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Criminal Defense

A criminal charge can impact your future in ways that you may not expect, making it challenging to secure employment or take out a loan. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, our firm provides expert criminal defense in matters involving theft, domestic violence, drug crimes, DUIs, and juvenile cases in Anaheim, CA, and throughout Southern California. Attorneys Michelle Powers and Punam Patel Grewal are former criminal prosecutors who have extensive professional qualifications with law enforcement. We are ready to fight on your behalf to preserve your quality of life. To find out how we can help, contact a criminal defense attorney today.

Powers Grewal offers our clients and prospective clients 100 percent free initial consultations. 

Practice Areas within Criminal Defense

At Powers Grewal A Professional Law Corporation, we defend against a host of criminal charges involving misdemeanor or felony narcotics charges, domestic violence charges, sex-crimes, financial and theft crimes, DUIs, life threatening situations and defense against “violent crimes” that can lead to prosecution under California’s Three Strikes Law. The types of cases we handle include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Burglary [Penal Code 459]
  • Grand Theft [Penal Code 487]
  • Petty Theft [Penal Code 488]
  • Receiving Stolen Property [Penal Code 496]
  • Embezzlement [Penal Code 503]
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance [Penal Code Health & Safety Code 11350 HS]
  • Possession for Sales [Health & Safety Code 11351 HS]
  • Sales or Transportation of a Controlled Substance [Health & Safety Code 11352 HS]
  • Possession of Methamphetamine [Health & Safety Code 11377 HS]
  • Assault [Penal Code 240]
  • Robbery [Penal Code 211]
  • Murder [Penal Code 187]
  • Kidnapping [Penal Code 207]
  • Criminal Threats [Penal Code 422]
  • Sexual Battery [Penal Code 243.4]
  • Statutory Rape [Penal Code 261.5]
  • Lewd Acts with a Child [Penal Code 288]
  • Indecent Exposure [Penal Code 314]
  • Lewd Conduct in Public [Penal Code 647(a)]
  • Prostitution Solicitation [Penal Code 647(b)]
  • Domestic Battery [Penal Code 243(e)(1)]
  • Child Endangerment or Child Abuse [Penal Codes 273(a) or (d)]
  • Corporal Injury to a Spouse or Cohabitant [Penal Code 273.5]

No matter what the circumstances or nature of the accusations made against you, we will provide skilled representation paired with the compassion, respect, and dignity that you deserve. 

An attorney and their client stand in front of the judge's bench.
Criminal defense charges may include anything from armed robbery to sexual assault. 

Understanding

The Charges You Face

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence or abuse [Penal Code section 273.5] covers injuries inflicted by the perpetrator on a current or former spouse, cohabitant, or parent of a shared child. It is usually charged as a misdemeanor, but it may be charged as a felony if it resulted in serious bodily injuries, sexual assault, or bodily harm or sexual harm to a minor. A more serious charge also may be brought if the perpetrator has prior convictions for domestic assault or other crimes.

Theft

In California, most commonly charged theft crimes include robbery, shoplifting, and burglary. To establish Burglary [Penal Code section 459], a prosecutor needs to show that the defendant went into a structure or vehicle with the intent to carry out a felony or misdemeanor. To achieve a conviction of burglary, the prosecutor does not need to prove that you were successful at accomplishing the felony or misdemeanor to be convicted of burglary. However, the intent element in this crime often can be challenged with the assistance of an aggressive criminal lawyer, and there may be other defense strategies to explore as well.

Drug Crimes

If you are charged with possession of drugs, whether for personal use or intent to sell, a criminal defense attorney can determine which defenses might apply to your case. We can challenge the stated facts/testimony/evidence in the case, target procedural errors (search and seizure violations), or identify an affirmative defense (like the right to use medical marijuana). 

We can challenge the stated evidence in the case, target procedural errors, or identify an affirmative defense.

Here are some of the most common defenses in California: (1) The drugs belong to someone else; (2) The substance is not a controlled substance or an illicit drug; (3) The seized substance no longer exists because it is lost or misplaced; or (4) The marijuana is for medical use and prescribed by a doctor.

Driving Under the Influence

When arrested for drunk driving, clients often have many questions. Is there jail time involved? Do I need a criminal defense attorney? How much will this cost? What is an arraignment? Can a DUI charge be overcome? Will I lose my license?  How do I handle the DMV?  Knowing your rights and acquiring a qualified attorney can provide answers and peace of mind before a court hearing occurs.

In the state of California, a DUI charge can lead to jail time, the suspension of driving privileges, costly penalties, and court fees. Even for a first time offender, a DUI misdemeanor charge can result in the suspension of driving privileges, up to six months of jail time, and fines and fees as as high as $4500. Court-mandated mandated drug and/or alcohol classes lasting three to nine months are also likely. For individuals with prior DUI offenses, the penalties are often even greater.

Even for a first time offender, a DUI misdemeanor charge can result in the suspension of driving privileges, up to six months of jail time, and fines and fees as as high as $4500.

A prosecuting attorney may attempt to convince you that the case against you is indisputable, but that is often misleading and incorrect. Some DUI defenses include illegal arrest/detainment, insufficient evidence, lack of probable cause for the traffic stop, mishandled evidence (breathalyzer/blood test procedures), violation of Miranda rights, or field sobriety test results. Our attorneys can examine the specifics of each case and assist in finding the most effective defense against your DUI charge. Powers Grewal is experienced and dedicated to representing you as effectively as possible.

Sex Crimes

Various sex crimes may be prosecuted under the California Penal Code. These are serious charges which should not be taken lightly. For example, Sexual Battery [Penal Code 243.4] can be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor. To establish this charge, the prosecutor must prove non-consensual touching of an intimate part of someone else that was perpetrated for sexual arousal, abuse, or gratification. A sentence for misdemeanor Sexual Battery can include a maximum of six months in jail, five years on probation, a $2,000 fine or more, and registration as a sex offender. To avert these consequences, you should consult a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who can help you build a strong case against the prosecution.

Assault/Battery

In California, Assault [Penal Code 240] is defined as an illegal attempt to cause someone else a violent injury, coupled with a present ability. Battery [Penal Code 242] is a related crime to Assault, which requires the prosecutor to prove that there was willful, unlawful contact with another person that was harmful or offensive. Aggravating circumstances can result in a charge of Aggravated Assault or Aggravated Battery, which may lead to enhanced penalties. There are many elements to these charges, each of which must be shown beyond a reasonable doubt. 

We may be able to prove that you acted in self-defense or you were defending another, that the physical force was an accident, or that you had consent to act the way you did. 

There are many techniques that a criminal defense attorney can utilize to disprove the prosecution’s case. These techniques include showing that you acted in self-defense or you were defending another, that the physical force was an accident, or that you had consent to act the way you did. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help identify and exploit the weak points of the prosecution’s case.

Many criminal offenses can be sealed or dismissed from your record, allowing you to continue living your life without the stigma of an arrest. 

What 

To Do Next

Expungement

Were you found not guilty? Were the charges dismissed or never filed? Have you received a conviction in California and want a finding of guilt set aside? Many criminal offenses can be sealed or dismissed from your record, allowing you to continue living your life without the stigma of an arrest. Penal Code Section 1203.4 allows you to file a Petition for Expungement, so that you can report to a possible employer that you have never been arrested or convicted of a crime.

Alternatively, Penal Code Section 851.8 allows you to file a Petition for Factual Innocence, if you were found not guilty, a charge was not filed, or you were arrested but the charge was dismissed. The court must find that no reasonable cause exists to believe that you committed the crime for which you were arrested. If a petition for factual innocence is granted, the court informs various entities to seal your arrest record.

Proactive Intervention

At Powers Grewal we believe that aggressive representation requires getting to work on your case immediately, as opposed to the “wait-and-see” approach favored by other defense practitioners. We will advise you on actions to be taken immediately which will help exonerate you and prevent law enforcement from gathering more evidence in your case. We can intervene before arrest or filing of charges, and before the criminal investigation is launched. We practice proactive criminal defense so that you are protected before the case is built against you.

Personalized Representation

Our firm provides individualized and personable attorney-client interaction, which helps us better understand your needs and how to best prepare your defense. For the best interest of the client, at Powers Grewal, we take your call on weekends and late nights. We provide complimentary phone consultations. We respond to urgent text messages; and we will speak to your loved ones in your time of crises.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

If you have been charged with a crime, it is in your best interest to seek legal counsel right away. Serious crimes, and even seemingly innocuous crimes, require the appropriate immediate attention. Therefore, Powers Grewal offers our clients and prospective clients 100 percent free initial consultations. We recognize that it can be disconcerting to engage an attorney without first understanding the charges and potential exposure that you are facing. Please pick up the phone today to call Powers Grewal at (909) 243-2239 for a free consultation, or send us a message online, and find out how we can help you. 

Location

Anaheim Office

Stadium Towers Plaza
2400 E Katella Ste 800
Anaheim, CA 92806

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Anaheim Office

Stadium Towers Plaza
2400 E Katella Ste 800
Anaheim, CA 92806

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