find good employment, enroll in some professional education programs, rent a home, and more.

For some specific types of crimes, such as sex crimes, you may also have to register as a sex offender. A criminal defense lawyer like Scott can build a strong sex-crime defense in such a case. If a charge cannot be dismissed, a private attorney will try to negotiate a deal to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor. Your attorney will also remind you of important court dates and tell you what to expect. Although private attorneys cannot promise to have all charges dismissed, they will fight for the most favorable plea deal or develop the strongest possible defense if your case goes to trial.

How a Criminal Defense Lawyer Helps

For DUI cases, drug charges, or anything else, a criminal defense attorney helps by handling all the legal work on your behalf. Your job is to show up to court on time for each appearance. Attorneys strongly recommend that people try to get out on bail if possible. It reduces the risk of facing more potential trouble in jail, gives clients and attorneys more freedom to communicate, and gives the person the ability to work or live life as normally as possible during the case. If you are facing criminal charges, it helps to try to relieve stress. For example, you can visit the following places in San Clemente:

Find a San Clemente Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are facing serious criminal charges, do not leave the fate of your future in the hands of free public defenders. A private attorney can help you through this difficult time and will work hard to protect your interests. Please contact Scott for a confidential consultation.

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What My Clients are Saying:

You helped my brother with his case when he had no idea where to turn to. thank you for the passion you exhibited and professionalism.
Scott is the perfect blend of having your buddy help you through a tough time and a cutthroat attorney who gets results. Scott not only delivered a dismissal from a previous DUI case, he outdid himself once again and battled with the DA for nearly 18 months to get a pretty obvious DUI reduced to a wet and reckless. This man has saved my career twice, and I won't take the wake-up call for granted. Thank you, Scott!
Scott is the perfect blend of having your buddy help you through a tough time and a cutthroat attorney who gets results. Scott not only delivered a...
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Scott is an excellent attorney. I’m very thankful I found him and hired him.
I’ve hired a couple of lawyers before Scott Thomas and never got the urge to call them back because the lack of involvement on my case. I’m glad to say I found someone I can trust to fight for me and take the weight off my shoulders. Mr Scott Thomas is magnificent in what he does, his communication is great, he’s helpful, understanding but overall the relief he made me feel about my case and how easy he made my case was mind blowing. Thank you Scott Thomas! 👍🏼
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Scott Thomas was super easy to work with & very personable. He made me feel at ease with my situation. I had to ask him a question that had to be answered quickly. When I called him, he answered right away & remembered who I was even though I hadn’t talked to him in over a month. I highly recommend him.
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Scott Thomas is simply the best. Going into this type of situation can be daunting. Scott’s demeanor, his availability, response time, and extensive knowledge of the justice and court system provide a helpful dose of relief. His willingness to advocate for his clients and pursue all angles of the case, allow for reassurance that he will go above and beyond to ensure the most favorable outcome for his clients. Scott’s fees are reasonable and he is an ethical attorney. Simply put, for any type of case where you, a friend, or a family member need defense representation, you can trust him implicitly. That is invaluable.
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Practice Areas

No matter the nature of your criminal charges, Scott. C. Thomas can assist you through the legal process.

Orange County, CA Criminal Defense Lawyer – Scott C. Thomas

Experienced former Orange County prosecutor Scott C. Thomas, now an effective criminal felony defense attorney in Santa Ana, protects your rights against serious charges.

With a specialty in first-time criminal defense, sex-crime defense, and DUI cases, no stone is left unturned to help you avoid a conviction and a series of harsh punishments.

“I have one goal: to provide clients with zealous legal representation to ensure their rights are not violated and that they are treated fairly before the law, while at the same time providing a shoulder for them to lean on, in their time of need.”

Criminal DefenseCriminal Defense

A criminal arrest, especially on felony charges can turn a life upsidedown, ruin a reputation, and put the defendant at serious risk for long-range punishments.

DUI & DWI DefenseDUI & DWI Defense

A local police or state patrol stop for suspicion of drunk driving shouldn’t be the end of the world for anyone — whether it’s your first offense or your third.

Drug ChargesDrug Charges

A guilty verdict in a criminal trial for methamphetamine manufacture or heroin trafficking can put you in prison for years.

White Collar CrimesWhite-Collar Crimes

Whether you are an executive or a receptionist, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty, and you have a right to your day in court.

Identity TheftFraud & ID Theft

In criminal law, fraud is a very broad category that includes a wide array of actions that many people do not even realize are crimes.

Violent CrimesViolent Crimes

A domestic violence complaint may have started with a “he said, she said” situation. Scott C. Thomas explores every strategy for having your charges reduced or dismissed.

First Time Felony Charges?

With so much at stake, if you face allegations of a violent crime, drug charge, sex crime, white-collar financial crime, or DUI/DWI, there is no substitute for having an experienced criminal defense attorney standing by to represent your interests.

Call Now 949-945-2085

If you feel that your rights were violated, leading to your arrest, we want to discuss your views in an honest, informative, confidential consultation.

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