Criminal Defense

Napa County Criminal Defense Firm

Defending Those Who Are Facing Criminal Charges in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. 

When your future and freedom are on the line, who you choose to defend you becomes a critical decision. At Wilber Law Offices, we believe that your choice of attorney may be a turning point in your life. Depending on the situation, you may be at risk for jail or prison time, hefty fines, years of probation, and other court-ordered rulings. A conviction of your offense will also burden you with the collateral damage of a permanent criminal record that can reduce your chances for future employment, housing, professional licenses, and advanced education. For non-citizens, a criminal record can put you at risk for deportation. 

With the high stakes involved in criminal charges, you owe it to yourself to put proven and aggressive defenders on your side. Wilber Law Offices gives you that option. Our team of established trial lawyers brings decades of experience to your side; this experience includes not only negotiating with prosecutors, seeking diversion programs where applicable, reduced charges, or reduced sentencing but a history of favorable trial results as well. At our firm, we do it all in terms of criminal defense. We cover all eventualities, from plea bargains to litigation before judges and juries. 

Have you been accused of a crime? Call Wilber Law Offices today at (707) 289-7006 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our criminal defense firm in Napa County.

What Is Criminal Defense?

Criminal defense is the strategic legal representation provided by lawyers to individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. This legal field encompasses the protection of the accused’s rights throughout the entire judicial process, from the initial arrest and arraignment through to trial, including plea negotiations, and even appeals if necessary. A core principle of criminal defense is the presumption of innocence until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

What Do Criminal Defense Lawyers Do?

Criminal defense lawyers ensure that individuals charged with crimes receive a fair and unbiased treatment within the criminal justice system. They serve as the charged individual's advocate, working tirelessly to safeguard their rights and to build a strong defense on their behalf. This involves scrutinizing the evidence, identifying legal issues, and presenting persuasive arguments that can lead to dropped charges, reduced sentences, or even complete acquittal. With an in-depth understanding of criminal law and procedure, these attorneys offer indispensable guidance, helping their clients navigate through the complexities of the legal process with confidence and dignity.

The services provided by criminal defense attorneys include:

  • Legal Consultation: Offering expert legal advice and insights into the nature of the charges, potential outcomes, and the best course of action.
  • Case Investigation: Conducting a thorough investigation of the case to uncover evidence, interview witnesses, and develop effective defense strategies.
  • Evidence Analysis: Reviewing the prosecution's evidence for any legal or factual inconsistencies and identifying any potential defense evidence.
  • Plea Bargaining: Negotiating with prosecutors to reach a plea deal that may result in reduced charges or a lighter sentence.
  • Trial Representation: Representing clients in court, presenting evidence, cross-examining witnesses, and arguing on behalf of the defendant to achieve the best possible outcome.
  • Sentencing Assistance: In cases where a conviction is unavoidable, working to secure the most favorable sentencing terms possible, including arguing for alternative sentences such as rehabilitation programs.
  • Appeals: If necessary, filing appeals against wrongful convictions or unfair sentences, including preparing and presenting appellate arguments.
  • Protection of Rights: Ensuring that the client's constitutional rights are protected throughout the criminal justice process, including the right to a fair trial and the right to remain silent.

How Do I Find the Right Criminal Defense Attorney for Me?

Finding the right criminal defense attorney is crucial because the quality of your defense can significantly affect the outcome of your case. An attorney who is well-versed in criminal law and has extensive experience with the courts and legal system in your area can make a substantial difference. This professional will not only understand the intricacies of the law but will also possess the negotiation skills and trial experience necessary to advocate effectively on your behalf. The right attorney can strategize a strong defense, negotiate better plea deals, or achieve a not-guilty verdict, thereby minimizing the impact of criminal charges on your life.

To find the right criminal defense lawyer for your case, consider these steps:

  1. Research Qualified Lawyers: Begin by searching for attorneys who have experience in criminal defense within your jurisdiction. Websites, legal directories, and the local bar association can be valuable resources.
  2. Evaluate Experience and Reputation: Consider the lawyer's experience, including years in practice and case outcomes. Reviews, testimonials, and professional accolades can shed light on their reputation.
  3. Schedule Consultations: Most attorneys offer free initial consultations. Use this opportunity to discuss your case, understand their approach, and gauge your comfort level with their style and personality.
  4. Discuss Legal Fees: Understand how the attorney charges (hourly rate, flat fee, etc.) and get an estimate for your case. Discuss any additional costs you might incur.
  5. Assess Communication: Choose a lawyer who communicates clearly and promptly. Your attorney should be accessible and willing to explain complex legal concepts in understandable terms.
  6. Trust Your Instincts: Ultimately, select an attorney who makes you feel comfortable and confident in their ability to represent you effectively.

By carefully considering these steps, you can find a criminal defense attorney who is well-equipped to protect your rights and interests, guiding you through the legal process with expertise and compassion.

Criminal Defense Cases We Handle

Our team of Napa County attorneys has represented thousands of individuals throughout decades of criminal defense practice. We have always been impassioned defenders backed by the belief that everyone deserves top-quality legal representation in the face of criminal accusations. Our team will give you the voice you need and the aggressive advocacy you deserve throughout your case. With our experienced counsel, you can have confidence that any decisions you make along the way will be right for you. 

Our criminal defense practice includes representation for all criminal charges and issues, including but not limited to:

  • DUI
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug offenses
  • Theft offenses
  • White collar crimes
  • Violent crimes
  • Gang-related crimes
  • Computer/internet crimes
  • Assault and battery 
  • Child endangerment
  • Environmental crimes
  • Reckless driving
  • Gun and weapon charges
  • Driving on a suspended or revoked license
  • Probation violations
  • Expungements
  • Clearing warrants
  • Three Strikes Law

Contact Our Criminal Defense Firm Today

No matter what you are charged with, your first order of business should be to contact our firm to get an assessment of your case, our take on how best to proceed, and the legal protections we offer so that you can move forward with a strong professional ally on your side. 

Contact Wilber Law Offices today to get started on your defense.

No Jail Time
Client charged with a violation of probation and 3rd DUI - a wet reckless with no jail time was offered prior to the start of litigation of a suppression motion.
  • Case Dismissed
    Battery charge dismissed halfway through trial, and the jury hung on the resisting charge.
  • Case Dismissed
    But case later overturned on appeal based on arguments made by our counsel during the trial that the blood test was inadmissible and that there was no time of driving established by the evidence.
  • “Awesome, awesome firm. Ryan by far excided my expectations. He has a close relationship with all the players in Napa county's the DA's office. Has worked with them for many years.” - Shaun K.
  • “My husbands case was resolved fairly and no jail time :). I HIGHLY RECOMMEND RYAN WILBER'S SERVICES TO ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS.” - Astrid M.
  • “If you need legal help I fully recommend them! If your looking for an experienced trial lawyer this is the team you want to hire.” - William H.

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