ACCUSED OF A CRIMINAL OFFENSE IN ALAMEDA OR CONTRA COSTA COUNTY?

If you’ve been accused of a misdemeanor or a serious felony – whether in Alameda or Contra Costa county – 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.  Our Oakland office handles any criminal matter arising served by court in Oakland, Pleasanton, Fremont, Hayward, Martinez, Pittsburg and Richmond.

SUMMIT DEFENSE ATTORNEYS
PLEASANTON OFFICE

 

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6200 Stoneridge Mall Road, Suite 300
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Phone: 925-218-4730
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WE CAN HELP YOU WITH:

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.

Pleasanton Criminal Lawyers

Summit Defense is the Northern California’s premier Criminal Defense law Firm.  We handle all misdemeanor, felony and juvenile cases arising in the East Bay regions Dublin-Pleasanton and Livermore.  With Over 120 years of Criminal Defense experience, our team relies on each other’s background, motion banks, success and past failure in tailoring the best defense for your case.
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 Pleasanton 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 Pleasanton and litigated many DUI trials.  There is no substitute for experience when it comes to picking a Pleasanton 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 Pleasanton 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 Pleasanton 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 Pleasanton 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 PLEASANTON, WHERE WILL MY COURT BE?

 

If you are accused of a crime in Pleasanton, your case will be heard at the Gale-Schenone Hall of Justice at 5672 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. This is one of several courthouses throughout Alameda County.

Your attorney will let you know exactly which courtroom your case is in, and a list of all cases is posted at the court each morning. The list tells you which courtroom each case is in, and who the presiding judge is. You can also find information about your case online, up to five days in advance, here.

 

 

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

 

It depends on what kind of offense you are charged with. One advantage of retaining a lawyer is that, for many charges, your attorney can go to court in your place. This applies to all misdemeanors, with the exception of domestic violence matters. If you have been charged with a domestic violence offense or a felony, then you must attend court with your attorney.

 

 

WHERE IS THE JAIL FOR PLEASANTON?

 

Most people who are arrested in the Pleasanton area are taken to the Santa Rita Jail, located at 5325 Broder Blvd., Dublin. This jail houses both men and women, and both pre-trial and sentenced inmates. The other jail in Alameda County is the Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility (the GDJ), located in Oakland, but it is rare for someone arrested in Pleasanton to be taken there. For information on the GDJ, you can go to this page of our site.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department runs the Santa Rita Jail, and sets the rules for all visits and other contact with inmates.

 

 

CAN I LOOK UP THE COURT CALENDAR ONLINE?

 

You cannot access the full court calendar for the Pleasanton courthouse online. You can find information about your case online, however, up to five days in advance, here. You simply perform a search by name, and calendar information for cases listed that day, or in the next 4 days, will be displayed. For further information, you can call the clerk’s office at the court between the hours of 8.30am and 2.30pm on (925) 227-6796.

When you have a Summit Defense attorney representing you, however, you do not need to be concerned with finding out when your case is scheduled – we will inform you when your matter is next in court, and let you know if you need to come to court or not.

 

HOW DO I VISIT SOMEONE IN JAIL IN PLEASANTON?

 

To visit an inmate held at Santa Rita Jail, you must book a visit in advance. You can book a visit up to three days in advance by calling the Visiting Line on (925) 551-6578 between 8am and 12 noon, and 1pm to 5pm. You can also book a visit online through the Sheriff’s Department website, here.

If you’re not sure where an inmate is being held, you can find inmate information online here. It is useful to check on the most recent status of an inmate, as well as where they are housed, before trying to book a visit.

Like all jails, the Santa Rita Jail has strict rules related to visitor conduct, clothing, and property.  Also, some people – such as people who have been released from jail or prison only recently – are prohibited from visiting inmates at all. The full list of the rules and regulations, as well as the visiting times for each part of the facility, is displayed on this page of the Sheriff’s Department website. Ensure that you are familiar with these rules before you attend the jail because a violation of the rules may mean you do not get to visit the inmate at all.

 

 

HOW DO I HELP MY FRIEND OR RELATIVE BAIL OUT IN PLEASANTON?

 

Whether the person’s bail is set at the police station when they are booked, or when they appear in front of a judge, the bond will need to be paid before they can be released. The exception to this is if the accused person is released on his or her own recognizance.

Most people do not have the large amount of cash at hand that can be required to post bail in many cases, and choose to use the services of a bail bondsman. If we are representing you, Summit Defense Attorneys works with a bail bonds company that we can recommend to you, and which offers our clients a discount. Another alternative to cash bail is a property bond, if the accused person or someone willing to post bond for them owns a home or some other property. To find out if a property bond is suitable in your case, you should consult with your attorney.

To post bail for someone arrested in Pleasanton, you need to go to the Santa Rita Jail. The Jail lobby is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and you can post bail by way of cash, cashier’s check, or a bail bond. The rules as to how bail is posted and what payment is accepted, however, may change from time to time, so it is often a good idea to check with your attorney before going to the Jail, or to call the Jail on  (925) 551-6500.

 

CAN I LOOK UP MY PLEASANTON CRIMINAL RECORD ONLINE?

 

No, your official criminal record is not available online. You can, however, view court records at the courthouse. If it has been some time since your case was dealt with at the court in Pleasanton, it is a good idea to call the court first to check if the record you want is still stored there. You can call the court on (925) 227-6700. To access your record, you simply need to attend the courthouse during the opening hours of 8.30am to 2.30pm, present identification, and pay any fees related to copying if required.

Some people will need a full and complete copy of their criminal record, such as for expungement proceedings. To obtain that, you will need to apply for an official copy from the California Department of Justice. This requires fingerprinting at an accredited livescan facility, and you then submit a form and the appropriate fee. More information can be found on the Department of Justice website, here.