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Criminal Attorney Representing Defendants in Pleasanton

The crime rate in Pleasanton is much higher than the national average and higher than more than half of the other cities in California, with close to 2,000 crimes committed annually. Most of the crimes committed there are crimes against property, such as theft, motor vehicle theft, arson, and burglary. Additionally, a smaller number of violent crimes, such as assault, rape, and murder, are committed each year. In any area in which there is a high rate of crime, there is likely to be a high number of people charged with crimes as well. If you are accused of a crime, it is important to meet with a Pleasanton criminal defense lawyer to discuss your case. Attorney John W. Noonan has more than 55 years of experience navigating the California criminal court system. Mr. Noonan knows that a criminal conviction may permanently harm your future, and he will work diligently to help you present an aggressive defense.

Getting a Pleasanton Police Report

The Pleasanton Police Department will allow only authorized parties to obtain copies of releasable crime reports. The website for the Pleasanton police department notes that Government Code 6254 restricts the release of certain reports. If the person who wishes to get a Pleasanton police report is the person who was arrested or the suspect in the report, he or she must obtain a copy of the report through the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. Anyone else seeking to purchase a copy of a releasable crime report must contact the Support Services Unit of the Pleasanton Police Department. The Pleasanton Police Department is located at 4833 Bernal Avenue, and the telephone number for the Police Department is (925) 931-5100. The cost of police reports is $1.00 for reports up to 10 pages, and an additional $0.10 per page for reports over 10 pages.

Rights Afforded to Criminal Defendants in California

Being charged with a crime is unnerving, and criminal defendants may feel as if the State has an unfair advantage, but they have important rights under state and federal laws. A criminal defense attorney in Pleasanton can help them assert these rights. For example, people are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures by the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In other words, people cannot be searched without a warrant or probable cause, and the State may be prohibited from introducing any evidence that is obtained through an inappropriate search at trial.

Under the California Constitution, criminal defendants also have a right to be advised of the exact crime with which they are charged through an indictment or information. Under the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, criminal defendants cannot be forced to testify or give any statement that might incriminate them. The right against self-incrimination extends from the initial investigation through any trial.

What the State Must Prove to Obtain a Conviction

While criminal defendants do not have any burden of proof in a criminal trial and do not need to offer any evidence of their innocence, the State must meet a high burden of proof to obtain a conviction. Pleasanton criminal defense attorney John W. Noonan will make sure to hold the State to this demanding standard. Specifically, the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person charged with a crime committed each element of the crime to prove that the person is guilty. There is no statutory definition of what constitutes proof beyond a reasonable doubt, but courts have suggested that it means that the evidence weighs so heavily in favor of the defendant’s guilt that a reasonable person could not come to any conclusion other than that the defendant committed the crime.

Speak With a Knowledgeable Criminal Attorney

Criminal charges should never be taken lightly, since criminal convictions can detrimentally affect a person's liberties, finances, employment, and relationships. If you are charged with a crime, it is prudent to speak with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to discuss the circumstances surrounding your arrest. John W. Noonan is an adept criminal defense lawyer serving the Pleasanton area who can thoroughly advise you on your options for seeking the most favorable result possible in your case. You can reach Mr. Noonan through the online form or at 925-479-0033 to schedule a meeting to discuss your next steps.