ACCUSED OF A CRIMINAL OFFENSE IN SAN FRANCISCO?

If you’ve been accused of a misdemeanor or a serious felony in San Francisco, 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.

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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.

SAN FRANCISCO CRIMINAL ATTORNEYS

If you are facing Criminal prosecution in San Francisco, time is of the essence.   Your freedom and reputation is at stake and you need an experienced and aggressive team of San Francisco Criminal Lawyers on your side.  Our focus is devoted solely to Criminal Defense.  This allows us to craft strategies based on a cumulative and exclusive 120 years of Criminal Defense Experience.

Whether you are facing Federal charges, Felony or Misdemeanor charges, our Criminal  Attorneys have the experience and tenacity necessary to protect your rights and get you the best possible results.  We know the court staff in San Francisco as well as the District Attorneys, Judges and Probation officers that will be involved in your criminal matter.

Our attorneys are regularly featured in local San Francisco crime news coverage as expert witnesses and teach other attorneys how to represent individuals charged with criminal offenses in San Francisco.

Some of the more common Crimes we handle are:
 
  • San Francisco Domestic Violence Lawyer – The police are instructed to make felony arrests in most instances of Domestic Violence.  This is literally a matter of policy in San Francisco.  It is therefore crucial that you contact an experienced San Francisco Domestic Violence Attorney.  We will advise you as to your rights, the rights of the victim and devise the best strategy to avoid charges from being filed.  If that isn’t possible, we will aggressively defend you in court to protect your liberty and  reputation.
  • San Francisco DUI/Drunk Driving Lawyer –  A first DUI conviction will usually lead to automatic driver’s license suspension, a steep fine, DUI classes and, in most instances, 3 years of probation.   A second offense (depending on actual BAC level) will lead to a 2 year suspension of your driving privilege and longer probation periods.  A third offense will land you in jail for a minimum of 120 days.  Summit Defense DUI lawyers have handled thousands of DUI  trial in San Francisco.  We can use our experience to assess your case and provide you with the best strategy and best outcome.  We may be able to challenge the initial stop, or the functioning of the device used to measure your breath.
  • San Francisco Theft and Shoplifting Lawyer – 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 San Francisco 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.
  • San Francisco Sex Offenses Lawyer – 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.
  • San Francisco Embezzlement Lawyer – 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 Francisco Embezzlement attorney immediately.  Don’t wait for the detective to contact you.  These cases require a pro active approach.
  • San Francisco Hit and Run Lawyer – Leaving the scene of an accident is illegal under California law and can lead to severe legal and collateral consequences.  Failure to stop and exchange information can be charged as a Misdemeanor or Felony depending on the severity of the accident or whether the accident caused injuries.  Summit Defense Criminal Attorneys have handled hundreds of Hit and Run case in San Francisco and can help you avoid charges in many instances.

 

I’ve been arrested in San Francisco. Where will my court be?

 

If the police allege that you have committed an offense in San Francisco, your case will be heard in one of the Criminal Courts of the Superior Court of California in downtown San Francisco. Most criminal matters are heard in the Hall of Justice Building, at 850 Bryant Street, San Francisco. However, some cases will be dealt with at either the Civic Center Courthouse, at 400 McAllister Street, or the Community Justice Center, at 575 Polk Street.

To find out which court you are in, there is a Daily Calendar posted at Room 101 at the Hall of Justice Building, or you can contact the clerk’s office on (415) 551-0322. However, if you have retained an attorney, they will find out which court your case is in and let you know where you need to go – and if you need to attend court at all.

 

Do I have to attend court, or can my attorney go for me?

 

One of the big advantages of hiring an attorney is that we can attend court for you if you are facing a misdemeanor charge, unless your case involves accusations of domestic violence, or the judge orders your attendance after we make our initial appearance. For example, in San Francisco, some judges will require the defendant to be present in court for DUI matters. Further, if you have been charged with a felony, you must go to court with your lawyer.

 

Can I look up the court calendar online?

 

The court calendar lists all of the cases to be heard in each particular court in the coming weeks. In San Francisco, the list is not available online – it is posted at the courthouse each day, or you can ring the clerk’s office on (415) 551-0322 for details. If you have an attorney, however, you do not need to worry about this – your lawyer will keep you fully informed about all upcoming court dates.

 

Where is the jail for San Francisco?

 

There are several county jails in San Francisco, as well as one located in San Bruno (although still within the jurisdiction of San Francisco county). They are run by the Sheriff’s Department.

All prisoners are initially booked in through County Jail #1, on 7th Street in San Francisco. However, no one is housed there – once the booking process is complete, people are moved to one of the other facilities. There are two other jails within San Francisco – County Jail #2 at 7th Street and Count Jail #4 at Bryant Street. County Jail #5 is at Moreland Drive, San Bruno. If a prisoner requires medical attention or mental health treatment, they are housed in a locked ward at San Francisco General Hospital on Potrero Avenue.

 

How do I visit someone in jail in San Francisco?

 

The Sheriff’s Department requires all visitors to schedule visits to inmate online, except for those who wish to visit people being held in San Francisco General Hospital.

Visits can be scheduled via the Sherriff’s Department website, here. Visits are available on weekends and holidays, and at the San Bruno jail on Thursday evenings, although attorneys can visit their clients outside of those times. There are strict rules that apply to jail visits, such as time limits and dress requirements. You should make sure that you review the rules carefully beforehand; otherwise you may not be allowed to visit.

 

How do I help my friend or relative bail out in San Francisco?

 

Once an accused person’s bail is set – either when they are booked, or when they have appeared before a judge – a bond needs to be paid for them to be released. If Summit Defense Attorneys are representing you, or your friend or relative, we can refer you to a bail bonds company that we work with, and that gives our clients a discount.

Clients that own a home or other property may be eligible for a property bond and, therefore, able to avoid paying bail. If you want to know if a property bond is available in your case, you should consult your attorney.

To post bail, you can attend Room 101 at the Hall of Justice on Bryant Street between the hours of 8am and 4.30pm. Outside of those hours, and on weekends, you can make payments at the property window in County Jail #1 on 7th Street. Keep in mind that, if you are paying a cash bond, you need to present a cashier’s check for the full amount. Other restrictions may apply from time to time, so it is prudent to always check with your attorney or the Sherriff’s Office.

Once you have posted bail, you have to take the bail receipt to the appropriate facility – if the inmate is being held at County Jail #1, take the receipt there, and if they are being held in any other facility, that the receipt to County Jail #3, in order for them to be released.

 

Can I look up my San Francisco criminal record online?

 

You cannot find your official criminal record online. You can, however, request a copy of your local criminal record from the San Francisco Superior Court. You must fill out a form, available here, and submit it, along with the appropriate payment, to the clerk of the court in person, or via mail or fax.

If you need a copy of your full and complete criminal record, such as for expungement proceedings, you need to apply for a copy through the California Department of Justice. You need to attend an accredited livescan facility to have your fingerprints taken, and submit a form and the appropriate fee. More information can be found on the Department of Justice website, here.