Our West Covina criminal defense lawyers defend against infraction, misdemeanor and serious felony charges throughout Los Angeles County. Between our legal team’s aggressive negotiation tactics and the LA prosecutors’ relative leniency, we achieved an extensive track record of getting our clients’ criminal charges lessened or dropped completely.
Our local law office is located at:
100 N Barranca Ave. Ste. 738West Covina, CA 91791(626) 665-4184
Below our West Covina criminal defense lawyers answer these questions:
- 1. Who are the police in West Covina?
- 2. Where are people booked after being arrested in West Covina?
- 3. What are common crimes?
- 4. Where is the West Covina Courthouse?
- 5. Do I have to go to court if I have a lawyer?
- 6. Who brings criminal charges?
- 7. Do I need my own attorney?
- 8. What if I cannot afford my own lawyer?
1. Who are the police in West Covina?
The West Covina Police Department is responsible for law enforcement within the city of West Covina. Headquarters are at 1444 West Garvey. The phone number is (626) 939-8500.
Some arrests are instead carried out by the Los Angeles County’s Sheriff’s Department. The closest substation is located at 8838 Las Tunas Dr. Temple City, CA 91780. And the phone number is (626) 285-7171.
Finally, California Highway Patrol (CHP) police officers issue traffic tickets and make DUI arrests on the Interstate 10 (San Bernardino Freeway). The CHP‘s Southern Division is located at 411 N. Central Avenue, Glendale, CA 91203. And it can be reached at (818) 240-8200.
2. Where are people booked after being arrested in West Covina?
People arrested in West Covina are usually taken to the West Covina Police Department Jail, a type I facility authorized to hold inmates a maximum of 96 hours absent emergencies. The address is 1444 West Garvey Ave., and the phone number is (626) 939-8550.
- an arrest warrant specifies otherwise,
- the court orders that the arrestee remains in custody, or
- the arrestee is too intoxicated for safe release from jail time.
Note that Los Angeles County prosecutors no longer seek cash bail for arrestees facing misdemeanors or non-violent and non-serious felonies. So courts often release these arrestees on O.R.
3. What are common crimes?
Offenses that are frequently handled in the West Covina criminal justice system are:
- DUI cases,
- speeding tickets,
- domestic violence,
- auto theft,
- gun crimes,
- sex crimes,
- drug crimes,
- violent crimes, and
- white collar crimes.
4. Where is the West Covina Courthouse?
The West Covina Courthouse is located at 1427 West Covina Parkway. For information on criminal cases call (626) 430-2598. Defendants can search for their case information online here.
Meanwhile, juvenile cases are heard in Eastlake Juvenile Court, located at 1601 Eastlake Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033 (right behind Juvi Hall). It can be reached at (323) 227-4399.
5. Do I have to go to court if I have a lawyer?
Appearing in court on misdemeanor cases is often not necessary for defendants who have private counsel appearing on their behalf. But in felony cases, defendants still may have to appear in person even if they have their own attorney unless the judge waives their appearance ahead of time.
6. Who brings criminal charges?
Criminal charges in West Covina are prosecuted by the Los Angeles District Attorney. Its office is located at 211 West Temple Street, Suite 1200, Los Angeles, CA 90012. And it can be reached at (213) 974-3512.
Every criminal case begins with the arraignment, which is the formal reading of charges. The D.A. often agrees to reduce or dismiss the charges as part of a plea bargain. Otherwise, the case will proceed to a trial.
Fortunately for defendants, LA County prosecutors are extremely liberal and favor rehabilitation programs over incarceration.
7. Do I need my own attorney?
It should not matter, but criminal defendants who hire their own attorney tend to get much more favorable resolutions than those who rely on a public defender or who represent themselves.
Prosecutors usually take defendants more seriously if they have private legal representation. And private attorneys have the time and resources to craft the best defense possible.
8. What if I cannot afford my own lawyer?
Indigent criminal defendants are entitled to their own court-appointed attorney from the Los Angeles County Public Defender. That being said, defendants are always advised to pull whatever strings necessary to try to hire private counsel. Deputy public defenders are often impossible to reach by phone or email, and they cannot give as much time to each case as a private attorney can.
The Los Angeles County Public Defender is located at 210 West Temple Street, 19-513 CSF, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The phone number is (213) 974-2811.
If you have been accused of a crime, trust our legal team of former prosecutors and police officers to defend your rights. Our West Covina criminal defense lawyers nearly always achieve a favorable resolution without extensive litigation. But if necessary, our experienced courtroom attorneys will pursue a full acquittal at trial.
Our DUI defense and criminal defense law firm has years of experience serving West Covina and fighting all types of criminal offenses. And our West Covina DUI lawyers appear at our clients’ DMV hearings to fight license suspensions. Our practice areas also include personal injury and employment law.
Our West Covina criminal defense lawyers serve northern, central, and southern California, including Orange County, Glendale, Fullerton, Beverly Hills, Whittier, San Bernardino, Pomona, Riverside County, San Gabriel, San Diego, Pasadena, Long Beach, and more.