Criminal Defense

Jury boxBeing charged with a criminal offense is life-changing. Not only do you have to defend yourself in court, your reputation suffers and you may even lose your job. If you are a divorced parent or in the midst of divorce proceedings, child visitation and custody may be jeopardized.

The risk of conviction is great. The prosecution has essentially unlimited resources to mount a prosecution against you. If convicted, you may lose your freedom for many years. If and when you are released from custody, you will have a permanent criminal record that will follow you the rest of your life. You need an experienced and zealous criminal defense attorney on your side.

I am a Certified Specialist, Criminal Law, The State Bar Of California Board of Legal Specialization. In my private practice at the Law Office of Stanley R. Switzer, I have 25 years of experience representing both adults and juveniles who have been arrested and charged in a California state court with any criminal offense, whether a misdemeanor or felony.

It is important that you do not talk to anyone about your case without me being present. That includes refusing to answer questions from law enforcement and not discussing your case with your family. Do not share anything with a cell mate.

I act always in your best interest. If going to trial is the best option, I will vigorously challenge the prosecution’s evidence in representing you in the courtroom. Other times, we may decide to negotiate for reduced charges and penalties.