Many people who are currently serving time in jail or prison feel strongly that their lawyer did not properly represent them. Often families of those convicted call our office wanting to see if our law firm can help them reverse the conviction of their loved one. Our law firm has been helping defendants and their families trying to reverse convictions in criminal cases so they can be freed from incarceration or to clean up their criminal record.
Does someone accused of a crime have the constitutional right to a competent and “effective” lawyer to help them fight their criminal charges?
The answer to that is YES.
The second question people ask us is what is “an effective counsel under California law?
The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article 1 §15 of the California Constitution guarantee a criminal defendant the right to effective counsel at trial. In re Lucas 2004 33 Cal. 4th the Court asserts that a defendant is entitled to the reasonably competent assistance of an attorney acting as his diligent and conscientious advocate. Having an adequate attorney is a fundamental right to trial for the defendant.
What can and does often occur when a person accused of a crime has “ineffective assistance of counsel?”
- Unjust convictions that lead to lengthy prison or jail sentences
- Years of probation after release from custody with harsh terms to comply with
- Difficulty finding employment with a criminal record.
- Loss of freedom as the accused waits in jail awaiting trial or case resolution
How can Wallin & Klarich help you?
When the family of an accused calls us and believes that their lawyer did not properly represent their loved one we give them the opportunity to speak to us on the phone without cost.
If they wish us to explore the case further to determine whether their loved one has a “fighting chance” to have their conviction reversed they can retain us for that purpose.
After the review that our law firm provides we will advise the defendant and his/her family whether we believe that there are legal grounds to attack the conviction in court. Then a decision can be made by the accused and the family to retain us to take the matter back to court.
At Wallin & Klarich, our motto is that there is no substitution for experience. Give us a call to discuss how we can use over 38 years of experience to help you.
With offices in Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Victorville, West Covina, Torrance, Los Angeles and San Diego, you can find an experienced Wallin & Klarich criminal defense attorney available near you no matter where you are located.
Contact our offices today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (714) 587-4279 for a free, no-obligation phone consultation. We will be there when you call.