ACCUSED OF A CRIMINAL OFFENSE IN SAN MATEO?

If you’ve been accused of a misdemeanor or a serious felony – whether in San Mateo county or elsewhere in the Bay Area – our goal is always the complete dismissal of all charges. If this isn’t possible, we often negotiate solutions for our clients that allow them to avoid jail and sometimes even prosecution.

SUMMIT DEFENSE ATTORNEYS
BURLINGAME OFFICE

 

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Burlingame, CA 94010
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A criminal lawyer can convince the District Attorney not to charge the case or resolve cases through civil compromise.

Our criminal lawyers want you home because fighting your case out of jail is a huge advantage.

Our criminal lawyers are battle-tested, aggressive, and rely on each other while fighting for you.

Our criminal attorneys are former district attorneys and police officers who understand the system works to get you the best results possible.

Our team can leverage the vast expertise of our team to help you keep your job, license, etc.

Our team includes an expert Immigration attorney to help you avoid deportation proceedings.

A criminal lawyer can convince the District Attorney not to charge the case or resolve cases through civil compromise.

Our criminal lawyers want you home because fighting your case out of jail is a huge advantage.

Our team can leverage the vast expertise of our team to help you keep your job, license, etc.

Our criminal lawyers are battle-tested, aggressive, and rely on each other while fighting for you.

Our criminal attorneys are former district attorneys and police officers who understand the system works to get you the best results possible.

Our team includes an expert Immigration attorney to help you avoid deportation proceedings.

Summit Defense is San Mateo’s Premiere Criminal Defense Team.  We handle felony and misdemeanor matters arising in San Mateo counties.  Our Burlingame office serves residents of Redwood City, Millbrae, Daily City, Atherton, Half Moon Bay, Brisbane, Foster City, Woodside and Belmont.  Criminal matters in San Mateo county are handled by the Superior court  in Redwood City.

Some of the more common types of criminal cases we handle in San Mateo are:

 

Some of the more common Crimes we handle are:
 
  • Domestic Violence – While spousal battery is the most common type of domestic violence arrests, there are various other types of arrests and prosecution that fall under the umbrella of “domestic Violence.  These include, child abuse, elder abuse, criminal threats, and even vandalism.  The crime of Domestic violence is serious and can be life altering not only in terms of criminal penalties but in terms of collateral consequences.  Our San Mateo Domestic Violence lawyers will provide you with the most aggressive defense possible that will assure the ultimate resolution of your case.
  • DUI/Drunk Driving –  Summit Defense Criminal Attorneys are experts at fighting both misdemeanor and felony DUI charges.  Our attorneys have successfully defended hundreds of DUI charges in Redwood city and San Mateo and litigated many DUI trials.  There is not substitute for experience when it comes to picking a Oakland DUI lawyer.  Our team relies on each other’s experience, motions and background to devise the best strategy  for your DUI case.
  • Theft and Shoplifting – Theft is defined as the taking of another’s property without permission.  The classification of Grand theft (P.C. 487) versus )Petty Theft (PC 484)  has to do with the value of the item taken.  If you have been accused of or arrested for a theft crime, our Redwood city and San Mateo Theft lawyers will help you devise the best strategy to successfully resolve your case whether that involves counselling, civil compromise or other avenues to dismiss your case and keep your record clean.
  • Sex Offenses – Summit Defense Criminal Attorneys has a focus on sex crime defense and our attorneys have successfully defended clients accused of crimes such as possession of child pornography (Penal Code 311) , child molestation (Penal code 288), lewd conduct (penal code 647A), indecent exposure (penal code 314  rape as well as other sex offenses. These cases are often based on circumstantial evidence and are defensible. If they are not properly handled, they can result in serious repercussions which include lengthy sentences and lifetime sex crime registration. Our approach includes the use of professional psychological evaluations, in-depth investigation by our private investigator and expert trial attorneys.
  • Embezzlement – Over the years, Summit Defense has helped many clients resolve Embezzlement charges (penal code 503) either by out of court settlement, plea negotiation or court trial.  If you have been arrested or accused of embezzlement, it is imperative that you contact a San Mateo Embezzlement attorney immediately.  Don’t wait for the detective to contact you.  These cases require a pro active approach.
  • Hit and Run – If you are the driver of a vehicle that was involved in an accident which resulted in damage to another parties’ property and you did not immediately stop your car at the nearest possible location, and identify yourself to the other party or parties you may be charged with a hit and run. Our San Mateo Hit and Run attorneys  include former prosecutors and a former police officer, so we know how to resolve these cases with civil compromise, diversion and dismissal. For both felonies and misdemeanors our goal will be to keep your driving privileges intact and to avoid a criminal record.

 

 

I’VE BEEN ARRESTED IN SAN MATEO. WHERE WILL MY COURT BE?

 

If you are charged with committing an offense in San Mateo, your case will be dealt with at the Hall of Justice and Records, at 400 County Center, Redwood City. If you need to attend the Traffic Court, however, you will need to go to the Southern Branch of the Court on the corner of Hamilton Street and Middlefield Road, at 500 County Center, Redwood City.

If you have an attorney, they will let you know exactly which courthouse and department your case is in. Further, a list of all cases is posted at the courthouse each morning. The list tells you which courtroom each case is in, and who the presiding judge is.

 

DO I HAVE TO ATTEND COURT, OR CAN MY ATTORNEY GO FOR ME?

 

An advantage to having an attorney represent you is that, in many cases, they can go to court for you. Your attorney can attend court for you in all misdemeanor cases, except domestic violence matters. If you have been charged with a felony, however, you must attend court. You must also attend court in any case where the judge orders you to appear.

 

 

CAN I LOOK UP THE REDWOOD CITY COURT CALENDAR ONLINE?

 

No, you cannot access the court calendar for Redwood City online. Your Summit Defense attorney will let you know when your case is next listed, and give you plenty of notice if you need to attend court. If you do not have an attorney, you can contact the courthouse on (650) 363-4711 from 10am to 2pm Monday to Thursday, and from 10am to 12 noon on Fridays, to find out when your case is next in court.

 

 

WHERE IS THE JAIL FOR BURLINGAME AND REDWOOD CITY?

 

Most people who are arrested in the San Mateo area will initially be taken to the Maple Street Transitional Facility. This is located at 1580 Maple Street, Redwood City. This is the jail where all inmates are received and processed. Some prisoners will stay there if they remain in custody, and others are transferred to the Maguire Correctional Facility, located at 300 Bradford Street, Redwood City. Note that there is a women’s only facility at the Maple Street Jail, and that only men are housed at the Maguire Correctional Facility.

The San Mateo Sheriff’s Department runs both of these facilities. To check where an inmate is being held, you can contact the Maple Street Facility on Phone (650) 363-4310, and the Maguire Correctional Facility on (650) 363-4000.

 

 

HOW DO I VISIT SOMEONE IN JAIL IN REDWOOD CITY?

 

To visit an inmate held at one of the Redwood City Jails, you need to attend the correct jail during the scheduled visiting hours. Each jail has a different visiting schedule, which are displayed on the Sheriff’s Department website here and here.

Once you know the applicable visiting time, you need to arrive at the jail between one hour and fifteen minutes before visiting time starts. This is because you have to go through the registration process, and also through a security check. You need to make sure that you allow plenty of time for those processes to occur because visit times can often be crowded.

Before you visit an inmate in either of the Redwood City jails, you need to be familiar with the rules for visitors. There are strict rules about what you need to wear, who can visit inmates, how many visitors an inmate can have at one time, and what property you are allowed and not allowed to take into the jail. A full list of the rules is displayed on the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department website, underneath the visiting times schedule for each jail. Beware that if you do not follow the rules, you may be prohibited from visiting at all.

 

 

HOW DO I HELP MY FRIEND OR RELATIVE BAIL OUT IN SAN MATEO AND REDWOOD CITY?

 

After someone is arrested, their bail is set either at the police station when they are booked, or after they have appeared in court before a judge. Unless they are released on their own recognizance, bail will need to be posted before they can be released.

To post bail for someone who has been arrested in Redwood city, and is being held at one of the Redwood City Jails, you need to attend that jail. There is a cashier’s window in the lobby of each jail, and you can pay either cash bail or post a bail bond.

If you are represented by Summit Defense Attorneys, we can recommend a bail bonds company that offers our clients a discount. In some cases, it may be possible to post a property bond if the accused person, or someone willing to post bail for them, owns a house or some other kind of property. If you would like to know if it’s possible to post a property bond in your case, speak to your attorney for more information.

 

 

CAN I LOOK UP MY BURLINGAME OR REDWOOD CITY CRIMINAL RECORD ONLINE?

 

No, you cannot – official criminal records are not available online. You can, however, search the court records index online, here. You can also attend the court and ask to view files in person, or request copies of your criminal court records by mail.

To request a copy of your criminal record by mail, you will need to provide:

  • Case Number
  • Defendant’s Name
  • Approximate Filed date of the document or description
  • Self-addressed postage paid envelope
  • Appropriate fee

If you don’t have your case number, you can find it by searching the court records index online. Requests should be sent to the San Mateo Superior Court, Criminal Division, 400 County Center, 4th Floor, Redwood City, California 94063.

If you need a full and complete copy of your criminal record, such as for expungement proceedings, you must apply for an official copy from the California Department of Justice. This requires fingerprinting at an accredited livescan facility, submission of a form, and the appropriate fee. More information can be found on the Department of Justice website, here.