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Legal Advocacy for Residents of Manteca Facing Prosecution

Being charged with a crime is an unsettling experience, and criminal defendants in Manteca are often anxious about the status of their future and uncertain as to their rights under the law. Property crimes in the area, such as arson, theft, and burglary, are occurring at increasing rates. Recently, about 2,000 property crimes occur in Manteca each year. If you were charged with a crime, it is important to engage a Manteca criminal defense lawyer with the knowledge and experience needed to assist you in formulating a strong defense. Attorney John W. Noonan has more than five decades of experience working in the criminal courts of California, and he regularly helps Manteca residents who are facing criminal charges fight to retain their liberties.

Obtaining a Manteca Police Report

Many people in Manteca want to find out about their arrest or conviction record. Any person seeking to obtain a police report for a crime allegedly committed in any city in San Joaquin County, including Manteca, must do so through the Records Division of the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office (the Office), which is located at 7000 Michael N. Canlis Boulevard in French Camp. The Office bears the responsibility for recording and maintaining any records pertaining to incidents that were reported to or investigated by the Office, including police reports.

A person seeking a copy of a Manteca police report can either fill out a request form in the Office or send a request to the Office through the mail. In most instances, the cost of the report is $10, but larger reports may cost more. A party seeking a report must show proper identification, and reports will only be released if the current criminal laws and procedures permit the release of such information. The Office serves as the central processing unit for criminal records, and it is responsible for releasing information and copies of criminal and custody records to other law enforcement agencies and the public.

California Criminal Procedures

Following an arrest, a defendant may be charged with an infraction, misdemeanor, or felony. In California, while some crimes are clearly defined as felonies or misdemeanors, others may be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor, based on the particular facts of the alleged crime. A Manteca criminal defense attorney can advise you on how your charges may be classified.

Following an arrest, a defendant will be arraigned and will enter a plea. While the instinct in most cases is to enter a not guilty plea, sometimes it may be beneficial to agree to enter a guilty or no contest plea in exchange for a lenient sentence. An experienced criminal defense attorney can discuss which type of plea may provide you with the best chance of a favorable outcome under the facts of your case.

Following the arraignment, if the defendant is charged with a felony, he or she will have a preliminary hearing to determine if there is sufficient evidence to proceed with the case. If the court finds the evidence to be sufficient, the case will be scheduled for a trial. If the defendant is charged with an infraction or misdemeanor, the court will simply schedule a trial date.

Many cases resolve in the time between the arraignment and the trial, so retaining a criminal defense lawyer in Manteca during that stage is critical. If the case does not resolve, however, a defendant has the right to choose whether the trial will be held in front of a jury or a judge. During the trial, the State must prove that the defendant committed the offense alleged beyond a reasonable doubt to obtain a conviction. In other words, the State must show that the evidence is sufficient to preclude any reasonable belief that the defendant is not guilty of the alleged crime. The burden of proof rests solely with the State, which means that criminal defendants do not need to prove anything to avoid a conviction. However, a defendant and their attorney still should make sure to develop a comprehensive defense strategy to attack the prosecution’s case.

Speak with a Knowledgeable Criminal Defense Attorney

A criminal conviction can not only impair your liberties but also hinder you financially, professionally, and socially. If you are charged with a crime in Manteca, it is imperative to speak with a criminal defense attorney to discuss your available options. Attorney John W. Noonan is a seasoned criminal defense attorney serving the Manteca area who will work diligently to help you protect your rights. You can contact Mr. Noonan at 925-479-0033 or through the online form to schedule a meeting to discuss your case.