Sacramento Criminal Defense Attorneys
At the Abrate & Olsen Law Group, our belief is that having a legal issue with the criminal justice system is a matter of circumstance, not character. Criminal defense Attorneys Michael Abrate and Daniel Olsen take time to understand the circumstances that have resulted with our clients’ criminal justice involvement. We work to protect clients from the potential penalties associated with their cases, and dedicate the time necessary in getting to know our clients while gaining a deeper understanding of their lives and needs. Armed with that understanding, we pursue justice for our clients by thoroughly investigating their cases, crafting innovative legal arguments, and using creative tools of persuasion to succeed at trial when needed.
Because each client is unique, we advocate for individualized and comprehensive alternatives to incarceration rather than relying on a “one size fits all” solution. As some of the best Sacramento criminal defense lawyers, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that our team is handling your case, and that you can contact us at any time to discuss the details. We stand behind our pledge to you:
“At Abrate & Olsen, our clients’ needs are our professional and personal priority. You deserve the best in the business.”
Former Sacramento Deputy District Attorneys Fighting for You
Choosing the best criminal defense attorney to represent you as soon as you are arrested or accused of a crime is vital to protecting your rights. When you make a call into our team of experienced lawyers, you’re one step ahead of the curve by choosing the Abrate and Olsen Law Group. Mike and Dan have spent their entire legal careers in Northern California, including serving as prosecutors for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. Our years of legal experience have allowed us to form deep professional relationships with the DA’s Office, Judges, and other professionals in the legal system.
As a boutique law firm, you can rest assured that you are not simply another case number. From your first meeting with Mike or Dan, we will personally handle your case to ensure that you always get the best legal representation. We immediately go to work implanting our proven winning defense strategy to achieve the best result for your criminal case.
Getting Your Criminal Case Dismissed is Our Top Priority
To help our clients, we determine the winning strategy. In some cases, this means taking immediate steps to challenge the legality of the charges and in others it means offering proof of any mitigating circumstances. Selecting the right strategy is everything because it will determine how the arraignment (the first court date) should be handled, and how every additional court date and any trial should be handled. We fight for dismissal in all of our criminal defense cases. This is because regardless of whether there is a strong case against you or not, fighting for dismissal may reveal hidden defenses or weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case. In pursuing our client’s defense, we will look at every document, every relevant law, and every available procedure to obtain a dismissal or reduction of the charges.
Criminal Defense Law Areas of Practice
The United States Constitution grants you several very important rights. Chief amongst these legal rights is you are assumed to be innocent until proven guilty. The Constitution also guarantees your right to effective legal counsel and a fair trial. Hiring the best criminal defense attorney can mean the difference between serving jail time and remaining a free citizen of society.
- Assault or Battery
Assault and Battery are two separate crimes often charged together. Assault refers to the threat or attempt at using force to cause harm or personal injury to another, and battery refers to the violence itself. Learn More
A charge of burglary can range from first or second degree dependent on the unique circumstances of the case. Entering any commercial or residential property with the intent to commit another crime can result in a criminal charge of burglary. Learn More
- Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence charges are serious but with our proven defense strategy, we are here to help walk you through the process and protect your rights. Learn More
- Drug Crimes
Drug crimes can range from misdemeanor possession charges to felony distribution. As experienced defense lawyers, we review the facts of your case to craft the best legal strategy for you. Learn More
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI/DWI)
DUI /DWI can include alcohol related drunk driving, prescription medication, and recreational drugs. Your experienced DUI attorney will take the time to walk you through the process including your DMV hearing. Learn More
If you have been convicted of certain crimes in California, the law does afford you a second chance at a clean criminal record. Contact our law office to start the process to a fresh future. Learn More
- Federal Crimes
Any crime that you are charged with that violates a United States federal law may be considered a federal crime. Our experienced federal crimes attorneys will aggressively fight to protect your rights and freedom. If you are being charged with a federal crime including, white color crimes, federal drug offences, federal sex crimes, mortgage fraud, investment fraud, racketeering and gang charges, contact our law office today for a free personal consultation. Learn More
Felony charges include drug crimes, violent crimes, white-collar crimes, domestic violence, weapons crimes, theft crimes, and juvenile crimes to list a few. Learn More
- Grand Theft
The State of California can consider Grand Theft to be either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances and any previous criminal history. Learn More
- Juvenile Crimes
As one might expect, cases involving juvenile crimes are not treated the same as adult criminal cases. We will take the time to understand the specific details involved with the current legal issue you or your minor is currently facing. Learn More
Misdemeanor charges can come from a variety of criminal charges. We are here to develop a legal strategy to get your case dismissed or reduced to an infraction. Learn More
- Petty Theft
Petty theft is a crime that refers to intentionally taking the property of another without permission and with the intent to use what was taken for one’s personal use. Learn More
The use of force or threats is the primary difference between a charge of robbery or theft and is the reason that all robbery crimes are prosecuted as felonies. Learn More
- Sex Crimes
We provide extensive experience and success in navigating the complex and often oppressive laws and prosecution associated with sex crimes. We understand that an accusation doesn’t mean you’re guilty and strongly believe in your right to be treated innocent until proven guilty. Learn More
Shoplifting where the items taken total less than $950 results in a misdemeanor charge while a value above $950 can be considered a felony charge of grand theft. Learn More
Act Fast to Protect Your Legal Rights and Future
After selecting the Abrate and Olsen Law Group to represent you, we immediately go into damage control for you. Any criminal case carries the risk of incarceration. Your fingerprints, photograph, and arrest record could be discovered by others. A guilty conviction could result in jail time and give future employers, agencies, and governments the ability to deny employment, licenses, travel, and benefits. Anything you say to law enforcement or in court could compound these problems. Our proven criminal defense strategy is designed to carefully consider ways to mitigate or eliminate these consequences with every action we take in your defense. Our experience as former prosecutors for the DA’s Office gives us a unique understanding of the Sacramento criminal procedure law that allows us to recognize important defenses, loopholes, technicalities, and other ways to fight for a dismissal or reduction of your charges.
When you contact us, we take the time to get to know you and make sure we understand all the details of your situation. As part of our legal strategy, we analyze all the evidence and legal documents, submit evidence of your good character, speak with witnesses, and file necessary legal motions and pleadings to get your charges dismissed or reduced. We may bring in a private investigator to research the case further. By submitting legal arguments on your behalf and negotiating with the prosecutor, we can push back against the charges. Should your case lead to trial, you can rest assured that you are represented by a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. We will be prepared to aggressively cross-examine the government’s witnesses and forcefully argue for an acquittal.
Criminal Defense FAQ
What happens after a person is arrested?
While every situation may have differences, generally a person who has been arrested is brought to the police station where he/she is “booked”. This means the law enforcement agency will take personal, historical and biographical information. Law enforcement uses this information to determine if the individual has any warrants or a criminal history to aid in the evaluation of whether or not he/she can be released from custody or if the payment of a bail/bond is required.
Depending upon the jurisdiction, if the authorities intend to detain an individual, the accused may have a right to have their detention reviewed by a judicial official.
Generally, the police will file a criminal complaint with the DA’s Office and the individual will be required to appear in court. During the arrest procedure, officers may also seize property, records, and/or additional materials as evidence.
To ensure your rights are protected and to get the best understanding of the charges against you, contact our law firm for a free evaluation of your case.
Should I hire a lawyer before posting bail?
After being detained, the accused may be given the option to post bail as a promise to appear for a court date rather than remain in jail until the first hearing. The reality is that the bail amount could be raised, lowered, or revoked at the arraignment.
Consulting with an attorney from our Sacramento law office will allow them to review the current facts of your case and give you legal advice on the best strategy regarding your bail. This could potentially save you thousands in bail bonds fees.
If your bail is initially set at $100,000, a bail bonds agency will charge you or your loved ones $10,000 to post the bail for you. Should your lawyer successfully get your bail reduced or get your criminal case dismissed at the arraignment, the initial bond fee is not returned.
If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges and have questions about your bail options, please call our experienced criminal defense law firm for a free evaluation of your case today.
What is an arraignment?
An arraignment hearing is usually the first step in the criminal procedure that takes place in a courtroom before a judge or magistrate. The Arraignment Hearing protects your right guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Specifically, the right “to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation”.
You can expect the following at an arraignment hearing:
- A reading of the charges against you
- You generally enter a plea (guilty, not guilty, or no contest)
- The court will determine if you are eligible for bail and/or release. This may be held over for a formal bail hearing
- A future court date will be set (usually for a status conference)
Hiring an attorney that is experienced in criminal law to represent you at your arraignment is the best way to protect your rights. When facing criminal charges, having a dedicated defense team to provide you with legal advice, rather than a public defender who can often be overwhelmed with other cases, is your best choice. Contact Mike and Dan at the Abrate and Olsen Law Group for a free case evaluation today.
Do I need to hire an attorney if I plan on pleading guilty?
ALWAYS seek the advice of an attorney. Experienced criminal defense attorneys, including those at Abrate & Olsen, understand the law and will advocate for your best interests. Attorneys familiar with the legal system have the best chance of obtaining a not guilty verdict, securing a favorable plea bargain, or managing an outright dismissal of all charges. If convicted, an attorney can effectively mitigate on your behalf in order to secure the best possible sentencing scenario. Due to the numerous rules and intricacies of the court system, it is wise to hire an attorney in lieu of handling the case on your own. Beware of any attorney who makes promises or guarantees regarding your case. There are very few guarantees when it comes to the criminal justice system!
If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, please contact our experienced criminal defense law firm for a free evaluation of your case before entering any plea for your case.
Can I be charged with a DUI after one drink?
Being charged with drunk driving is not dependent on the number of drinks you have consumed or your tolerance to alcohol. A DUI is based on your blood alcohol content (BAC). In California, a driver over the age of 21, registering a BAC of 0.08% and higher is considered impaired and can be charged with a DUI. Drivers under the age of 21 can be charged with a DUI with a BAC of 0.01% or higher. Any driver operating a vehicle requiring a commercial driver’s license can be charged with a BAC of 0.04% and higher.
Our experienced DUI attorneys have successfully defended many client’s rights in criminal court and for the additional DMV Hearing. Contact the Abrate & Olsen Law Group today for a free evaluation of your DUI case today.
What should I do if I have a warrant?
In California, there are three types of warrants that may be issued against you, an arrest warrant, search warrant, and bench warrant. Understanding how each warrant can affect you is vital to protecting your rights. If you have a warrant, contact our criminal defense lawyers to review your situation and develop a defense strategy for your case.