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San Bernardino Criminal Defense Attorney

Fighting Criminal Charges in San Bernardino & Riverside

Our firm works diligently for those who have been charged for crimes. With our team's extensive knowledge of the law and the court systems, we have been able to gain successful outcomes for many of our clients. We only focus on the area of criminal defense so that we are able to excel in what we do.

Types of Cases We Defend

For decades, Attorney Mark McDonald has been fighting on behalf of the accused throughout the Inland Empire. He is adept at aggressively representing the rights of individuals facing all manner of criminal charges.

Even if you do not see the type of case you are dealing with in the above list, we handle all types of criminal cases. For further information, schedule a consultation with an attorney at our criminal defense firm today.

Understanding the Arrest Process in CA

The beginning of a criminal case starts at the arrest. The details of this event will be important and will be scrutinized if the case moves further along in the process. If the case eventually goes to trial than each aspect of the arrest will likely be looked over.

Officer Must Have Probable Cause for Arrest

In order for an officer to make an arrest, probable cause must exist. This means that there must be a reason for the citizen being taken into custody. Officers cannot arrest at will and they need to be able to provide a reason for their actions. The arrest can be done through the use of an arrest warrant which will need to be obtained by a judge. The judge will also need to be given enough reason if they are going to provide the warrant.

Many times, an officer does not have the time to go and get a warrant and instead they need to make a fast decision. If they make the arrest based on their own judgment, they will need to be able to prove later on that there was a reason to do so.

Officer Must Read Your Rights

When a citizen is taken into custody, legally they will need to be read their rights.

The Miranda Warning should be given by the officer and include the following:

  • Right to remain silent and not answer questions.
  • What a suspect says at this time can be held against them in a court of law.
  • Right to consult an attorney prior to speaking with officers.
  • If a suspect cannot afford an attorney then one will be appointed.
  • They can choose to stop answering questions at any time.
  • Understanding their rights, they will be asked if they are willing to answer questions.

If you were not read your rights or the officer missed any of the above when reading you your rights, you should speak to an attorney, as this can be essential in defending your charges.

Steps After the Arrest

Once you have been arrested, there are a few ways that it can go. No matter which avenue it takes, speak to a lawyer who is knowledgeable and can investigate not only your arrest but also how your booking and bail were handled to ensure that your rights were protected throughout the entire process.

Next, the case can go one of three ways:

  • The suspect can post bail if it is being offered and they will need to return on the court date.
  • They may not have the option of bail and will need to remain in court.
  • The charge may be dropped due to a number of reasons and the suspect will then be released.

No matter the situation surrounding your arrest, by retaining legal counsel from Attorney McDonald, you can feel confident that your rights will be protected.

Already Convicted? We Can Still Help.

Some charges may be expunged, allowing you the chance to move forward from them and keep the information of a past incident private. We can also help with writs and appeals for existing charges. Additionally, we have experience representing individuals dealing with parole violation charges and probation issues.

Contact our criminal defense lawyer for a consultation about your criminal charges in San Bernardino today.