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Hayward

Defense for Hayward Residents Charged with Crimes

When compared with other cities of the same size, Hayward's crime rate is substantially higher than the average. The city, which has approximately 100,000 residents, experiences about 600 violent crimes each year, including rape, murder, and armed robbery, and around 5,000 crimes against property, such as theft, larceny, and burglary. Criminal charges do not always lead to a conviction, however, and criminal defendants should receive a fair trial and a thorough defense. Hayward criminal defense lawyer John W. Noonan acts as an assertive advocate on behalf of his clients, and he will zealously pursue a favorable result in your case.

How to Obtain a Hayward Police Report

A person seeking a police report for a crime committed in Hayward must request a copy of the report from the Hayward Police Department. Requests can be made in person or by mail at Hayward Police Department, Front Counter, 300 W. Winton Avenue, Hayward, CA 94544. Reports are typically ready within 10 business days of when the request is submitted and can be picked up at the Police Department on Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am through 6:00 pm. The cost of a report is $16.00. Pursuant to California law, some reports will be redacted, and others will not be released.

Constitutional Rights of People Charged with Crimes

Facing criminal charges can be a harrowing ordeal, and it is common for criminal defendants to feel as if they have no hope of retaining their liberties. There are numerous rights granted to criminal defendants by the state and federal Constitutions, though, and these rights help protect them from unjust convictions. You should make sure to consult a criminal defense attorney in Hayward so that you understand the scope of your rights.

One of the greatest rights afforded to all citizens is the right to be free from an unreasonable search or seizure. This has been interpreted to mean that a person or their property cannot be searched absent a warrant, except in exigent circumstances. Additionally, even if a search is conducted pursuant to a warrant, the search cannot exceed the scope of the warrant. Thus, if there is any evidence that was obtained during an inappropriate search, the defendant can move to preclude the prosecution from introducing the evidence at trial.

Criminal defendants are also protected from self-incrimination. In other words, a criminal defendant cannot be forced to give a statement or testimony that would implicate him or her in the commission of a crime. This right extends from the time that a criminal defendant is originally detained through the conclusion of any trial on criminal charges. Criminal suspects must be advised of their rights, including the right against self-incrimination, via a Miranda warning when they are taken into custody. A Hayward criminal defense attorney can help a defendant file a motion to prohibit the State from introducing any incriminating statements that he or she made without being advised of his or her rights.

Consult an Experienced Attorney After an Arrest in Hayward

The police and the prosecutors for the State must comply with the requirements imposed by law in prosecuting a criminal case. If they violate a criminal defendant’s rights, they may be prohibited from introducing evidence against the defendant. If you are charged with a crime in Hayward, it is wise to consult an experienced attorney to discuss the rights that you are granted under state and federal laws. John W. Noonan is a trusted attorney who will work tirelessly to protect your rights and to develop a plan to seek the best results achievable under the facts of your case. Mr. Noonan has an office in Dublin and an office in Manteca, and he regularly represents people facing criminal charges in cities throughout the East Bay and surrounding areas. You can contact us through the form online or at 925-479-0033 to set up a meeting with a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer in the Hayward area.