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Criminal Defense Attorney in Riverside CA

Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving Riverside CA, and Surrounding Areas

While California is a great place to live, arrests happen every day across the state, and people face serious charges in criminal court. A criminal conviction can change your life in costly ways, impacting your finances, freedom, and future in general.

Just because you are arrested does not mean a conviction is inevitable, however, as many people successfully defend against their criminal charges with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. If you are arrested, your first call should be to seek legal help from the defense team at DeLimon Law.

The Best Riverside Criminal Defense Lawyer

You may be wondering how to find the best Criminal Defense lawyer near Riverside, CA. Your choice of attorney will send a strong message to the prosecutor as they are figuring out their potential path forward in your case. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney who can work to protect your legal rights while giving you insight into what is happening during the process.

Finding the Right Riverside Criminal Defense Attorney

Before founding DeLimon Law, Mr. DeLimon worked for the Riverside District Attorney’s Office. His experience as a distinguished prosecutor gives him particular insight into the criminal justice system in California and how the DA’s office pursues charges. His experience conducting almost 70 jury trials – including 30 homicide trials – allows him to aggressively defend clients in court, seeking acquittals from juries.

Mr. DeLimon was Division Attorney of the Year for several years with the DA’s office, and his knowledge has been featured on many television shows, including Paula Zahn’s On the Case, NCIS, and ID Discovery. As a well-respected criminal defense lawyer, he brings all of his experience to the table for every client-facing charges, always seeking the best possible outcome in every case.

If you are in the Riverside or San Berardino areas – or anywhere in California – and you are arrested, you want DeLimon Law on your side. Prosecutors know that our firm means business, and they work with us for the benefit of our clients.

Reach out today for a consultation with a California criminal defense lawyer regarding your criminal charges.

Cases We Handle

Our firm takes on all types of criminal matters – from traffic-related offenses to homicide accusations. Some cases we handle include:

We handle misdemeanor and felony offenses, as well as charges in both state and federal court.

No matter what type of charges you face, you want a Riverside criminal defense lawyer with experience defending against your specific offense. At DeLimon Law, not only do we have experience defending against all types of charges, but also have experience prosecuting them. This gives us an edge over other defense firms when we walk into the courtroom.

For the most important call you will ever make, our California criminal defense lawyers are available 24/7 at

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Injured in San Bernardino? Our Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help

Many people who are facing criminal charges wonder how a criminal defense attorney in San Bernardino and surrounding areas can help them – especially if they think the state’s case against them is strong. As a defendant, it’s vital to understand that the criminal justice system is complex, and it takes significant skill and experience to fully protect your rights. Some of the specific ways that an attorney can help you include:

Evaluating the Strength of the Case Against You

Police and prosecutors often overcharge people, expecting them to simply plead guilty and move on with their lives as best as they can. An attorney can evaluate the strength of the state’s case, helping inform your decisions as to how to proceed.

Protecting Your Rights During the Investigation

When you retain an attorney, they will be present every time the police question you and can make sure that you are treated fairly and that you are aware of your legal rights.

Representing You at Bail Hearings

If your charges are serious and the court believes that you are a possible threat to the community or a flight risk, the judge can set bail in your case. This means you must post funds with the court to be released from jail while your criminal case is pending.

Too often, bail is set too high given the circumstances, or there should be no bail at all. If you have bail, discuss your options with your criminal defense attorney. We can represent you at a bail hearing and argue to have your bail reduced or eliminated altogether. We always work to ensure our clients do not have to wait out their cases behind bars.

Determining Whether the Evidence Against You Can Be Suppressed

The 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution places limits on how police can conduct investigations. If they violate your 4th Amendment rights while investigating you, it may be possible to have the evidence they gathered suppressed, which means it cannot be used against you. In many cases, when evidence is suppressed, it significantly weakens the state’s case and may even result in the prosecutor dropping the case entirely.

How Our Experienced Riverside Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help

Having experienced criminal defense lawyers if you are in Riverside or nearby, can protect you from the consequences of the investigation of a convicted crime. There is no question that your choice of attorney will have a significant impact on the outcome of your criminal case. You have the right to take action if you are taken into custody by Riverside law enforcement. You have the right to legal counsel if you are facing criminal charges of any kind. Let criminal defense lawyer Daniel DeLimon provide you with the aggressive representation that is necessary to take full advantage of the protection our justice system has to offer defendants in the criminal court process.

Identifying Possible Defenses in Your Case

Each criminal charge has its own elements the prosecutor must prove for a conviction, and each charge also has its own defenses that might be available. Aside from evidence suppression, some common defenses include:

  1. Actual innocence
  2. Misidentification
  3. Alibi
  4. Insufficient evidence
  5. Self-defense or defense of others
  6. Lack of intent

Attempting to Negotiate a Plea Deal

Most criminal cases end in a plea bargain. When you accept a plea bargain, it means you agree to plead guilty to less serious charges or in return for the prosecutor recommending a less serious sentence to the judge. Importantly, people who are represented by an attorney usually receive significantly better plea bargain offers than those who choose to represent themselves.

Representing You in Court

In the event that your case goes to court, it’s imperative that you have an attorney representing you. Criminal law and court procedures are complex, and unrepresented defendants do not tend to fare well at the trial. A lawyer can ensure that your rights are protected and that you present the strongest defense possible.

Don’t Wait to Contact a California Criminal Defense Lawyer

As soon as you are arrested, you want help from DeLimon Law. Our best attorney helps clients in Riverside, San Bernardino, Murrieta, Temecula, and near your location ready to stand up against your criminal charges. Seek the defense help you need as soon as possible by contacting our firm for a consultation.

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Mr. DeLimon is an award winning trial lawyer, and former prosecutor, who served as a homicide attorney in one of the nation’s largest District Attorney’s offices, before starting his own criminal defense and civil rights firm. Mr. DeLimon consistently wins victories on behalf of his clients, oftentimes having cases or charges dismissed, or saving his clients from serious criminal charges or lengthy prison sentences.

Award-Winning Criminal Defense Attorney

Mr. DeLimon is an award-winning trial lawyer, and former prosecutor, who served as a homicide attorney in one of the nation’s largest District Attorney’s offices, before starting his own criminal defense and civil rights firm. Mr. DeLimon consistently wins victories on behalf of his clients, oftentimes having cases or charges dismissed, or saving his clients from serious criminal charges or lengthy prison sentences.

It often seems as if law enforcement has limitless resources that they are pouring into the case. While prosecutors are trained to use their best judgment and legal ethics in their case against you, there is nothing to stop an aggressive prosecutor from coming at you with everything that they have. When you are subject to criminal charges, it feels as if you are powerless with the world spinning around you.


Case Results

Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving California and Surrounding Areas

  • Not Guilty

      Client facing life in prison on violent three-strikes case found not guilty at trial.  

    Client Facing 77 Years-To-Life, Gets 5 Year Deal

       Client facing attempted murder with multiple victims received 5 year deal.  

  • Attempted Murder Charge Dismissed.

    Attempted Murder Charge carrying life sentence dismissed. Client given 2 years on assault charge.

    Carjacking Charge Dismissed.

    Carjacking Charge Dismissed. 10 year state prison offer reduced to 4 months credit for time served after litigation.

  • No Charges Filed

       No charges filed against client facing felony theft charges.

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Why Trust
Daniel DeLimon

  • 4-Time Attorney of the Year
  • Former Prosecutor
  • 17 Years Proven Trial Experience
  • Death Penalty Qualified
  • Widely Respected By Legal Community
  • High-Profile Case and Media Experience


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    He has compassion and empathy for all parties as well as one of the sharpest legal minds around. He is a powerhouse in the courtroom; the kind of attorney people stop and listen to. Anyone facing the legal system would be fortunate to have him working for them.

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    I was facing multiple violent felonies and life in prison. Mr. DeLimon took my case to trial and the jury found me NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES and I was released. I owe him my life.

    -Client C.H.

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Common Questions About Criminal Defense

If you have been arrested or believe to be under investigation, it is critical that you call us immediately so we can start working on your case.

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects you from unreasonable search and seizure, and this has long been interpreted to mean that police cannot simply arrest you for any reason they want. Instead, in most cases, police officers need to demonstrate probable cause to believe you committed a crime and obtain a valid arrest warrant.

However, like most legal principles, there are exceptions to the warrant requirements for an arrest. This is because there are situations in which taking the time to stop and get a warrant is not possible or might endanger the public. The following are some reasons why police might be able to arrest you without a warrant:

  • The officer witnessed you committing a criminal offense
  • The officer witnessed you committing a traffic offense
  • There are exigent circumstances, including officers believing that someone (or the public in general) is in danger if you are not arrested, that you are destroying evidence of a crime, or that you might escape and avoid arrest if a warrant is sought

For example, if an officer pulls you over because you were allegedly driving erratically, and they discover you are intoxicated due to a breathalyzer test, they can arrest you at the traffic stop without seeking a warrant. This is because letting you drive away would be a risk to public safety, they witnessed the offense happening, and the chemical test provided probable cause to believe you were over the legal limit.

In all of these situations, however, officers still need to meet the probable cause standard for a lawful arrest. If there was no probable cause, your defense lawyer could prove that your arrest was unlawful and seek the dismissal of your charges.

Similar to needing an arrest warrant under the Fourth Amendment, law enforcement officers are also required to obtain a search warrant if they want to search you or your property, which might include your purse or belongings, vehicle, or home. However, there are also exceptions to this requirement, and police officers can conduct a lawful search without a warrant in some circumstances.

Exceptions to the warrant requirement include:

  • Plain View – If officers can clearly see any contraband in plain sight while making a traffic stop or during the course of their other duties, they have the right to seize that evidence without first seeking a warrant, and the evidence can be used in a case against you in a criminal case.
  • Search Incident to Arrest – If police are making an arrest, they can search the arrestee for possible weapons to ensure the safety of the officers. They can also search certain areas of a vehicle or home if they believe there will be evidence of the underlying crime for which the arrest was being made.
  • Vehicle Impoundment – If police make an arrest at a traffic stop and the vehicle is impounded, they can search the entire vehicle to ensure there is nothing dangerous that will put others at risk.
  • Consent – Police officers can always ask for your consent to perform a search, and if you provide consent, they can conduct a search without obtaining a warrant. That being said, you always – always – have the right to refuse consent to a search, and it is generally wise to do so, even if you believe you have nothing unlawful.

It is far too common for police officers to conduct unlawful warrantless searches. If this happens, your defense attorney can argue that any evidence stemming from the unlawful search should be inadmissible against you. This can often lead to the dismissal of charges if the prosecutor was relying on that evidence.

When you think of a criminal case, you might first think of having to go to trial before a jury who will decide your fate. However, it might surprise you to learn that the large majority of criminal cases do not go to trial at all. Many of these cases are resolved when a defendant decides to plead guilty to the offense in exchange for a plea bargain.

A plea bargain is an agreement reached between the prosecutor and your defense attorney. Because preparing for and going to trial can require significant resources, prosecutors want to avoid trial as much as possible. For this reason, they are often willing to offer favorable terms of a plea bargain should you decide to plead guilty.

Some common plea bargain terms include:

  • Dropping one or more charges if you face multiple allegations or counts
  • Recommending probation or similar penalties instead of a jail sentence, which allows you to keep working and living with your family in the community
  • Reducing charges, such as possibly reducing a moving traffic violation to a non-moving violation to avoid points on your license, or reducing a felony charge to a misdemeanor

Often, accepting a plea bargain is a wise choice, especially if your defense lawyer believes that the prosecutor has strong evidence to convict you. If you reject an offer and go to trial, the prosecutor might seek the maximum sentence if you are found guilty. You have greater control over your fate if you accept a plea bargain.

That said, there are many implications of a guilty plea, and you should never plead guilty without first having a defense attorney review your situation. If you are offered a plea bargain, weigh your options with your attorney, so you fully understand what to expect if you take the offer.

Three strikes laws set out particularly harsh sentences for individuals who are convicted of three offenses that are considered to be serious felonies, and California does have this type of law. These can include both violent and nonviolent offenses, including:

  • Murder
  • Voluntary manslaughter
  • Rape or forceful sodomy or oral copulation
  • Kidnapping
  • Carjacking
  • Arson
  • Extortion
  • First-degree burglary
  • Grand theft with a firearm
  • Robbery
  • Selling methamphetamine, heroin, PCP, or cocaine to a minor
  • Any offense involving a firearm or great bodily harm

If you have two qualifying convictions on your record, and you are convicted of a third felony, it can enhance your sentence considerably. If you are charged with a third felony that is not considered to be a “strike” offense, the usual sentence for your current conviction can be doubled by the court. If your third offense is another serious or violent felony on the three strikes list, your sentence can be 25 years to life in prison. This is the case even if the usual sentence for your charge is much less than 25 years.

If the third case involves more than one felony charge, the defendant must serve the sentence for each conviction consecutively, which can mean 50 or more years in prison for someone convicted of two offenses as a third striker. In addition, three strikers are not eligible for the usual custody credit, which can allow for release after serving 50 percent of a sentence with good behavior. Instead, three strikers must complete 80 to 85 percent of their sentences before they can be eligible for parole.

There are ways to defend against three strikes cases, and this situation is dire, so you need a criminal defense attorney on your side immediately if you are in this situation. This also means it is important to avoid a first or second conviction of a “strike” offense to prevent potential three strikes sentencing in the future.

While some people are wrongfully arrested and accused of a crime, others who face criminal charges know that they did something wrong. The prosecutor might have clear-cut evidence that you committed an offense, and you might plan to plead guilty since you think being found guilty at trial is inevitable. In this situation, you might think there is no point in hiring a criminal defense lawyer, but the right lawyer can still improve the outcome of your case in different ways.

First, the criminal justice system and laws are more complicated than most people think. There are complex criminal defenses and possible violations of your rights that can help you avoid a criminal conviction.

For example, if police officers found drugs in your vehicle at a traffic stop, you might assume that the drug evidence means a certain conviction of drug possession. However, if an attorney reviews the case and the circumstances surrounding your arrest, they might realize that the search of your vehicle was in violation of your Fourth Amendment rights. Any evidence obtained unlawfully by police officers should not be used against you, and your attorney can move for the court to deem the drug evidence inadmissible. Without that evidence, the prosecutor might not have a case against you and might drop your charges. This is only one instance in which a defense lawyer can identify legal strategies to avoid a conviction that you would likely not know about.

In addition, if you decide to plead guilty, you need to understand all of the long-term implications of doing so, and a defense lawyer can advise you of all possible consequences. Further, prosecutors will negotiate with defense attorneys for a favorable plea bargain, though they usually will not make such offers to unrepresented defendants. A plea bargain might mean a reduced sentence or lesser charges.

In short, it is always worth it to hire a criminal defense attorney, even if you know you are guilty.

The fees that a Riverside criminal defense attorney charges will vary based on many factors. These include the nature of the criminal charges in question, the potential consequences of a conviction, the criminal defense lawyer’s experience and reputation, and more. For example, fees might be higher for an attempted murder case than for theft crimes or drug crimes charged as misdemeanors. When an experienced criminal defense attorney has a proven track record of successful defense strategies, they might charge higher fees for their legal counsel.

Some people facing criminal charges are already concerned about money. They might try to save money by attending their criminal proceedings without legal representation. This is a mistake, however, as the criminal justice system does not favor defendants. Defendants without a criminal defense team often receive harsher and costlier penalties, which means they lose more in the long run than if they had hired a Riverside criminal lawyer.

While you might know you need a lawyer for a felony sex crime accusation or a similarly serious charge, you might wonder whether you need defense representation for a misdemeanor offense. Misdemeanors can only result in one year in jail, and many defendants only serve probation.

Still, a misdemeanor can impact your life in many lasting and costly ways. A conviction goes on your record, and you will likely be ordered to pay fines, court costs, and other penalties. Many people are surprised at how much a misdemeanor conviction can affect their lives, and a lawyer can help you avoid a conviction whenever possible.

Prosecutors represent the state – not the victim of the crime. This means that your criminal defense attorney does not have to communicate with the victim through the prosecutor. Your lawyer can contact the victim directly if necessary for your defense strategy. In many situations, you should not contact the victim yourself, as they might feel threatened, it might violate a protective order, or you might even get accused of witness tampering. Let your attorney handle this part of your case.

While the victim does not have to agree to an informal conversation with your defense lawyer, they will be compelled to answer questions if your defense lawyer schedules a deposition. A deposition is part of the discovery stage of a criminal case, which involves gathering and examining the evidence the prosecutor has against you. A deposition is under oath, so the victim must stick to their story if the case goes to trial. Your lawyer can learn what they will say against you in court, which helps build your entire defense.

Often, having the right Riverside criminal defense attorney is the difference between walking out of the courthouse and being escorted in handcuffs to jail. Lawyers know the available defenses to minimize penalties, including:
Negotiating a plea bargain
Exploring eligibility for drug court or other alternatives to a conviction
Presenting mitigating factors in your favor
Arguing for a lenient sentence at a sentencing hearing

Many defendants without the right criminal defense help spend time behind bars, which affects their jobs, living situations, relationships, finances, and more. Avoiding jail time is critical to maintaining your life following a criminal charge.

The answer to this question depends on the circumstances of your case. If the prosecution has solid evidence against you and offers your defense attorney a fair plea deal, it might be in your best interests to plead guilty. On the other hand, if you did not commit the crime or the prosecution has flimsy evidence, it can be better to fight against your charges at trial.

One thing you should never do is plead guilty without first discussing your options with a criminal defense lawyer. It is critical that you understand all the possible implications of a guilty plea, and our lawyers will explain these to you. Prosecutors also will not offer you the same plea bargain as they might offer your lawyer, so unrepresented defendants who plead guilty often receive overly harsh sentences.

No matter what type of criminal charge you face, make sure you protect your rights and your future by seeking defense help you can trust. Your first call in Riverside should be to DeLimon Law.

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