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Criminal Defense in Bakersfield, CA

No matter what drove you to call our firm, know that we are here to listen to your side of the story. No matter how contentious your case may seem, know that our firm can be your trusted partner during this difficult time. Our Bakersfield criminal defense attorneys have devoted 20 years of our practice to defending the rights of individuals in our community.

From analyzing police reports and compiling evidence to presenting your case in a compelling manner in court, our firm can handle a wide range of minor infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies with exceptional skill, professionalism, and tenacity. Take a moment to look through our areas of practice to learn more about how The Law Offices of Joe W. Whittington can help you.

The Law Offices of Joe W. Whittington Is Here for You

Assault & Battery
Many people mistakenly assume that assault and battery are the same crime, but the two are different and can carry various penalties. If you were arrested for assault or battery in Bakersfield, consult a skilled criminal defense attorney to effectively protect your rights and freedoms during this time.

Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is a type of violent crime that specifically pertains to immediate family members, such as spouses, children, parents, and partners. Penalties can include issuing a protective order against you, which may prevent you from contacting or seeing your family.

Drug Crimes
In an effort to eradicate drugs on the streets, law enforcement officers tend to make wrongful arrests or impede on people's rights by conducting illegal search and seizure raids. If you were arrested for a drug crime, a skilled attorney can be your greatest asset.

Driving Under the Influence
We can represent drivers and commercial drivers in all types of DUI cases, including first-time DUI, felony DUI, failed sobriety tests, and DMV hearings.

When an individual wants to clear his or her criminal record, the person can petition for an expungement. The legal process of expungement refers to steps that are taken to seal a criminal record from public view. Once a record has been expunged, it is as if the arrest never happened.

Felony crimes include more serious offenses and can be penalized with much more severe consequences than misdemeanors. Felony crimes can result in state prison or jail sentences of more than 12 months.

Misdemeanors are typically reserved for less severe crimes and consequences. Misdemeanor sentences typically carry less than 12 months of incarceration. Even though misdemeanors carry less harsh consequences, they can still result in a permanent criminal record.

Property Crimes
Property crimes are classified as crimes that are committed against property. In the state of California, property can be defined as money or other property, such as a car, home, merchandise, or identification.

Sex Crimes
Many sex crime arrests arise from inaccurate information and fraudulent accusations. If you have been accused of a sex crime, having an attorney by your side who believes in your cause can be your greatest defense and protection during this time.

Speeding Tickets
If you have been issued a speeding ticket, there can be many implications. Not only will you be asked to pay a fine for the ticket, but having a speeding ticket on your driving record could cause your insurance rates to increase. Remember, you have the right to contest your speeding ticket!

Theft Crimes
Crimes that involve taking someone else's property as your own and without the intent of returning it to the original owner can be classified as theft crimes. From shoplifting or petty theft, anyone who is accused of a theft crime will need to seek legal representation immediately.

Traffic Tickets
Any traffic ticket that is left uncontested could cause your insurance premiums to rise or even result in driver's license suspension, revocation, or cancellation. In many cases, we are able to fight traffic tickets by identifying police officer errors, so call our attorneys for the defense you need.

Violent Crimes
Some of the most harshly punished crimes in California's justice system includes violent crimes. If you were arrested for a violent crime, such as assault, battery, domestic violence, or aggravated assault, you must retain an attorney as soon as possible. You could be facing the highest penalties.

White Collar Crimes
Known as sophisticated, financial crimes, white collar crimes are typically non-violent in nature and can involve the use of fraud. If you have been accused of a white collar crime, do not hesitate to consult a legal professional who can protect your reputation from such a harmful allegation.

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At The Law Offices of Joe W. Whittington, our clients are always considered innocent. We are proud to represent real people who are facing real problems. Our California criminal defense lawyers tackle each case head-on and can work closely with you so you can feel comfortable confiding in us in a non-adversarial environment.

If you wish to learn more about how our firm can be of assistance in your specific case, we are here to answer any of your immediate questions. Contact our firm today and we can schedule a free case evaluation with you in person or over the phone.

Our office serves Fresno, Lamont, Arvin, California City, Ridgecrest, Shafter, Wasco, Oildale, Kern County, Rosedale, McFarland, Tehachapi, Delano, Porterville, Tulare, Taft, Hanford, and the surrounding areas.