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What Clients Say
“Entre los años 2012 y 2015 pasé por un par de episodios muy difíciles en mi vida: un incidente automovilístico y mi divorcio. En ambos casos acudí al abogado Stephen Varga por su amplia y reconocida experiencia en tribunales. Lo conocí como periodista y siempre me llamó la atención su nivel de experiencia! En ambos casos que me represento, los resultados fueron excelentes; mejor de lo esperado. Agradezco profundamente su dedicación, compromiso y resultados.“
Max A., Former Client
“Simply the idea of needing an attorney is overwhelming to say the least. You need to choose wisely as time is of the essence and everything counts such as advise, process and execution. My experience with Stephen Varga from the initial consultation to the Jury trail (We Won) was based on the trust, rapport, and partnership that we both established from being equally invested in getting a favorable outcome. There was a strong collaboration between us with the many variables in litigating, the twists and turns, and the complications of the legal system. Stephen navigated through all of that and put me at ease as he anticipated and forecasted opposing counsel’s moves and “checked mated” with finesse and confidence! I really appreciate everything Stephen Varga did, as he put his heart and soul into my case and would recommend Stephen. I hope to not need a lawyer again, but should I need one, I know Stephen is the lawyer I would call.“
Carlos C., Former Client
“Stephen went above and beyond to make sure all my needs were fulfilled in my case related to personal injury/property damages. I hired him for legal advice and help on court documents that was rapidly approaching its deadline. Despite him having court and other clients to deal with, he was very responsive with my calls. His advice left me feeling confident about my situation. Speak with him and you’ll find that he is passionate in what he does and truly takes care of his clients.“
Quoc-My, Former Client
What Other Attorneys Say
“Attorney Varga is always approachable, and will give you his undivided attention, in conjunction with an aggressive and passionate defense of your case. You will be glad that you consulted with Mr. Varga, and pleased with his diligent representation concerning your case.“
Nearly 40 Years of Experience in Criminal Defense
If you or someone you love has been charged with a crime and are in need of a criminal defense attorney, you would do well to hire Stephen A. Varga, a lawyer in Los Angeles.
Focusing a large part of his practice on criminal cases, Mr. Varga defends clients charged with a broad range of crimes from misdemeanors, including DUI, to felonies. This Los Angeles attorney has practiced law for nearly 40 years. His practice is based in Los Angeles County.
Misdemeanor and Felony Crimes
Stephen A. Varga has defended many clients accused of committing misdemeanors. In California a misdemeanor is a crime for which the punishment is less than one year in jail. Misdemeanors tend to be less serious crimes, such as petty theft or resisting arrest. He has also defended many people accused of committing felonies. A felony in California is a crime for which the punishment can be more than a year in jail. These tend to be more serious crimes, such as murder or sexual assault.
The law is divided into criminal cases and civil cases. Criminal cases include any case in which a person is accused of committing a crime. Civil cases involve persons or organizations wishing to find a legal solution to a dispute. In criminal cases, the state, through a prosecutor, brings the suit. In civil cases, the law suit is brought by the victim.
Frequently Asked Questions
“What should I expect when I hire an attorney?”
The world of criminal law and criminal procedure is a world unto itself, with its own rules, customs and language. So your attorney should be, among other things, a good tour guide as he navigates you through this hostile world in hopes of taking you to the best outcome possible in your case. You need to be a well informed client to collaborate toward that goal. All along the way, the judge will ask you if you how you wish to proceed. How can you answer intelligently unless you are properly apprised? To intelligently make the choice between going to trial or accepting a plea bargain offer, you need to fully understand the plea bargain offer, as well as the risks and opportunities entailed in going to trial. You may have to make the choice between agreeing to a limited time waiver versus insisting on your speedy trial rights. You need to know the pros and cons that are in play.
You should expect your attorney to hear you out, and to be patient with you if you need something explained more than once. This is complex stuff, and totally foreign to someone who has never been in the system.
You should expect your attorney to prepare you to testify in your own defense, so that if, and when you chose to remain silent, you will have fully considered the alternative. And if you do decide to testify, you will have been prepared. It is often wisest to remain silent, but that determination should not be automatic.
“What should I look for in an attorney?”
1. Objective qualifications.
Hire an attorney with decades of experience, and an excellent academic background. Look for an attorney who has dedicated their entire career to standing up for those who can not stand up for themselves. One who has honed their skills in effective cross examination and other defense oriented trial skills. Many lawyers present themselves as former prosecutors. If you are being prosecuted, you don’t need two prosecutors at counsel table. One is too many. You need a lawyer who has always been on the side of the accused or the disadvantaged.
2. Subjective compatibility.
No lawyer is the right lawyer for everybody, and no client is the right client for every lawyer. The lawyer-client relationship is very close, very intense and very important. It calls for brutal honesty, softened only with courtesy and respect. You have to feel comfortable with the person who is fighting for you.
“Can I be released on bail?”
These reflect the “presumptive bail”. The defense can make a motion for a bail reduction at any time, but once a judge has ruled on bail, the court will not reconsider it unless there is a change in circumstances. The factors relevant to the judge in setting bail are danger to the community, ties to the community, and the circumstances of the charged offense.
“Do I have to submit to a search?”
Under the constitution you have a right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. In a criminal investigation, what does that mean?
If the police have a search warrant, you must obey the warrant. If the police have probable cause to search, their search will be upheld in court. If you resist a lawful search, you may be prosecuted for interfering with the lawful discharge of the officer’s duties.
If you are being arrested, the police may conduct a search incident to arrest. If you are on probation or parole, you will have agreed to submit to search and seizure any time, day or night, with or without probable cause.
However, if the police are asking you for permission to search, they obviously believe that they have no right to search you without your permission. If you deny them your permission to search after they request your permission, you are within your rights.
“What if I am innocent?”
This question very much relates back to the first question. You need to know all your rights, including your right to a speedy preliminary hearing (in felony cases only), your right to a speedy trial, your option to waive these rights if more time is required to develop your defense.
You need to pursue a plan that is most likely to convince the prosecutor to dismiss the case. Every case is different, and each one that I have had dismissed has taken its own path.
Prosecutors like to dismiss cases that they cannot win, because they don’t like to lose at trial. But lose they do when the defendant is not guilty and the defense lawyer effectively convinces the jury that the prosecutor has not proven the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Law Office of Stephen A. Varga
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