Livermore has a relatively high rate of crime each year, and people living there have approximately a one in 40 chance of becoming a victim of a crime. The crimes most often committed there are crimes against property, such as theft, larceny, and burglary. Over 2,000 crimes against property occur there each year. About 200 violent crimes, such as aggravated assault, armed robbery, and murder, are committed annually in Livermore. It is vital for anyone in this area who is charged with a crime to retain a Livermore criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to assist them in developing a persuasive defense. John W. Noonan has over five decades of experience handling criminal cases, and he can zealously advocate on your behalf.How to Obtain a Livermore Police Report
Anyone seeking a police report may submit a request in person at the Livermore Police Station, which is located at 1110 South Livermore Avenue. The request must be made during regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, except for holidays. The cost of a police report is $10.00. The fee is waived for victims named in the report, however. Requests for reports are completed within five to 10 business days from when they are submitted. Anyone who requested a report is advised to contact the Records office to see if the report is complete before attempting to retrieve the report. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Records office either in person or by calling (925) 371-4900.How California Criminal Cases Proceed
There are several steps between an arrest and a verdict in California criminal cases, and understanding the process is important for anyone charged with a crime. A criminal defense attorney can guide Livermore residents through each step of the process. After a defendant is arrested, he or she will be arraigned. During the arraignment, the defendant will be advised of the crime with which he or she is charged. In California, crimes are categorized as infractions, misdemeanors, or felonies, in escalating order of severity. The defendant also will be advised of his or her rights and asked to enter a plea.
In cases in which the defendant is charged with a misdemeanor or infraction, the court will set a date for trial. If the defendant faces felony charges, however, the court will hold a preliminary hearing to determine if the State has adequate evidence to try the defendant. If the court finds the State’s evidence to be sufficient, it will schedule the case for trial. If the case proceeds to trial, the defendant has the right to choose whether the trial will be conducted in front of a jury or decided by a judge. Although the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime, regardless of whether a case is tried before a judge or a jury, the defendant does not need to present any evidence unless he or she chooses to do so.Common Types of Defenses
Even if the State has evidence against you, a Livermore criminal defense attorney may be able to help you set forth a defense to the crime with which you are charged to avoid a conviction. For example, if you are charged with assault or another crime that involves using force against someone else, you may be able to argue that your actions were taken in self-defense. To prove that you were acting in self-defense, you must show that you reasonably believed that you were faced with a threat of death or serious harm. If you are charged with theft or trespass, on the other hand, you may be able to argue that you had permission or consent to enter or take the property, and therefore you lacked criminal intent.Discuss Your Charges with an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
People charged with crimes often go through an array of emotions and may feel powerless when faced with the potential loss of their freedom. Attorney John W. Noonan has the skills and knowledge needed to provide you with a strong chance of a successful outcome and will work diligently to help you retain your liberties. Mr. Noonan represents people in criminal matters throughout the East Bay and the Tri-Valley area. You can contact Mr. Noonan at 925-479-0033 or via the form online to set up a confidential and free meeting with a criminal defense lawyer in Livermore regarding your charges.