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When you see flashing red lights in the rearview mirror or feel the cold steel of handcuffs clamp around your wrists, the feeling can be terrifying. Serious concerns about the future of you and your family, your freedom, career aspirations, and reputation may overwhelm you. Because most people do not expect to be arrested and may not have experience with the criminal justice system, or in other cases bad experiences, the natural inclination for many people is to plead, grovel, and apologize. Sadly, the jails and prisons of California are full of people that might otherwise be free if they had not panicked and believed that they could somehow avoid an arrest by cooperating and telling a law enforcement officer his or her “side of the story.”

If you are facing the prospect of an arrest or have already been charged with a crime in San Diego, DO NOT SPEAK TO THE POLICE! The police may act friendly, lie about evidence against you, pretend that they will let you go, or engage in a myriad of other ruses to get you to provide the proverbial rope that a prosecutor will use to hang you. Police and prosecutors are dedicated to the goal of obtaining convictions and maximizing penalties so there is nothing to be gained by talking to a police investigator.

Experienced San Diego criminal defense attorney Natalie Galashty can protect you from inappropriate questions, witness any interrogation tactics, and protect your Constitutional and state rights.

Contact Natalie Galashty Immediately to Facilitate Bail, Protection during Interrogations,
and Zealous Defense at (619) 544-1405 to Arrange a Free No Obligation Confidential Consultation!

How Should I Handle A Criminal Investigation and/or Arrest?

HandcufsFirst course of action when you are arrested for a criminal offense in San Diego is to assert your right to counsel and right against self-incrimination. The police are allowed to engage in a wide range of unethical tactics to induce you to provide statements upon which a San Diego prosecutor may build his or her case The police may use a variety of tactics, including making false promises, lying, bullying and applying other forms of pressure to induce you to waive your rights.
YOU SHOULD NEVER FORM!

If you are arrested and/or charged with a crime, experienced San Diego criminal defense attorney Natalie Galashty recommends that you immediately and unequivocally assert your right to remain silent and right to have an attorney present during questioning. Ms. Galashty is available to assist those who have been arrested 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. When you contact Natalie, she may be able to immediately arrange bail to get you out of custody and home with your family. If you cannot afford the indicated bail amount on the bail schedule, she will attempt to develop evidence to have your bail reduced.

Why Retain San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney Natalie Galashty to Defend You?

court_gavel_1237506492-341x235When clients retain Ms. Galashty early in the criminal process, she utilizes her investigators to develop evidence which may allow her to prevent formal criminal charges from being filed. Natalie advocates zealously for the rights of her clients by challenges search warrants and protecting her clients during interrogations, which may persuade the prosecutor not to pursue criminal charges. Because Ms. Galashty is a former Imperial County Assistant District Attorney, she understands the tactics often used by prosecutors, such as overcharging an offense to obtain a more favorable plea agreement. She brings the experience of an insider regarding law enforcement techniques and district attorney strategies that can only be acquired by working across the aisle in the prosecutor’s office.

Ms. Galashty also brings a broad perspective to cases involving white collar and complex financial crimes because of her experience as general counsel to a foreign movie production company, providing legal counsel and representation in the company’s foreign and international branch. The knowledge gleaned from this experience means she has the skill and expertise to parse complex financial and business transaction documents in criminal cases involving mortgage fraud, Medicare fraud and other white collar criminal offenses.

Public defenders generally are dedicated and experienced professionals. However, they work with serious  limitations, including a lack of time, limited financial resources, and massive caseloads. This is a recipe for disaster when the full investigative powers of state or federal authorities have you in their crosshairs. The State of California and federal prosecutors have virtually unlimited law enforcement and prosecutorial resources at their discretion. The financial limitations and time constraints facing a public defender can result in a recommendation that you accept a plea agreement too early or that results in consequences that are unacceptably harsh. Most public defenders also lack an extensive understanding of immigration law When you are convicted of a criminal offense in San Diego, the conviction can carry very severe short-term and long-term consequences. Depending on the specific criminal charges that you are facing, a conviction may result in incarceration in state prison or county jail, significant fines, restitution or other financial penalties, community service, mandatory counseling or classes, probation and registration as a sex offender.

These are merely the penalties that may be imposed as part of your formal sentencing; there are many other consequences that can have a more intense and enduring impact on your life. A San Diego felony or misdemeanor conviction is a matter of public record that is easily discoverable by an employer, professional or state licensing agency, academic institution, agency that awards financial aid, or landlord runs a background check. A criminal conviction can impair your rights when seeking future employment or other opportunities like these. There also are other constitutional rights that may be forfeited by a criminal conviction, including the right to vote, possess a firearm, or serve on a jury.

When you are in the police station, the officers conducting an interrogation expect you to be afraid and intimidated by the harsh atmosphere of a custodial interrogation. Most law enforcement officers are aggressive and skilled interrogators who hope to use your fear and anxiety to lead you into providing damaging statements or factual inconsistencies that will be used against you
later. The law enforcement officers that are attempting to interview you are not interested in “the truth” or “clearing things up”; rather, they are interested in obtaining evidence that may be used by a San Diego County prosecutor to convict you and send you to jail or state prison. Ms. Galashty genuinely cares about the long-term well-being of her clients and works diligently to protect you from making critical errors that may compromise your case.

San Diego criminal defense attorney Natalie Galashty has a reputation for delivering persuasive advocacy and tenacious defense of her clients.  Ms. Galashty is a former Imperial County prosecutor who has built her law firm’s reputation based on her success in aggressively attacking the evidence against her.

Ms. Galashty also brings a broad perspective to cases involving white collar and complex financial crimes because of her experience as general counsel to a foreign movie production company, providing legal counsel and representation in the company’s foreign and international branch. The knowledge gleaned from this experience means she has the skill and expertise to parse complex financial and business transaction documents in criminal cases involving mortgage fraud, Medicare fraud and other white collar criminal offenses.

When clients retain Ms. Galashty early in the criminal process, she utilizes her investigators to develop evidence which may allow her to prevent formal criminal charges from being filed. Natalie advocates zealously for the rights of her clients by challenges search warrants and protecting her clients during interrogations, which may persuade the prosecutor not to pursue criminal charges. Because Ms. Galashty is a former Imperial County Assistant District Attorney, she understands the tactics often used by prosecutors, such as overcharging an offense to obtain a more favorable plea agreement. She brings the experience of an insider regarding law enforcement techniques and district attorney strategies that can only be acquired by working across the aisle in the prosecutor’s office.

Public defenders generally are dedicated and experienced professionals. However, they work with serious  limitations, including a lack of time, limited financial resources, and massive caseloads. This is a recipe for disaster when the full investigative powers of state or federal authorities have you in their cross hairs. The State of California and federal prosecutors have virtually unlimited law enforcement and prosecutorial resources at their discretion. The financial limitations and time constraints facing a public defender can result in a recommendation that you accept a plea agreement too early or that results in consequences that are unacceptably harsh. Most public defenders also lack an extensive understanding of immigration law When you are convicted of a criminal offense in San Diego, the conviction can carry very severe short-term and long-term consequences. Depending on the specific criminal charges that you are facing, a conviction may result in incarceration in state prison or county jail, significant fines, restitution or other financial penalties, community service, mandatory counseling or classes, probation and registration as a sex offender.

These are merely the penalties that may be imposed as part of your formal sentencing; there are many other consequences that can have a more intense and enduring impact on your life. A San Diego felony or misdemeanor conviction is a matter of public record that is easily discoverable by an employer, professional or state licensing agency, academic institution, agency that awards financial aid, or landlord runs a background check. A criminal conviction can impair your rights when seeking future employment or other opportunities like these. There also are other constitutional rights that may be forfeited by a criminal conviction, including the right to vote, possess a firearm, or serve on a jury.

When you are in the police station, the officers conducting an interrogation expect you to be afraid and intimidated by the harsh atmosphere of a custodial interrogation. Most law enforcement officers are aggressive and skilled interrogators who hope to use your fear and anxiety to lead you into providing damaging statements or factual inconsistencies that will be used against you later. The law enforcement officers that are attempting to interview you are not interested in “the truth” or “clearing things up”; rather, they are interested in obtaining evidence that may be used by a San Diego County prosecutor to convict you and send you to jail or state prison. Ms. Galashty genuinely cares about the long-term well-being of her clients and works diligently to protect you from making critical errors that may compromise your case.

At the San Diego Law Offices of Natalie Galashty, our criminal defense team does not take independent investigations, including conducting our own investigation, witness interviews, and forensic esting. We recognize the enormous stakes for anyone charged with a DUI, misdemeanor, or felony in San Diego. We provide aggressive criminal defense to clients throughout San Diego County. We invite you to visit us in our centrally located downtown San Diego law offices to learn how we can help you. We can even meet with you on weekends or evenings and returns calls 24 hours/7 days per week.

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