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Criminal Defense

If you have been arrested, you have a right to defend yourself. Both the U.S. Constitution and the laws of the State of California afford critical protections to people who find themselves in the criminal justice system. In addition to the Sixth Amendment right to effective counsel and a trial by a jury of their peers, a defendant in a criminal case also has a Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination, a Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and the right to due process of law provided by the Fifth and Fourteenth of Amendments.

When a defendant is arrested, the State has the burden of proving every element of the charged offense beyond a reasonable doubt, the highest burden of proof in a court of law. 

In a criminal case, a defendant has the right a jury trial. A jury of 12 determines the facts of the case, while the judge makes rulings on the law and makes sentencing decisions. 

If you are under suspicion of a crime or involved in an investigation, even if you have not been formally arrested or charged, you should take the time to learn about your legal options. Knowledgeable criminal defense attorney Natalia Matusik can help you review your case and determine a strategy for defeating the charges against you or at least minimizing the adverse consequences of a conviction.

If you have been arrested, call attorney Natalia Matusik immediately!

Practice Areas

  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Offenses
  • DUIs 
  • Vehicular Manslaughter 
  • Sex Offenses
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Assault and Battery
  • Theft Offenses 

Defenses in Criminal Cases

If you have been accused of a crime, you will have to appear in court. The accused in this situation is known as the defendant.

The prosecution is the government agency, which needs to prove the criminal charges against you. The burden is on the prosecution to prove each element of the charged crime beyond a reasonable doubt. A criminal defendant does have any obligation to present any evidence or present any criminal defense. The burden of proving the case rests solely on the prosecution. 

However, in most cases a skilled criminal defense attorney will likely want to establish some sort of criminal defense to prevent a conviction. 

A criminal defense is a strategic argument that attempts to challenge the validity and sufficiency of the prosecution’s evidence. 

The criminal defense you choose to use will depend on the crime you are charged with and the evidence you have at your disposal. 

If you have been arrested, call attorney Natalia Matusik immediately!