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Criminal Law

Attorney Eskin has been on both sides of the criminal legal system, having began her career in the 9th Circuit State Attorney’s office in Orange County and then serving as an Assistant Public Defender in the Orange County Public Defender’s office. Attorney Eskin uses her decades of experience handling both misdemeanor and felony cases to get the best outcomes for her clients, whether that is through a plea or taking the case to trial.

Criminal cases range from misdemeanor charges such as petite theft, driving under the influence or driving while licensed suspended to felonies, such as sale or possession of controlled substances like cocaine, aggravated battery, or enhanced offenses which occur with repeat charges of theft or DUI. Often with first offenses and the consent of the victim, those charged may be able to enter into a contract with the state attorney’s office to complete a certain list of tasks after which the charge may be dropped. Perhaps entry of a plea of no contest will result in withhold of adjudication, which may be necessary to retain certain jobs. And sometimes, a brief jail term to avoid a longer period of probation where violation of certain rules such as observance of a curfew or paying a probation fee subjects the accused to the likelihood of further court involvement.

Getting involved with an experienced criminal defense attorney early in the process can mean reduction in numbers of court appearances, a reasonable negotiated plea or having a plea dropped in return for specific and positive actions on the part of the accused. The earlier an attorney becomes involved, the better the outcome can be during a time of crisis for someone unjustly accused and even for someone who has made a mistake resulting in criminal charges, who simply wants to have the best possible outcome to keep future options open.

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