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Carson Criminal Defense Lawyer

Carson, CA Criminal Defense Attorney

Facing legal repercussions of any kind can be incredibly intimidating. However, facing criminal charges is perhaps the most stressful legal position a person can be in. Not only do you have to navigate the confusing world of criminal law, but you also face serious punishments if the jury finds you guilty. Rather than being a matter of money, like civil cases, criminal cases carry a wide array of intentional and unintentional consequences.

If you are facing criminal charges, it is important to know that you are not alone. Simply being accused of or arrested for a crime does not mean that you are guilty, and there are options available to you. With the help of a criminal defense lawyer, you can fight against any criminal accusations. This can give you the best chance of avoiding serious consequences.

Our team at Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP, is composed of the best criminal defense attorneys in the state. We are here to help you with your criminal defense case.

Call our office today at (310) 361-3068 or reach out here online to schedule a free consultation.

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Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP: Your California Criminal Defense Attorneys

Our team at Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP, has represented clients in the criminal law defense sector for many decades. We understand the complexity of the laws surrounding these offenses. Our firm also understands the emotional and mental toll that these claims can take when you have been accused. We are here to help you create a case that gives you the best possible chance of avoiding serious charges.

For many people in Carson, CA, a criminal accusation is a low point in their lives. Whether you acted out of desperation, made an honest mistake, or were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, we are here to listen to your story and help you advocate for your rights in court. An arrest does not imply guilt. We are here to help you discredit the prosecution and tell the story in your own words.

We provide unparalleled experience and service to all our clients. If you need a California criminal defense attorney, look no further than our team at Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP.

  • "Character, class, calculated, charm, and charisma are words that describe Robert."
    I cannot thank Robert enough for his efforts, knowledge, and execution in my case. He gave me a second chance.
    - Kevin Q.
  • "I trust this powerful team with my life, because they have saved it time and time again."
    Michelle has had a profound impact on my life. She not only has a firm grasp of legal matters, but also of human emotions. This dynamic duo worked all hours of the day and night on my case. They exerted effort way beyond the amount that I had paid them.
    - Khadijeh K.
  • "No other lawyer will have more integrity than Mr. Ernenwein."
    He has been there with me in the hardest of times. No other lawyer will have more integrity than Mr. Ernenwein.
    - Christopher G.
  • "Thank you for being our family’s advocate and the best lawyer that we could have asked for!"
    Now, my brother is able to FINALLY move on with his life and utilize the education he acquired and work in a field where he will be able to succeed.
    - Carol L.
  • "I can’t say enough about how grateful we are and how fortunate we were that someone we trusted recommended him to us."
    The respect from his many years of experience and integrity in his community is for certain why we are whole again today.
    - Karen D.
  • "5 stars across the board."
    If you are in need of a great attorney with an abundance of experience as well as a very professional office staff who constantly will keep you updated, call Ernenwein & Mathes!
    - Jake L.
  • "Top notch legal counsel and representation."
    They are the gold standard for defense attorneys. A+
    - Former Client
  • "From the moment we met Robert and shook his hand, he made us feel at ease."
    When you need an attorney, do yourself a favor an call Robert Ernenewein. I’m so glad we did.
    - Krystine R.

    What Is a Criminal Defense Case?

    In all legal cases, there are two sides to the argument. The prosecution is the party bringing the case forward or accusing, whereas the defense is the party accused. If you are the defense, you are being accused of a crime.

    Criminal cases are distinct from civil cases. In civil cases, individuals or businesses are both the prosecution and the defense. These cases involve personal injury, in which one party may wish to file a claim against the other for damage caused. Criminal cases are claims in which the state or federal government is acting as the prosecution. This is how the state or federal government enforces the law. The jury’s job is to determine whether the defense should be found guilty of the prosecution’s accusations.

    The law states that everyone is “innocent until proven guilty.” Therefore, it is the prosecution’s job to prove that you are guilty, not your job to prove that you are innocent. The job of a criminal defense lawyer is to help defend individuals who have been accused of a crime. To win your case, your attorney will infuse the prosecution’s argument with reasonable doubt so that the jury cannot be sure enough to convict.

    Recognized as a Top-Tier Law Firm

    • California Board of Legal Specialization
    • CDLA
    • LACBA
    • Super Lawyers
    • Avvo 10.0
    • Avvo Michelle
    • Avvo Robert
    • Avvo Robert
    • NACDL
    • SBBA

      Why Do I Need a Criminal Defense Attorney?

      Much depends on the outcome of criminal cases. Depending on the offense, you can face years in prison as well as steep fines, probation, and other punishments. To avoid these, as well as the unintended consequences of criminal convictions, you need to be able to properly refute the prosecution’s claims against you. The best way to do so is with the assistance of an attorney.

      Although the situation may seem clear to you, the prosecution’s job is to make you seem as guilty as possible. The only way to fight against their claims is with properly formulated arguments and rebuttals. It requires years of training and practice to properly refute these claims. This is why most people who represent themselves lose their claim and face punishment.

      Do not risk your lifestyle, family, and future by trying to fight your own claim. With so much at stake, it is best to hire a qualified attorney to help you.

      Categories of Criminal Charges

      Although there are many criminal cases, some are more common than others. If you are accused of one of the below offenses, you can trust our team at Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP, to represent you in court. We have significant experience in all of these subjects. We can give you the best possible legal counsel for your case.


      DUI, or driving under the influence, is the most common type of criminal offense. These offenses occur when a driver operates a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher, or while under the influence of any type or amount of drugs. Punishments for DUIs depend on the circumstances of the situation as well as the driver’s history.

      Breathalyzer tests and field sobriety tests are often unreliable, and police officers can easily perform illegal traffic stops. Although you may be intimidated by your DUI arrest, there are defense options available to you.

      Sex Crimes

      Sex crimes have serious consequences, and even an accusation can alter your reputation, career, and future. If you have been accused of a sex crime, it is important to refute the claims as quickly and completely as possible.

      Types of sex crimes include:

      • Rape
      • Prostitution
      • Trafficking
      • Indecent exposure
      • Child pornography or child molestation
      • Public intercourse

      Many of these situations are more complicated than they appear. If you have been accused of a sex crime, you need legal representation who will listen and fight for you. Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP, is here for you.

      Violent Crimes

      Violent crimes are perhaps the most understood offense in the criminal justice system, as they are frequently portrayed in the media. Violent crimes aim to cause physical harm to another person, group of people, or property. Examples of offenses include:

      Violent crimes are especially impactful for your career choices, housing options, and other key parts of your future. If you have been accused of a violent crime, it is especially important for you to find an attorney to represent you.

      Carson Criminal Defense FAQs

      Q: At What Point Should You Ask for a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

      A: The law states that everyone has the right to an attorney in a criminal case. If you are being accused of a crime, it is imperative to hire an attorney right away. Do not speak with any law enforcement officials or give any statements without your lawyer. In short, ask for your lawyer as soon as possible and say as little as you can until they arrive.

      Q: Should You Tell Your Defense Attorney Everything?

      A: Yes. You should always give your defense attorney the entire story, even details that may prove your guilt or make your case look bad. Your attorney is legally and ethically bound to fight on your behalf, regardless of whether you are guilty or innocent. Telling your attorney everything ensures that they can give you the best possible legal representation and be prepared for a myriad of situations.

      Q: Who Qualifies for a Public Defender in California?

      A: Anyone who is facing criminal charges and who cannot afford their own attorney will be assigned a public defender. There must be some evidence that the individual does not have the resources to hire a private attorney. They may also qualify if they have significant debt that prevents them from spending their money on attorney services. Public defenders are often stretched thin and do not have a significant amount of time to spend with each client, so they should be a last resort.

      Q: Are Public Defenders Free in California?

      A: You may be asked to pay a $25 registration fee to use a public defender. However, even this amount is a financial hardship for some people. If you cannot pay the registration fee, the court may waive it. Otherwise, a public defender’s services are free. Usually, public defenders do not have a significant amount of time for each case, so it is best to only use one if it is absolutely necessary.

      Q: Can I Get a Public Defender for a Civil Case?

      A: No, usually you are not entitled to representation in a civil case. This means that if you cannot afford an attorney in a civil matter, you will have to represent yourself. Criminal charges are different. If you are accused of a crime, the law states that you are entitled to representation, and a public defender will be assigned to you if you cannot afford a private attorney.

      Contact Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP

      If you need criminal defense representation in the Carson area, our team at Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP, is here to help. With our years of experience in the criminal field, we can provide the best possible legal support for your claim.

      For more information, contact Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP, online today.

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      Why Choose Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP?

      • Client Focused Representation
        Our clients have direct communication with their legal team from start to finish.
      • Board Certified Criminal Defense Attorney
        Attorney Robert Ernenwein is a certified specialist in criminal law, by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.
      • Over 60 Years of Combined Criminal Defense Experience
        Our team has decades of experience and a strong track record of success.
      • Former Prosecutor on Your Team
        We have experience on both sides of the courtroom.
      • Providing Service in Spanish
        Work with a criminal defense attorney who speaks your language.
      • We Provide Free Consultations
        Learn how our defense lawyers can help during a free consult.